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Creating and motivating a productive team to perform well is a very difficult responsibility. But while it may be difficult, it can be quite rewarding too, especially when you see how people with diverse personalities, coming from different generations, and representing a variety of cultures, achieve good results in their team.

Business advisors are often faced with the challenge of helping their clients to resolve tensions in their business team, or sometimes they are called to help address outright animosity between people whose perspectives are making it very difficult to work alongside each other.

How can business advisors offer support to the owners or managers of small firms so that team members with different personality types or different generational perspectives collaborate in such a way that they are able to draw from the variety of strengths from all involved? Or, more importantly, how could business advisors support their clients in proactively building teams with diverse perspectives with the intention of harnessing diversity as a strength?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the upcoming episode in the IBASA & EPI Webinar Series for Business Advisors.


“Helping entrepreneurs to create strong teams and manage diverse personalities”

This free webinar is for business advisors who are looking to increase their capacity in supporting their small business clients in growing their businesses.

Julia Kukard, a leadership practitioner from Aephoria Partners, is one of the panellists on the webinar. She has 30 years of experience in learning and development, working with individuals and groups as a coach and psychotherapist; and currently, she is completing a Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy at Middlesex University, focussing on the development of mature leaders and cultures. She teaches the Advanced Leadership elective on the UCT GSB MBA for the past nine years and co-wrote a book on this topic.

Mornay Kurtz will join Julia on the panel. He is the CEO and owner of MCK Engineering & Training, an engineering firm he launched in 2006 from a small engineering workshop. As a black entrepreneur, he had to adapt to challenges in the local industry, including by creating a diverse team. This allowed him to grow the business to where it is today, operating on all major dry-docs in South Africa and training new apprentices in specialised ship maintenance.

The two panellists will offer their perspectives on the webinar topic covering how business advisors may help entrepreneurs to create
 strong teamw and manage diverse personalities.

As professional body promoting the increased impact of business advisors, IBASA (the Institute of Business Advisors of Southern Africa), is offering the webinar for free to its members and potential members. Those business advisors who have not signup up as members are encouraged to contact IBASA at to join.



Christoff Oosthuysen is the webinar host and Founding CEO of the Entrepreneurial Planning Institute, who partners with IBASA in presenting the Webinar Series.