About the Book.

As cited by our President Ramaphosa: “Most of our health facilities have proven resilient, capable and able to withstand and deal with the surge”. The events of 2020 will be etched in history for ever. Not since the Second World War, more than 80 years ago, has the world seen or experienced a global economic and social crisis to the proportions we have experienced.  It is lockdown day 150 in South Africa. This book deals with building capacity to create new knowledge rapidly, substituting rigid approaches and an outdated compliance mentality with dynamic and responsive structures, policies and processes when having to manage complex and ambiguous problems as introduced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This book is not about me achieving a personal goal but realizing what this book could contribute to the Business leader and Health and Safety practioner. Emotional intelligence determines the success of leaders. In the book I show how emotional intelligence should also be part of the repertoire of the practitioner and Business Leader. The book shows how to get off your chair with the team and take control of their goals and vision and to attempt to maintain business continuity in a time of chaos and stress. He emphasises how a servant leader, by serving others, will eventually help enhance the success and performance of the company. This book is not an effort to create a perfect management handbook but rather his story and personal journey during the pandemic, often personal and religious views captured in the moment and together growing towards conscious competence.

If you are concerned about how your organisation will respond to an unexpected “Black Swan” event such as the Covid-19 crisis or, closer to the skin, how such an experience may influence you at an emotional and spiritual level, you need to read this very personal and self- revealing introspection as seen through the eyes of one of South Africa’s leaders in the intangibles of the health and safety profession. 

The success of health and safety programmes will not only result in a reduction in fatalities, but also an increase in the connectedness and intangible transactions by providing a partnership based on values of care and collaboration towards a common objective of health and safe production. 

Yet, as an organisation, we have a new social and ethical responsibility towards the community and our employees. South Africa is a highly unequal society and a crisis like this has a major impact on the vulnerable and the poor. Most companies during this time have lost significant market capitalisation. Maintaining our social licence to operate converts into a different paradigm of maintaining our social and relationship capital in the future.

The Lens of  The Covid-19 Officer

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