Jules Newton is the MD and founder of Avocado Vision, a learning and development company that she has been running and building for the past twelve years.
She is also founder and director of Ngikwazi Field Marketing PTY Ltd, which is a field marketing company that manages the 8000 retailers nationally that sell tickets for the National Lottery. Jules is now available through Speakers Inc.
“South African managers need to build higher levels of emotional intelligence and people management skills in order to meet the requirements of thriving in South Africa“.
Jules regularly speaks at blue-chip corporate conference on the subjects of relationship mastery, generational theory, people management and talent management.
She has lectured on the MBA programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She was recently featured in the book ‘Inspirational Women at Work‘, and was named “Emerging Leader of the Year 2006” by the Unisa School of Business management.
She is a thought leader in her industry, and is published extensively in the local media, most recently in FinWeek; Business Day and The Star Workplace.
Managing Talent in South Africa
Every second conversation around the boardroom and cafeteria table nowadays is about the lack of specialized skills.
Companies in finance, construction, engineering, mining and large scale manufacturing are nervously chewing their nails, not really knowing how they will remain sustainable, as they watch their skills leaving the building, and sometimes, even the country!
Something important that changed is that the word ‘Talent’ actually means something different now.
It applies to all the core skills that companies need to remain sustainable.
It includes all the experience that people gain over years of work in the career path that sometimes starts near the bottom of the organisation, and works its way to the top.
This means managers have a responsibility to address talent retention worldwide, but South African managers face more layers of complexity.
The challenges South African managers face in day-to-day managing people are tough and complex, and stretch us to deal the issues and still remain competitive in a global economy.
Jules Newton – Businesswoman
It’s so easy to feel completely out of control and a victim of the life we feel ourselves forced to live here, and managers have a role to play in helping their people stay the course, and remain competitive and productive.
I was so impressed by the email that did the rounds a few months ago where Alan Knott Craig (junior), recognized the symptoms of a flagging morale and ‘victim state’ of most South Africans, and also his iburst staff.
“Make sure you make a mental note of everything that is happening now, because it will happen again and again, and if you don’t recognize the symptoms you’ll be suckered into the same negativity, and forget to look for the opportunities”
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