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South Africa

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Johannesburg

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Gauteng

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As a Global Speaker, Zanele Njapha has captivated global audiences with her sensational keynotes and thought-provoking unlearning facilitations.

She challenges long-standing company dogmas while developing her audiences with her unique, humorous stories and insightful views around the future of work and creating cultures of continuous self-disruption.

Zanele’s core values include teaching, life-long learning and an entrepreneurial spirit, these are the key messages she drives in every involvement and engagement.

From an academic standpoint, Zanele completed her undergraduate studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and engaged in two study abroad opportunities in Canada and the United States of America.

She began her career as a primary school educator, teaching three of South Africa’s official languages and Natural Sciences & Technology to bright young minds.

Zanele Njapha

This was when she came to the realisation that the future skills so highly discussed and sought-after by organisations, were skills that were easily exhibited in children in the forms of inquisitiveness, frankness, resilience etc.

It indicated that a large chunk of the work to be done by society was less about learning, but more around unlearning limiting frameworks and relearning the capacity to think and act creatively.

Using such key education and creativity-related insights, Zanele now works with TomorrowToday Global and has since assisted clients such as ENS Africa, Standard Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, The Discovery Group and The Spar Group to approach an uncertain future with confidence.

In 2019, she was recognised by Avance Media as the 45th Most Influential Young South African on the final list of 100 young South Africans.

During the same year, Zanele became the winner of the Professional Speakers Association’s Speaker Factor Competition, making her the very first speaker to attain this award in Southern Africa.

In 2020, she made the Junior Chamber International (SA)’s list of 21 Top Outstanding Young Persons.

She now serves fellow speakers, coaches, consultants and trainers as the KwaZulu-Natal Chapter President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa.

Keynote Topic #1

The UnLearning Lady 

  • Awareness - taking inventory of the 'old' and the normal - disengage instincts

  • What do we wish to discard?

  • What do we wish to keep that will serve us as we progress?

  • What do we need to acquire that we have never had before?

  • How do we use what we have to experiment and explore?

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Transitions are uncomfortable and this often dissuades and discourages teams from transitioning successfully. Navigating Transitions uses ambiguity exercises to introduce this discomfort or confusion and encourage teams to see the discomfort for what it is - an invitation to unlearn and cross over.

'Navigating Transitions' makes clear why the discomfort exists and why we often fail to transition successfully when faced with this discomfort.

UnLearning approaches transitions with a known to unknown strategy. We understand that the biggest hurdle with transitions is an anxiety around what we do not know, that takes us away from the familiar.

Using the principles of UnLearning, the presentation and workshop helps teams take stock of who they were, understand their power and successfully grab hold of a new identity.

 

  • Teach techniques that help to make successful transitions in life and business

  • Shed light on why some some companies succeed while others fail when transitioning

  • Help teams appreciate and understand the pivotal UnLearning factors that contribute to making successful transitions

  • Evoke attitudes of patience, courage and enthusiasm in transitioning individuals

Keynote Topic #2

Cracking the Unlearning Code

Learning organisations are as such with the intention of adaptability and confidence in the face of disruptive change. What happens when the skills and knowledge in place are no longer relevant and a change of perspective is needed? How often do organisations challenge long-standing perspectives and strategies/tactics? Unfortunately even with programs that encourage learning, organisations are not ‘future-fit’ because they struggle to unlearn.

This keynote / workshop, decodes the value of unlearning, outlines the dangers of organisational failure to unlearn and sets out key traits of organisations that wish to adopt a culture of continuous development.

The organisations that are still in existence after years of industrial disruption and those that will be standing in the next twenty plus years are those that were able to adapt and respond confidently to disruption. When organisations build learning, unlearning and relearning into the very hearts or rather, DNA of their company culture, they are able to innovate and become proactive, whatever tomorrow may throw their way.

We will look at unlearning and what (it is), why (it is important) and how (to do it) within the structures and walls of your unique organisation. Participants will leave with a clear idea as to what an organisational culture of unlearning looks like, doesn’t look like and how they can begin fostering it for future-fitness.

Cracking The UnLearning Code can be fully customised to fit a keynote time slot of anything between 45-90 minutes (our recommendation is for 60 minutes or more).

Workshops can be anything between half-a-day to two-days. The workshop offers a very interactive engagement including some experiential learning exercises.

Keynote Topic #3

Tomorrows World Today

We’re not just living in a time of turbulent change – we are actually experiencing an era shift in history. The rules for success and failure are being rewritten, and there’s no “business as usual” anymore. This is true in every industry and every market. Smart leaders need to keep ahead of these changes by anticipating them, and developing a future-focused skill set. The most successful companies are going to be those that build future thinking, adaptability and innovation into their very DNA.

To do this, we need a new toolkit of skills for the leaders and their teams who are navigating exponential change.

