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USB-ED First Thursdays and First Fridays in collaboration with USB Alumni
Dated: Thursday, August 31, 2017

​USB alumni join USB-ED on a monthly basis for the First Thursdays and First Friday events in Botswana and Namibia respectively. This forms part of a highly successful series of events that alumni is sharing in association with ED in these two SADC countries. On 6 July, the First Thursday event was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate Resort in Gaborone, Botswana. 

​Ntombi Langa-Royds (International Advisory Board member) was the guest speaker at this event. The topic of her highly impactful and interactive event was Leading in a 'Disruptive' World. She quoted Faisal Hoque, founder of SHADOKA and author of Survive to Thrive- 27 practices of resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Leaders. 

Ntombi shared that the 5 habits of truly disruptive leaders are:

  • They relentlessly pursue the truth: Confidentiality can lead to eagerly death, tell them!
  • They guide other through the chaos: Communication is essential.
  • They are decisive: Tell your team what you want , when and why, even if it is about gut feel.
  • They break the rules, write new ones and explain why: Once something is normal, it is obsolete. Be in the forefront and explain its importance.
  • They thrive on uncertainty: You never know how something will work until you try it!
  • More quotes Ntombi shared

    You need to find a Smart Creative that can thrive in chaos. Two things are important for future employees PERSISTENCE and CURIOSITY."  – Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet (Google's parent company).

    The combination of persistence and curiosity is a very good predictor of employee success in a knowledge economy.” – Richard Feloni, Business Insider writer.

    Jeremy Jeffrey and Anne Engelbrecht (MC) attended on behalf of USB-ED. It was also Jeremy's first ROA event and trip to a SADC country.  USB Botswana Alumni Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson Matlhogonolo Sebate attended and Sandy Mfosi represented USB Alumni.