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Positive organisations CONFERENCE 2021


Two-day Conference | 5-6 May 2021

Robert Quinn, father of the Positive Organisation movement made the point that: “Organisations are not static. It is either continuously becoming more negative or positive. As organisations become more negative, the people within them tend to withdraw and underperform. As organisations become more positive, their people tend to invest and exceed individual and collective expectations.” In positive organisations, the people are flourishing as they work. In terms of outcomes, they are exceeding expectations. In other words, positive organisations that develop practices that enable employees to thrive are among the top performing and successful. In the midst of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, a top strategy for CEOs during this crisis is to create an internally positive organisation.

It is for this reason that KR has created its first ever conference on Positive Organisations. Attend this conference and receive inspiring insights and practical strategies for building a high performing positive organisation that brings out the best in its people, particularly in the tough new environment we find ourselves in.

You’ll have the chance to learn from world-renowned experts in organisation development and change management, as they present practical strategies, tools and creative ideas to help you grow and transform your impact in the workplace.


For more information contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba for more information +2711 706 6009 |


To book your seat contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009 |


DAY ONE • 5 MAY 2021


Welcome and opening remarks by chairperson


The power of purpose for organisational success
Join Julio Ferraz and unpack why purpose is so important to organisational success and how you can build a positive organisation. In this keynote Julio will unpack:

  • Why should we care about purpose and meaningful work?
  • Why Purpose is inseparable from integrity and authenticity.
  • Corporate Purpose and common good.
Julio Ferraz, Group Executive: Organisational Effectiveness, Old Mutual

10 Minutes Q&A

Positive leadership – developing adaptive leadership for turbulent times

  • Seeing and realising organisational potential - connecting people to their purpose
  • Building psychological capital
  • Bringing optimism and hope (Hope, optimism, authenticity)

Siphiwe Moyo, Founder & Chief People Officer, Paradigm People Solutions, best-selling author of several publications including Stagnation must fall published by KR

10 Minutes Q&A

10:30–11:00 Morning break


Why Authentic leadership is critical for the creation of positive organisations
True leadership has always been more difficult to maintain in challenging times, but the unique stressors facing organisations throughout the world in the last year call for renewed attention to what constitutes truly positive leadership. Join Dr Tineke Wulffers and explore how you can enforce authentic leadership effectiveness within teams in your organisation.

Dr Tineke Wulffers,
Director, Moya Institute of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness, Best-selling Author of Authentic Leadership effectiveness for leadership and teams

10 Minutes Q&A


Unlocking Conscious Capitalism in organisations

With company culture taking a front seat in how companies differentiate themselves both internally and externally with clients, suppliers and within the communities where they do business, organisations can no longer ignore conscious culture that is quickly finding its place in business strategy. Join XXXX and learn how you can unlock conscious capitalism and leadership in your organisation.

Andrew Millson,
Director: HR and Sustainability, Food Lover’s Market

10 Minutes Q&A


Repairing the moral system – cultivating and sustaining moral performance

  • What does it mean for an organisation to have a moral system.?
  • What is the common good?
  • Speaking truth to power
  • Higher values, ethics

Penny Milner-Smyth, Director and Workplace Ethics and Organisation Behaviour Specialist, Ethicalways

10 Minutes Q&A

12:30–13:30 Lunch break


Why psychological safety in organisations is important and how to create it

  • Redefining and reinforcing psychological safety in the workplace
  • Psychological safety and mental health
  • How to develop psychological safety and a speak-up culture in your organisation
  • Linking high quality interpersonal relationships, psychological safety and learning behaviours in the workplace

Mark Orpern- Lyall, Founder and Director, SynEnergy

10 Minutes Q&A


Creating a positive culture: The story of PEP

Anita Carollisen,
Chief Executive: People Support, Pep

10 Minutes Q&A


International presentation: High Quality Connections and positive relations at work

Michael Lee Stallard,
Co-founder and President, Connection Culture Group., and author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work

10 Minutes Q&A

15:30 Wrap up and close day one


DAY TWO • 6 MAY 2020


Welcome and opening remarks by chairperson 


Achieving performance excellence

  • Defining Positive deviance (Do more than expected)
  • Nurturing performance excellence - When people see their work as significant, they are willing to give their discretionary energy
  • Leading teams in crisis situations – from chaos to extraordinary performance
Prof Ian Rothman, Director: Optentia Research Focus, Professor Industrial/Organisational Psychology, North West University

