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Celebrating the launch of BrightWolves South Africa

Written by Robyn Keet

On a gorgeous October evening, nestled between the ocean and the mountains in Cape Town, we came together to celebrate the launch of BrightWolves South Africa. This special occasion was not only a time to show our gratitude to the incredible businessmen and businesswomen who have walked this journey beside us, lending their support, advice and trust, but also a time to solidify these strong relationships.

BrightWolves South Africa launched in a fashion true to this remarkable country; with a braai at the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa. One could argue that there are a few notable sports in South Africa – soccer, rugby and braaiing! Typically, a braai is a time for friends and family to come together around a fire, regaling in stories with the consistent melody of laughter in the background. It was therefore rather serendipitous that our keynote speaker, Josh Hendrickson, spoke about the importance of storytelling in business. How many times do we begin an engagement with a question about the weather or “sjoe, this loadshedding hey?!”. Josh challenged everyone to get to know their team members and customers through storytelling. Speaking from experience, he begins each Monday meeting with 5-minute storytime!

We were fortunate to be joined by Kris Vansanten, Founder of Quanteus Group (parent company of BrightWolves), Chairman of the BrightWolves South Africa board and chief storyteller. In his welcoming speech, Kris beautifully encapsulated our ambitions and promise to the people of South Africa.

In Kris’ address to future and current clients:

I promise that we will strive for a sustainable, positive impact on your business and operations through the work we will do for you, in a true partnership spirit and subject to full compliance with our values. Based on equality, not subordination.

In Kris’ address to future and current employees:

I promise that we will develop you up to your full potential, and that we will consider you as equal sparring partners as of day one – no subordination, no autocratic line of authority, in full trust.