Mark your calendars!

2015 is speeding towards the halfway mark. Save these dates for exciting events coming up in the next quarter and plan for success!

Business Breakfast: Getting Engaged – The Leadership Challenge

29 May, Durban
Ginty Chalk will facilitate an interactive session for leaders on how to engage team members and spark creativity.

Structured Innovation Course
1 – 5 June, Cape Town
6 – 10 July, Johannesburg
26 – 30 October, Johannesburg
Yes, Innovation can be structured and in this course, BMGI will show you how to follow a systematic innovation roadmap following the D4 (Define, Discover, Develop and Demonstrate) methodology. D4 helps you identify unmet customer needs, generate ideas to fulfil those needs, analyse the most promising solutions and test the end product/process.

Change Leadership Course
2 – 12 June, Johannesburg
19 – 23 October, Johannesburg

BMGI’s Change Leadership Course will help you become a strong and capable change leader—providing all the knowledge, tools and skills you need to create widespread commitment and manage the details of any change initiative, large or small.

Navigate Change with the ChangePro Simulation
10 July, Johannesburg
2 October, Johannesburg
19 November, Johannesburg

BMGI is the only company in South Africa who is accredited to facilitate this highly interactive business simulation. The ChangePro® Simulation is designed to illustrate the importance of managing the change process.

Leading High Performing Teams Course
22 -24 June, Johannesburg
How can companies unleash the potential of people to create high performing teams? BMGI’s High-Performing Team methodology is designed to empower people to achieve innovation success.

Leading Lean
13 – 16 July, Johannesburg
The Lean Workshop is a highly interactive learning experience to develop your approach to Lean thinking. The course uses various simulations, media and games in an experiential manner.

Train-the-Trainer Course
20 – 24 July, Johannesburg
(Our last scheduled Train-the-Trainer course for 2015!)
BMGI’s Train-the-Trainer course is an intensive skill-building experience that teaches attendees how to become better instructors, presenters, meeting leaders, mentors and coaches. Attendees learn the practices, behaviors and tools they need to improve audience participation, buy-in, comprehension, retention and application.

Design for Lean Six Sigma
24 – 28 Aug, Johannesburg
Design for Lean Six Sigma, is a powerful methodology for ensuring the quality and reliability of new product and process designs in any industry. This course uniquely combines the best knowhow for developing efficient and waste-free designs (the Lean aspect), as well as those that are defect and error-free (the Six Sigma aspect).

For more information on any of our events, please contact us.

Clem Sunter to Speak at BMGI’s Business Breakfast: What to Expect (Part 3)

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BMGI’s business breakfast will take place at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton on May 20, 2015.  In this preview of the highlights of Sunter’s presentation, we look at Clem’s use of the ‘Mind of a Fox’ analogy as it relates to innovation and scenario planning. Read part one and part two here. 

‘You need the bright eyes of a fox to survey the world around you; you need the mind of a fox to map out the best way of handling the changes you see happening; and you need the speed and agility of a fox’s response to turn your decisions into action.  It’s all about looking out, then looking in,’ he explains.

BMGI Clem Sunter Gears‘Before you decide what you can do based on what you control in your business, you have to understand the environment around you and particularly the relevant factors you don’t control and how they may have changed or might change in the future.  In life there are things which are relatively predictable and certain; but equally there are many issues  which are beyond your power of prediction and which you have to consider before committing yourself to action.  If you follow these principles, you will capture all that is happening around you; and you will also acquire the speed and flexibility of response needed to pursue the opportunities and counter the threats posed by the changing environment.  According to Charles Darwin, the most successful species are not necessarily the most powerful ones, but those that most readily adapt to whatever nature throws at them. The same applies to human pursuits.’

Clem Sunter Headlines BMGI’S Business Breakfast – What to Expect (Part 2)

BMGI Clem Sunter

Clem Sunter, renowned scenario planner and international business consultant, will be addressing a business breakfast, hosted by BMGI, at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton on May 20, 2015.

In the next of our highlights from Clem’s presentation, we look at Clem’s view on how companies can successfully develop a culture of innovation.

BMGI Clem Sunter Bulb Puzzle‘It is self-evident that innovation is crucial to the success of businesses in the rapidly-changing modern era,’ he says.  ‘Within companies, some people are naturally innovative and creative.  They think laterally without formal training.  Other people, highly competent though they may be, struggle to be naturally innovative.  In the end, it’s all about nature versus nurture, which is why formal training in innovation is so important.  Innovation can be taught, not only at the individual level, but also at the corporate level, where companies need to have formal structures in place to encourage innovation on a continuous basis.’

Clem believes that South Africa need not stand back in the innovation stakes.  ‘We have had numerous highly innovative and creative business people that can take their places on the world stage.  Two examples are Adrian Gore, founder of Discovery Health, and Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors.’

Clem Sunter Headlines BMGI’S Business Breakfast – What to Expect (Part 1)

What to Expect From the Renowned Scenario Planner

BMGI Clem Sunter

Clem Sunter, renowned scenario planner and international business consultant.

Clem Sunter, renowned scenario planner and international business consultant, will be addressing a business breakfast, hosted by BMGI, at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton on May 20, 2015.

BMGI Clem Sunter PuzzleHighlights from Clem’s presentation will be posted by BMGI in the lead-up to what will undoubtedly be a memorable and valuable experience for everyone involved.

Today, we look at Clem’s view on the relevance of scenario planning as a technique and the increasing importance of innovation in the modern business world.

‘Scenario Planning as a business tool has been around since the 1940’s and has yet to be superseded by any other formal planning technique.  It is now used world-wide by businesses and governments to plan for an uncertain future.   It has been fine-tuned by our group at Mind of a Fox to the point where we have written several books and have developed a website,  There is no doubt that scenario planning will be around for a long time,’ he says.BMGI Clem Sunter Bulbs

Clem believes emphatically that innovation is becoming more and more relevant in business.  ‘Innovation is crucial to success in business.  The world is changing rapidly, particularly regarding technology, but also in terms of consumer demands and economics.  The business world isn’t like the game of golf, which has changed little over the years.  Companies like Apple have embraced the need for constant change and have turned this into their most powerful competitive tool.’