An opportunity to see what organisational culture looks like in action


South African executives will get the opportunity to take a first-hand look at how organisational culture drives results during the third Happy Sandpit Three Day Field Trip, on November 23, 24 and 25, 2016.

Creating and nurturing culture that drives performance, loyalty and engagement should be top of the list of goals for any organisation, but the challenge for leaders is to know what to do, and where to start doing it.

In response to that, Happy Sandpit has created an opportunity for executives to not only come and see for themselves, but to ask questions, kick the tyres and poke around under the bonnet at three very extraordinary South African companies.

Each day will feature tours of one particular organisation as well as Q&A sessions with each organisation’s leaders. Specific areas under the spotlight will be: hiring, purpose, performance and customer service.

The companies that will come under the spotlight are:

Missing Link, a Johannesburg-based business strategy organisation that works with large corporates to help them rethink their strategic direction. What you can expect from the Missing Linkers is smart conversation, deep thought and 20 years of experience in helping bright companies be a little brighter. What you can also expect is a playground of organised chaos where the rules of employee engagement are wildly different from anything you might have experienced and a workplace that challenges as much as it creates.

Different Life, a Johannesburg-based life insurance company that has at its heart a purpose of driving social impact, not profits.  Founded on the guiding principle that it gives away every joining premium and every subsequent anniversary premium to a charity of its clients’ choosing, it combines a traditional insurance company with a social investment organization with distinctive results

Rovos Rail, a Pretoria-based business that provides luxury travel services to well-heeled clients from its charming and relaxing station base in Pretoria. The company deftly overcomes common challenges of trust, accountability and customer service performance, through a hiring and promoting framework that is both daring and rare.

The Happy Sandpit Three Day Field Trip is designed for senior business leaders who are interested in organisational culture and its ability to build better engagement among employees. It is ideal for senior thought leaders, be they at corporate organisations or small businesses.

Spaces are limited to 15 participants. Here’s what some of previous Happy Sandpit Three Day Field Trip participants have said:

Thabo Nkoane, Executive: Human Capital, AEL Mining Services:

“I have studied organisational culture through my studies and have also been exposed to different organisational cultures. What this Field Trip has done is to give me an opportunity to view cultures at different companies through a different lens (inquisitive observer). The greatest learning for me was to recognise the critical role the CEO and his/her senior management team play in actively driving the culture from top to bottom. Without this relentless drive of top management, it is hard to see how the culture can be sustained.”

Raymond Schkolne, Head of Human Resources at Sanlam Investments

"Many of us, including myself, are immersed in the “trenches” of our businesses and don’t often take the time to lift our heads above the parapet. The opportunity you gave us to engage with passionate executives from very different businesses and fields of endeavour and to explore the distinctive cultures of highly successful companies, was a tremendous experience.”

Marius Swanepoel, Director Maps at TomTom Africa:

"I just came back from attending the first session of "What Does Culture Look Like in Action." This was the most amazing experience. I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about culture. Colin and team provide the ideal platform for exchanging ideas and facilitating creating thinking. It was a real eye opener.”

Niven Postma, Head: Leadership and Culture at Standard Bank

"I just wanted to thank you again for an excellent 3 days. I really enjoyed them and found the discussions, site visits and reading - which I'm happily plowing through now - extremely valuable and insightful." 

Participants will receive a starter kit of five of Happy Sandpit’s most recommended books on culture, an exclusive workbook, meals and transportation on the day, from the base of Fairlawn Boutique Hotel in Morningside, Sandton.

The all-inclusive cost for the three days is R23 800.

To book, call Amanda Mhlanga at Happy Sandpit on 011 705 1459 or email amanda@happysandpit.com.

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