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Get over it!

In his flagship keynote, Global Speaker Siphiwe Moyo says that many people for some reason believe that life ought to be easy. This keynote is a hard-hitting, humorous presentation of hard facts about life that is meant to challenge participants to get over any situation that they may be in. Some of the lessons in this key¬ note include the following:


  • Life is difficult – get over it.
  • Contrary to popular belief the world owes you absolutely nothing.
  • Talk is cheap. Eventually people get tired of all your promises.

Siphiwe’s ability to present these tough, challenging facts of life in a very humorous way has endeared him to the hearts of many.


Leading Self: getting results through your own personal effort

In this keynote Siphiwe argues that leading other people is not very complicated. There are three ways to get results through other people:

  1. You can inspire them through a compelling vision
  2. You can induce them incentives
  3. And if all else fails, you can just threaten them

The toughest person you will ever have to lead is you. Leadership Attribution Error has the potential to be a problem in the workplace. Too much emphasis on the role of leader means that followers may abdicate responsibility for their motivation levels, beliefs, values, behaviours and ultimately performance. Though he highlights factors that may affect employee performance, in this keynote Siphiwe teaches audiences how to lead themselves.


Position yourself for progress

Based on his book, #StagnationMustFall, Siphiwe uses the concept of strategic positioning to talk about personal positioning; how people can use these principles to position themselves for career and life progress. In his usual hard-hitting yet humorous way he presents lessons such as:

  • People who are too nice to you want you to stay where you are
  • Be willing to start small
  • Being easily offended can limit your career progress
  • People will always be harsh on you when you start, don’t take it personal – do the work and they will come around


Navigating Career Transitions

The things you go through when you’re being prepared for a significant assignment and HOW you should respond

I know I’m a striker. The leadership team (EXCO) knows I’m a striker so why am I in the bench? Why am I the twelfth man, giving other players drinks when the coach knows I should be the opening batsman?

This leadership development talk is exclusively for talented junior and middle management employees who are being earmarked for significant roles. You know those that are on 9, 8, 5 and 6 on The 9 Box Performance and Potential Matrix? It would be most relevant when you are launching a new leadership development programme such as a JMP, MMP, NMDP, SMP, SMDP or learnership. It will prepare delegates well for the journey that they are about to embark on.

Forging ahead in a tough economic environment

There is no doubt that we have serious challenges as the world at the moment:


  • The economic environment is tough right now.
  • The political environment is quite volatile.
  • In these tough times, you can either look outside the window and be overwhelmed by what is happening in the external environment.
  • Or you can focus within as a person/leader and ask yourself what is it you can do to increase your own personal/team performance even in a tough economic environment.
  • Siphiwe argues in this talk that in these tough, turbulent times, it is much better to look in the mirror rather than outside the window.
  • You can increase your effectiveness by simply asking the question, “Right now, at this moment, given this situation; am I focusing on something I can control, or am I obsessing over something I can’t control?”

Via Midway: leading people through organisational change.

Employees are often told about the inevitability of organisational change. Senior executives often quote the legendary Jack Welch, “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” Yet, when people have been subject to substantial change already, or are operating in an uncertain environment that affects their future prospects, they may rapidly reach the limits of their capacity to absorb and respond to more change. While all employees need to accommodate and adapt as organizations change to meet external complexity, the transition process can be difficult where change is radical rather than incremental. A “get on with it” approach often fails.

In this keynote, Siphiwe, who teaches both personal and organisational change at many business schools, assists leaders on the art of leading people through change.

Leading in tough, turbulent times (leaders only)

The ever changing global landscape brings with it uncertainty about the future of work, which often leaves employees feeling bewildered. And, as the pace of change rapidly increases, many have already reached their capacity to absorb and respond to their environment. In non-turbulent times, a balance of push and pull strategies is often enough for a leader to get results through others but in tough, turbulent times a little more is required. In tough times, leaders need to communicate more not less. Leading in turbulent times can tear leaders apart. Hard times can become even lonelier for leaders, since they must project a positive but realistic spirit. Siphiwe shows leaders research based strategies on how to get that balance between being candid and still projecting a positive spirit right.


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