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'Lekgotla' is an African word for 'meeting circle' and 'tribal management', on which this title is based, is founded on the African concept of 'Ubuntu' - meaning 'I am because we exist'. In Lekgotla author Willem H.J. De Liefde champions the idea of the company as tribe. He puts forward practical guidelines and principles that will impact positively on current management theories, which, he says, are mostly based on power structures, maintained by excluding the majority from the decision-making process. 'Tribal management' does just the opposite, including all employees and managers in promoting the organisation as a community and ensuring that each gets the chance to voice his or her opinions every stage along the way. The end goal is a company culture in which all members subordinate their individual goals and aims to the wider interests of the group so they can survive successfully as a unit. Lekgotla explores the power of stories, art as a source of inspiration, the structure and dynamics of the Lekgotla meeting, the roles of the elders, the different types of leaders, southern vs. western meetings, the dilemma of the contemporary manager and much more.
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\Willem HJ de Liefde was born in 1941 in Coevorden. His working life began as a helmsman in the merchant marine with Royal Rotterdam Lloyd. He ended his naval career as an officer in the Dutch Royal Navy. Thereafter he studied economics and held several management positions and directorship in Europe, the United States and Africa, working for multinationals such as Ericsson, Xerox, Rockwool and Draeger. His field of expertise is managing transformation, inspiring employees and team-building. He is presently the MD of Tribal Management Consultants in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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