Destructive transformation versus productive transformation South Africa

by Unre Visagie on May 11, 2014

Destructive transformation versus productive transformation South Africa.

Almost all can be successful. If only they knew!

The solution depends on what the goals are? Which is first? Will it be the growing or shrinking pyramid? Which road will we take – The high or low road?

Some of the key questions I would like to ask and answer are:

  • Which beliefs and value systems (or memes) drive transformation with creative destruction in South Africa?
  • Are we aware of and do we respect these believes?
  • Should we not even expand and embrace both our strong relationship cultures and the European goal driven cultures?
  • Should real deep cultural diversity awareness not be taught at schools?

(Our departure view is that we agree that transformation must happen faster! )

We would suggest we explore two relevant subjects to start with and then move to the current status in South Africa.

Firstly, How key are the African rooted relationship culture? What are relationships cultures?

Secondly, Transformation in a creative change destructive way or transformation in a creative change productively.

Thirdly, A view on productive transformation in South Africa

Firstly, let us then start with brief notes on rich research and documents about relationship cultures in the world today.

An exploration of relationship cultures:

We suggest that insights of relationship cultures is a key part of any solution since Africa is a Relationship based culture with similarities to Asia and  Brazil where lots of research were done?

The lack of insight comes out in place like resources to do Business in Africa with First nations! Currently there are views on European economy of South Africa and the REAL AFRICAN relationship cultures appears less respected? Opposites include: “Completing tasks and building relationships often are at odds in the competitive, fast-paced, and resourceful business culture of the United States. We work hard to meet tight deadlines and accomplish ambitious goals for the benefit of the organization and ourselves. Afterward, we celebrate and relax with friends and colleagues. The attitude becomes, “Let’s get the job done first; we’ll spend time getting to know each other later.” “

Example: Brazilian businessmen will usually get to know one another before committing to long-term business dealings, as they want to know those with whom they deal.

Also consider Culture and economies or jobs? Examples in Asia and also specifically Japan

“Perhaps the most important thing to acknowledge is that the Japanese are very relationship oriented. In Japanese business culture, employees are often hired for life. This means that there is a mutual understanding that the employee will likely remain with the company for the rest of his or her working life.

Relationships are critical in Japanese business etiquette, which means that a foreigner traveling to Japan for business purposes should focus on building a relationship just as much as any other objective during the trip. Fortunately, the Japanese host will likely present many opportunities to cultivate a good relationship. This will be evident by the fondness of the Japanese to go for social activities after work, usually in a group setting.

Social Interaction

A large part of Japanese business etiquette is a heavy emphasis on personal relationships.”

These cultural issues have a direct effect on Global competitiveness as extensively research in Japan,  Asia and Brazil. Does similar research exist in Africa?

Back to the key questions then: Which belief systems or memes drive transformation in South Africa?

  1. Simply make it all Black owned: Transformation is good as long as black people are in charge at all cost as in most African countries? Consider underlying belief systems – MEMES from the past
  2. OR …
  3. Creative destruction for: Jobs for more and growing economy while transformation is driven?

Secondly, creative destruction for transformation:

Articles from USA and examples

Articles in business markets

Articles in South Africa and examples

Drivers for destructive transformation

Articles for productive transformation

Mantashe on quality and standards:

Suggested enemies of productive transformative growth creating jobs and thus drivers of destructive transformation losing jobs

  1. Lack of experience and competence is not a a driver in recruitment
  2. Corruption and nepotism is practiced as part of rapid transformation
  3. Lack of standards and quality measures (Mantashe says in sport you are fired fast with lack of results. In Government you are just moved around even while on suspension.)

We would like to take a brief look at past transformation efforts as well as natural transformation.

Business concepts like creative destruction are well known as defined in 1942

Now move to: From Creative Destruction Toward Creative Transformation

General back ground information:

“In Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1942), Joseph Schumpeter developed the concept out of a careful reading of Marx’s thought (to which the whole of Part I of the book is devoted), arguing (in Part II) that the creative-destructive forces unleashed by capitalism would eventually lead to its demise as a system (see below).[6] Despite this, the term subsequently gained popularity within free-market economics as a description of processes such as downsizing in order to increase the efficiency and dynamism of a company. The Marxian usage has, however, been retained and further developed in the work of social scientists such as David Harvey,[7] Marshall Berman,[8] and Manuel Castells.[9]

Now let us move to: From Creative Destruction Toward Creative Transformation

Thirdly we look at the solution

We require creative change and rapid transformation for growth – a growing pyramid or the high road.

We start with a framework of insights, understanding and respect for our deep rooted beliefs and values. Our people master competencies within the framework and become productive. Thus we have rapid transformation with growth. and was developed from such a base, mastered with extensive experiences.

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