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How strategy planning can miss the point

We re-read a 2014 Harvard Business Review article by Roger L. Martin that got us thinking again about how to plan and operate in a VUCA world. The essential challenge, Martin argues, is that strategy by definition involves pinning down expectations about the future and planning accordingly. But because the future is unknowable, that feels risky. Most of us (and this is certainly true of the bean counters in our businesses) hate risk, and so we deal with this anxiety by using “tried and tested” tools, typically...

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5 Meditations from dr roze phillips

Dr Roze is a futurist, a consultant, and an advocate for the abundance of Africa. LevelUp was lucky to have her conduct a masterclass for our community. Her central thesis for our session: Africa has a bright, bright future, and all of us are part of that. There is a caveat, of course: success in our world doesn’t flow without us doing significant work, starting with really getting to know...

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BIOPLASTICS: A NEW FRONTIER

Every year, especially during Plastic-free July, we all get a load of plastics education - such as that ±380m tons of plastic are produced globally, only about 9% of that is...

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SUPER APPS: THE FUTURE IS HERE

What is a super app? A super app is a seamless platform which hosts a cluster of businesses and services, and allows you to do everything with a single log-in. Let’s take the...

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WOMEN FOUNDERS ARE #WINNING. SO WHERE ARE THE INVESTORS?

At the Global Startup Awards Africa event in June 2022, LevelUp sponsored and moderated what many people said was their highlight of Day 1: a panel discussion around the future of funding and gender-lens investing in Africa. The panel consisted of: Sarah Dusek, venture capitalist and founder of Enygma Ventures,...

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PARADIGMS BUSINESS NEEDS NOW: PURPOSE, CREATIVITY, ANALYTICS

According to a recent McKinsey report, companies that integrate creativity, analytics, and purpose are delivering at least twice the growth of their peers. In an analysis of what this means, Stellenbosch University's Institute for Future Studies points out that the pandemic disrupted not just life and health, but...

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