Look beyond the next horizon:

This is the heart of the session as we use TomorrowToday’s TIDES Model of Disruptive Change to introduce key areas in which we anticipate disruptive change in the next 5-10 years. This section is constantly updated and highly customised for each client we work with, ensuring the example we choose to look at connect with your team. These include energy, graphene, nanotech, hydroponic farming, the Internet of Things (especially at home), smartphones, genetics, robotics, cyborgs, driverless cars, Millennials, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, AI/algorithms, 3d printing, the growth of developing markets, the 100 year lifespan, urbanisation, the on demand workforce, and more.

Be curious and experiment more.

The best way to deal with uncertainty and volatility is to develop an experimental mindset. This is the basis of agility and resilience. We lay out the key organisational requirements to make this a reality.

Embrace Difference.

Listen to different voices, actively engage with different thinking. This is not diversity quotas or compliance, but about accessing different worldviews in your team and environment. In a workshop session, we can go deeper here into cognitive biases and thinking skills.

Leverage technology (not just digitise).

Too many businesses are simply taking their old systems and processes and putting them online, without understanding or taking advantage of the new principles of the digital age. true innovation in the digital age is not merely about product, service and distribution, it’s actually about innovating your whole business model too. This session will show you how, and in workshop format will help your team come up with these new ways of thinking.

Sell Solutions not Products.

Not just something for the sales team to consider, but for every person in our businesses. As we scan the horizon we must look for opportunities to add value and to push our organisations into the future.

Deal with limiting orthodoxies.

This refers to habits of thinking and action, and “the way things are done around here”, and which of these might be holding us back. We will specifically consider what we measure and reward.

  • Identify the latest and most significant disruptors changing the world (constantly updated and customised for each client’s industry)

  • Understand how these disruptors will impact your customers and staff

  • Identify key mindset and behaviour changes required for success in a changing world

  • Develop a plan to ensure their team is future-fit

 

This presentation or workshop provides a future-focused leadership toolkit, along with a compelling picture of the near future. It will inspire and inform in equal measure, and leave your team excited about the future while at the same time knowing what each of them can do to help you get there. It’s both eye-opening and practical, and will inspire your team to face the future with confidence and excitement.

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  • Lauren McGill
    11/19/2020 at 9:10 am

    “Wow! What a phenomenal talent Zanele has of making people feel welcome. She takes complex, intimidating subject matter and makes it accessible to everyone. We had the pleasure of having Zanele present at our AGM and then later a facilitated unlearning workshop with our team. Thank you for your perspective and sharing time with us.” Lauren McGill (Programme Director – Kamvalethu)

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  • Roxanne Moodley
    11/11/2020 at 8:59 am

    “Thank YOU SOOOOO much and thank you for giving up your time and treasures to be with us. YOU were everything we wanted to end the conference off and MORE.” Roxanne Moodley (Event Manager – Institute of Risk Management South Africa)

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  • Hanley Delport
    11/03/2020 at 9:14 am

    We will try to download the comments for your session and share with you, but just wanted to let you know people really enjoyed it a lot!!! Thank you for starting the day on a HIGH note! Hanley Delport (Conference Consulting SA)

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  • Taruna Bramdaw
    10/20/2020 at 9:10 am

    “Zanele, you were brilliant, so well received” Taruna Bramdaw (Events & Committee Assistant, SAICA)

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  • Graeme Eliiot
    10/07/2020 at 9:14 am

    “Thank you for a great afternoon which made us all think deeper into what we require to do in the future.” Graeme Eliiot (Head of Sales, VWFS)

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  • Beth Stambler
    09/24/2020 at 9:18 am

    “I just wanted to send you a thank you for participating in our Summit. You are truly inspiring and I won’t forget those videos you showed us. Your concept around unlearning is wonderful and is something I’ve started to practice and I know our participants and viewers got so much out of it as well.” Beth Stambler (Managing Director of WEBO Network North Denver Chapter)

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  • Edwin Maroga
    09/16/2020 at 9:18 am

    “It was truly a pleasure to work with Zanele and TomorrowToday, true professionalism. I have no doubt you would be top of mind for events of this magnitude going forward.” Edwin Maroga (Client/Market Liaison, Marsh MEA)

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  • Stella Coetzee
    08/18/2020 at 9:19 am

    “Wow Zanele, I do not have words to describe your presentation yesterday at the Fourways Community Chamber of Business’s Virtual Trade Fair. I loved the manner in which you delivered such gripping content on “how to UNLEARN” certain behaviour and thinking patterns. I was glued to the screen during the whole presentation. I also loved the interactive element which you brought in to ask questions during your talk and to keep your audience engaged. Well done – fabulous talk!!” Stella Coetzee (FHL Divorce Mediation)

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