10 Minutes Q&A


 Building an innovation culture in your organisation

  • Innovation culture as the foundation of innovation success
  • Ways to connect with employees, inspire cultural change and embrace innovation
  • How to create a positive innovation culture

10 Minutes Q&A


International presentation: Crafting meaningful work through job crafting

Rob Baker,
Founder and Chief Positive Deviant, Tailored Thinking

10 Minutes Q&A

10:30–11:00 Morning break


Positive change

Prof Freddie Crous,
Head of Department: Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg

10 Minutes Q&A


Fostering Positive Emotions at work

Mavis Ureke,
Founder and International Behavioural Science and Performance Specialist, Training B2B, Author of several publications including 10 Lessons to Managing Emotions for success

10 Minutes Q&A


International presentation: Cultivating a Growth Mindset in your organisation

  • How companies can profit from a growth mindset during a crisis
  • Developing and cultivating a growth mindset for effective adaptation to a dynamic world
  • Applying the growth mindset concept in your organisation

Michelle Spirit, Human Resources Specialist, Senior Consultant and trainer, In Equilibrium, UK

10 Minutes Q&A

12:30–13:30 Lunch break


Compassion in Organisations: The story of PPS in ensuring employee wellbeing during the Covid pandemic

Masenyane Molefe,
Group Executive: HR, PPS  

10 Minutes Q&A


International presentation (pre-recorded) All you have to do is ASK – how to create a robust culture of workplace generosity!  

The greatest barrier to generosity isn’t that people are unwilling or unable to help, but that people don’t ask for what they need. Requests drive the giving-receiving cycle. Drawing on his new book, All You Have To Do Is Ask, Baker describes the four asking-giving styles, how to assess your style, how to overcome the obstacles to asking, how to make effective requests, and how to figure out who to ask. He will present several tools that individuals, teams, and organisations use to create a robust culture of workplace generosity.

