Bruce Whitfield - Speaker

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“Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers is a brand new talk about South Africa and why it is a great place for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset. 

It incorporates individual case studies gleaned from financial journalist Bruce Whitfield’s two-decades of award-winning reporting on the political economy in one of the most complex societies on earth.

  • Why has South Africa spawned so many globally competitive corporations?
  • What do we learn from those that have thrived in the chaos of South Africa and how does that shape our future?
     

Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers analyses why some not only survive but succeed despite considerable volatility and uncertainty. Bruce Whitfield brings to life inspiring stories from some of SA’s most dynamic and diverse entrepreneurs.

It creates a sober, yet uplifting perspective on the challenges facing SA right now and how some of it’s smartest citizens are navigating the complexity of the current business environment.”

The Upside of Down is a 45 minute talk from Bruce Whitfield that takes audiences on a roller coaster ride through 50 years of South African history to provide some context to today’s troubles.

Nenegeddon was not the end. What felt cataclysmic at the time of Nhlanhla Nene’s firing in December 2015 is actually proving to be a catalyst for change – a slow and painful catalyst – but a catalyst nevertheless.

South African’s have prospered despite the noise and the chaos over more than five decades. While many feel down in the dumps, we can survived considerably worse. All you have to do to verify that claim is ready history books.

As a Financial journalist, author and broadcaster Bruce has been studying companies and those that lead them for nearly 25 years.

He has learnt that great leaders position their businesses ahead of rivals to capitalize on opportunities that emerge in times of stress and disruption. That enables them to seize opportunities, often hidden in plain sight

Building any kind of enterprise in an increasingly digital, AI driven, fiercely competitive environment is hard, and success is never guaranteed.

You will often hear: “they were just in the right place at the right time”, or that their timing was “lucky” or they got a “lucky break” or that they were “just born lucky.”

Luck is not a single, random event. It can and must be cultivated and exploited.

How to Get Lucky: Where Strategy, Opportunism and Grit Collide, is drawn from the most critical lessons he has distilled through analysing successful global businesses for more than two decades.  

It is the perfect antidote to the prevailing negative sentiment afflicting many economies around the world as fears of recession and stagflation undermine leaders’ ability to shape their growth strategies for the future.

This talk is useful to all organisations looking to align their teams for growth.

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  • London, UK

Fee Range:

  • Fees: UK£5,000 - £10,000

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Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve even given him awards in recognition of his contribution to financial journalism on radio, print and television. Bruce has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year twice. He has been crowned Citadel Words on Money […]

Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve even given him awards in recognition of his contribution to financial journalism on radio, print and television.

Bruce has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year twice. He has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and he completed a course at New York’s framed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme.

He has won numerous other accolades for print, radio and television in the Sanlam and Citadel awards over the past decade and has also been crowned ‘Best Financial Broadcaster’ in the MTN Radio Awards three years running.

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Bruce was also named ‘Best Money Writer’ in the 2012 Telkom Classic Business Journalist of the Year awards.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University when typewriters were still in use, the internet was in its infancy, cell phones were foreign concept and Google was a pipe-dream.

He’s been practicing as a journalist for nearly two decades. One day, he hopes to turn it into a career.

Bruce presents the multi-award winning Money Show on 702 and Cape Talk, hosts a brand new show on CNBC Africa and he writes for Finweek.

He is a sought-after public speaker, MC and conference facilitator.

My talk saves you the trouble.

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