Future ForesightCorporate Essentials
About Future Foresight
Can top managers be trained to think better?
What is it that makes top consulting firms so good at entering a new industry, identifying
the key issues (without missing any), solving them creatively, and communicating them
in such a way that the CEO implements the recommendations without hesitation?
In short, why do top consultants come across as more intelligent, and more knowledgeable,
than managers within the business?
Three ex-McKinsey managers believe they have distilled the answer, and have run a
program to coach senior management, addressing more than 100 groups across SA’s
top companies and business schools.
DAVID VAN DER WALT
BSc, MSc, PhD in Theoretical Physics, University of Pretoria Lecturer in Physics at UP, Medunsa and Vista Universities, Head of New Business Development for the ABIL Group, Proven social entrepreneur ex-McKinsey Manager.
BSc, MBA, M.fin (current), Ex GIBS MBA faculty (stats lecturer), International speaker on
turnarounds, Runner up for BBQ Business Man of the Year 2014, Regular invitee at IMF and Wold Bank meetings, Former CEO of Old Mutual subsidiary.
BSc, GDE, MSc Eng, Ex-Unilever GM (Lipton Teas), Proven serial entrepreneur with substantive social success, ex-McKinsey manager.
Your most important training investment is teaching people to think
Success starts with employees. You can’t do business unless the people who work for
you – from senior executives to front-line employees – can solve problems, make good
decisions and use sound judgment. Yet most organisations do little to help their people
develop the foundation for these skills: the ability to think critically.
The program addresses two primary and core thinking skills: skills that need to be
instilled in any top business manager.
This is the key skill central to learning. Critical thinking forces one to integrate concepts
and consider the plurality of possibilities when faced with any challenge. When a
manager learns to do this, he or she will be able to get to grips with complex problems,
and arrive at creative solutions – appearing insightful as a result.
This is a skill aimed at developing the winning over of an executive’s mind. When a
manager learns how to do this, he or she will immediately be given recognition for their
ideas. It is for this reason that it is used as a primary coaching tool.
• The program aims to help senior management:
• Make tough decisions that are aligned with operational priorities
• Ask the right questions to find hidden insight
• Improve effectiveness by solving problems with ease
• Transform creativity into practical business solutions
• Communicate intelligently
• Step change their career
• Better manage crises
The program has been designed and road-tested so as to quickly move participants
from theory to application and is aimed at instilling managers with the skills needed to
operate in an increasinbgly complex and competitive business environment. The
methodology of teaching is easy to digest, and once shown the path, can be easily
Run extensively on management groups of 15-30 over the past 10 years, in corporates
including SABMiller, Deloitte Consulting, Allan Gray, SBSA and ACSA – and in MBA
programs at GIBS, UCT and Henley – the Critical Training Program has proven valuable
for both graduates and managers at the highest level. It has also been found to be
useful for first generation managers with limited experience in business.
The Critical Training Program is suited to:
• First generation managers with limited family exposure in how corporates work
• Managers in need of coaching
• Managers who are clearly intelligent, yet feel overwhelmed by complexity
• Managers who are not good at delegating (there’s a reason you can’t let go)
• Those with non-technical degrees (people looking to turn their strong EQ into IQ)
• Managers battling to be recognised for career advancement
We have a risk-free pricing mechanism that demonstrates our confidence in the program:
The first program to be paid for only if delegates provide enthusiastically-positive
feedback. (A suggested assessment is where in excess of 60% of attendees would
have happily paid out of their own pocket).
Cost R10 000 per delegate, based on a minimum of 20 delegates. (Excludes travel and
For more information, or to make a booking, email Chris.Barker@FutureForesight.com
or call +27 83 625 8249