Dr Wayne Baker,
Faculty Director, Centre for Positive organisations

10 Minutes Q&A

15:00 Close of conference


Julio Ferraz, Group Organisation Effectiveness Executive, Old Mutual
Julio is a registered Organisational Psychologist with the HPCSA, specialising in Organisation Design and Development. He has more than ten years’ experience in Business Transformation as an Organisation Design and Development professional. Six years of his experience was as a Management Consultant working for top global consulting firms, including Accenture, across multiple industries and geographies. He is currently the Group Organisation Effectiveness Executive at Old Mutual. His experience spans most functions in Organisation Design and Development and includes Strategic Facilitation, Operating Model Design, Organisation Design, Capability and Competency Management, Process Design, Culture Assessment and Transformation, Leadership Alignment and Coaching, Organisation Diagnosis, Organisational Solution Development, Organisational Development, Change Management, Change Capability and Resilience Building, Change Methodology Development, Psychometrics and Assessment, Career Assessment and Counselling, Conflict Resolution and Team building, Strategic Workforce Planning, Performance Management Design, Training Development and Delivery, Learning Transformation and Human Resources Julio has worked for the following industries: financial services, FMCG, mobile telecommunications, utilities, government and retail (cosmetics).
Siphiwe Moyo, Author, Organisational Behaviour Specialist, Founder and Managing Director, Paradigm People Solutions
Siphiwe Moyo is an author, speaker, and facilitator. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at GIBS, Henley and Wits business schools. Siphiwe is an Organisational Behaviour specialist. He studies, teaches and speaks on employee ownership & accountability, leadership, personal & organisational change/transitions, personal development, employee motivation and team effectiveness. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration, an Executive Development Programme, a B Comm. (Honours) in People Development, a Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) in Human Resources and is currently completing his PhD in Organisational Behaviour. He is Founder and Managing Director at Paradigm People Solutions, Past Chairman of the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), Past Chapter President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) and is a member of the Global Speakers Federation. He has worked for organisations such as FNB (Head of L & D), Nedbank, Murray and Roberts, and Absa to name a few. Siphiwe is an author of several books including, Bulls & Bears: life lessons from the financial markets, #StagnationMustFall: 100 practical lessons that will activate your career progression, Via Midway: navigating personal & career transitions and Your next move: Career Strategies to survive and thrive during Covid-19 and beyond.
Dr Tineke Wulffers, Director, Moya Institute of Authentic Leadership Effectiveness.
Tineke divides her time between her practitioner and academic work. At times, her senior organisational leadership clients tell her that the organisational world can ‘squeeze the self out of the self’. In response, her passion is to facilitate the development of individual and team authentic leadership effectiveness for the greater good of themselves, their organisations, and stakeholders. Her work allows leaders to enhance their leadership authenticity, inter-relational trust, and individual and team leadership effectiveness, which leads to a positive effect on their organisational results. As an academic, she is affiliated with the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and Wits Business School (WBS) in South Africa where she lectures, supervises and examines the work of post-graduate students. She obtained her PhD in Personal and Professional Leadership in the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg in 2014, and in 2009 she completed her Masters (cum laude) in Professional Coaching.
Andrew Millson, Director: HR and Sustainability, Food Lovers Market
Andrew Millson is HR and Sustainability Director for Food Lover’s Market. Andrew has a passion for people and the environment. Prior to joining Food Lover’s Market, Andrew worked in both Europe and Africa in senior management roles in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors with a specific focus on corporate sustainability and social investment. Andrew joined Food Lovers 4 years ago where he set up and implemented their sustainability strategy Èarth Lovers’. He believes however that true sustainability can only be entrenched through a company proactively living and breathing its values through its leadership. This view resulted in Andrew becoming head of OD with a focus on culture and leadership before taking over his current role. Andrew is driven by his desire to see corporates take a harder look at their role in reversing social inequality and poverty that is so rife in our country. He has a law degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways
Penny is an organisation behaviour specialist who as Director of Ethicalways focuses on the creation of ethical workplace environments. As a writer, speaker and content developer for an international audience, Penny closely monitors global anti-corruption trends, while as a Master HR Practitioner with an MA (Research Psychology) she integrates the latest evidence-based insights from behavioural science into her teaching. With over 25 years of in-house HR leadership experience, Penny well understands the multitude of day-to-day challenges facing the HR practitioner in the new era.
Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall, Founder, SynEnergy Consulting
Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall is the Founder of SynEnergy Consulting, which he started in 2016. Prior to opening the consultancy Mark was the head of OD for Allan Gray. Mark has a professional career within HR and OD spanning 20 years having worked at companies like Harrods, Old Mutual and Unilever. Mark is a registered Industrial and Organisational Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He was awarded a Ph.D. for his research focusing on developing individuals resilience capabilities.
Anita Carollisen, Chief Executive: People Support, Pep
Anita is an experienced Head of Human Resources with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. She is skilled in Negotiation, HR Consulting, HR Policies, Organizational Design, and Labour Relations. Strong human resources professional with qualifications in Industrial Psychology and International Leadership in Retail (Henley Business School and W&R Seta). Some of the organisations she has worked at include, Paarl Media Group, Virgn Active, Vodacom, Foschini and Pep.
Michael Lee Stallard, Co-founder and President, Connection Culture Group, and author of Connection culture: The competitive advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work (International speaker)
Michael Stallard is an author, keynote speaker, workshop leader and expert on how leaders create and maintain cultures of connection that help individuals, teams and organizations thrive for a sustained period of time. He is cofounder and president of E Pluribus Partners and Connection Culture Group, leadership training and consulting firms. Michael’s recent clients have included Costco, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, TCU, Turner Construction, U.S. Air Force and Yale-New Haven Health. Michael is the primary author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Share Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work, now in its 2nd edition, and Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity, and Productivity. Learn more at
