Around the Bloch

Major Success at Blyvoor Gold

In late 2012, Blyvoor Gold was at war. Managers went to work in police casspirs for safety, while workers from AMCU and NUM were attacking each other. Into this recent atmosphere, Lance Bloch and Associates stepped, facilitating “Healing Process” workshops for management and the unions, and then all 1500 employees.   The results were stunning: .. read more

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

What do leading management gurus such as Ken Blanchard, Margaret Wheatley, Peter Block, Steven Covey, Max DePree, Peter Drucker and M. Scott Peck have in common?? They all have explicitly or implicitly been influenced by the writings of Robert K. Greenleaf about Servant Leadership. As opposed to the clear greed and egoism shown recently by .. read more

UMHLANGANO: BUILDING THE NEW CORPORATE CULTURE

THE UMHLANGANO PROCESS: BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY In the Brits factory at Syngenta, the whole plant, from managers to shop floor dances and sings together, and then sits down excitedly to address issues that have been effecting morale and high level performance. Within 2-3 hours many issues have been resolved, and trust is clearly building. Many who .. read more

DRUMMING, DANCING AND THE CELEBRATION OF CORPORATE JOY

Drumming has become a popular process to facilitate team building and enhance other corporate interventions. It is also a form of celebration. How effective is drumming as a corporate spirit-builder? The Nigerian drummer Baba Olatunji says: “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around .. read more

THE 4TH WAVE”: CULTURE BASED BEHAVIOURAL SAFETY (CBBS)

When I was younger, I spent a lot of time at Tara Mental Hospital in Johannesburg. Hang on–not as a patient, but as a clinical psychologist in training. Because that’s what I am by profession–a clinical psychologist–so careful what you’re thinking today! As a way of introduction there was a guy who was a psychotic–you .. read more

ASIBONISANE: SAFETY & COMPLIANCE WORKSHOPS

Hello to all employees and contractors of the Douglas/Koornfontein Complex! We as Lance Bloch & Associates’ facilitators of the Asibonisane Safety Compliance workshops were very pleased with the level of participation, teamwork and learning we had from all of you. This has been a process, together with the story and mascots of Asi and Boni, .. read more

CORPORATE STRESS AND THE CHALLENGE OF DIVERSITY AND CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA

“There are 2 things in life that are inevitable:”, goes the old joke much beloved of Piet Koornhof (he of the big ears and strange guffaw, as portrayed by Pieter-Dirk Uys), “death and income tax. And it is a pity they don’t come in that order!” But, as in his much-vaunted disavowal of apartheid many .. read more

BEATING THE CORPORATE STRESS BLUES

So you’re feeling kind of stressed And in need of a good rest, And your heart is beating ninety to the dime; Your brow and palms are sweating And your trembling fingers letting All and sundry know you’re running out of time. When you not only kick the cats But rush into continual spats With .. read more

ASIBONISANE SAFETY COMPLIANCE PROGRAMME: “WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL”: ZERO HARM

95% of mine accidents are due to lack of compliance with safety procedures. “If you haven’t yet attended a (Asibonisane Safety Compliance) training session……look forward to it…..It’s an eye opener, constructive to achieving a culture of compliance and really great fun. By the end of the workshops, Koornfontein had 131 and Douglas had 62 classified .. read more

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