Prof Ian Rothman Director of the Optentia Research Focus Area, North West University
Prof. Ian Rothmann is Director of the Optentia Research Focus Area. His expertise is in the assessment and development of employed and unemployed people’s potential, specifically within multicultural and cross-cultural contexts. His initial research focus was burnout, stress, and coping within multicultural contexts. With the changing intellectual climate in Psychology after 2000 (towards Positive Psychology) his research focus broadened to include work engagement and flourishing of people in work and organisational contexts as well as in non-work contexts.
Rob Baker, Founder and Chief Positive Deviant, Tailored Thinking
Rob Baker is a specialist at bringing positive psychology, wellbeing and exceptional performance to workplaces as a consultant, writer and speaker. He is the founder and Chief Positive Deviant of Tailored Thinking, a leading evidence-based positive psychology, wellbeing and HR consultancy. His work, ideas and research has been presented at academic and professional conferences around the world. A Chartered Fellow of both the CIPD and the Australian HR Institute, with over 18 years’ HR leadership experience, Rob has worked with organisations from a variety of sectors and backgrounds including digital start-ups, multi-national manufacturers, national banks, local government and universities. Previous roles he held was Associate HR Director at University of Melbourne and Change Director at University of Sheffield. Rob actively collaborates with academics from the Centre of Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Rob brings zest, curiosity and a collaborative spirit to everything that he does and lives happily with an adventure loving family based in Durham in the North East of England.
Professor Freddie Crous, Head of the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg
Freddie Crous is Professor of Industrial Psychology and Head of the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg. He was trained by the originator of appreciative inquiry, David Cooperrider, at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Freddie applies appreciative inquiry in his personal life, teaching, research, and consulting on a regular basis. In 2016 Freddie received the Society for Industrial Psychology of South Africa’s Presidential Award ”for his distinguished contribution to the discipline of industrial and organizational psychology in South Africa.”
Mavis Ureke, International Human Behaviour Specialist, author of several books including Managing Emotions for Financial Freedom
Mavis Ureke is an International Human Behaviour Specialist, Multiple Award-winning Global Training and Development Leader, author of several books including Managing Emotions for Financial Freedom. She is the cofounder of Training B2B CC, a leading provider of emotional intelligence training. She is a frequent speaker/trainer/facilitator and keynote speaker at public and private engagements. She is a Doctoral student in Psychology of Leadership at William James College, US
Michelle Spirit, Human Resources Specialist, Senior Consultant and trainer, In Equilibrium, UK
Michelle, Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, is a Human Resource Specialist able to work at both strategic and operational level. In her role as a senior In Equilibrium consultant, Michelle takes responsibility for the management and delivery of major training and consultancy projects. With a flair for delivering memorable, thought-provoking support and learning based on cutting edge biopsychosocial research, Michelle is skilled at translating this research into practical tools and techniques which help organisations and individuals manage stress, build resilience and understand mental health issues. Michelle has spent over 20 years working with organisations and individuals in the Private, Public and Higher Education Sectors. Her particular areas of interest and expertise are Stress Management, Resilience Skills, Mental Health and Mindfulness. As a qualified Mental Health Nurse and psychotherapist Michelle also works with clients on a one-to-one basis, focusing primarily on clients with anxiety and depressive related disorders. Michelle’s experience includes authoring a model of learner support for 150 private sector supervisors and managers based on learning champion and mentoring models along with delivering mental health awareness training to supporters of some of the more disadvantaged members of the community. Michelle is communicative, intuitive, able to establish and sustain strong relationships with clients and achieve exceptional results in complex environments.
Masenyane Molefe, Group Executive: Human Resources, PPS
Masenyane Molefe is the Group Executive: HR at PPS Financial Services. Prior to this, she spent five years with the Imperial/Motus Group as Human Resources Director for Hyundai Automotive South Africa as well as Head of HR at Regent Insurance. She comes with vast experience having spent 6 years at Nedbank as Head of HR in various Retail divisions. She also spent many years as a public servant at SARS in various roles with her last role being that of Head: Small Business. While at SARS, Masenyane had an opportunity to spend three years in the UK as a Tax attaché where building alliances with UK and European tax and customs authorities were among her mandate. In her early career, she was a market researcher. In terms of qualifications, Masenyane holds an Masters in Business Administration from GIBS (University of Pretoria, 2013), an Executive Development Programme certificate from UCT (2016), a Senior Management Programme certificate from GIBS (2009) as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1993) from what was previously known as the University of Bophuthatswana (now called University of North West). She majored in Operations Research, Economics and Management for her junior degree. She is currently busy with her Master in Science in Human Resource Management and Development with the University of Salford (UK). Masenyane is single and lives with her two boys. She is an avid networker and a keen social media commentator. She loves to travel and wants to change the world. She believes she is a millennial trapped in Gen X body, she is a serial student and also an aspiring academic.
Dr Wayne Baker, Faculty Director, Centre for Positive Organizations
Wayne Baker is the Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO). He has also served as Faculty Director of the Center’s Positive Organizations Consortium and was the first Faculty Director of CPO (then called the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship). His Positive Organizational Scholarship research interests include (1) energy networks in organizations, (2) generosity and reciprocity, and (3) values. His latest book, published in January 2020, is All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success (Currency/Penguin Random House). His other books include America’s Crisis of Values: Reality and Perception (Princeton University Press), Achieving Success Through Social Capital (Jossey-Bass), and Networking Smart (McGraw-Hill).


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Positive Organisations Online Conference   
Two-day Conference 5-6 May 2021
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