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Francois Kriel is an IMCSA accredited management consultant with change management and digital transformation as specialisation areas. He works full-time as director at Kriel & Co where he leads a dynamic team currently facilitating digital change at several high-profile organisations. Francois also supports Stellenbosch University as guest lecturer to business management honours students. He is an advocate for collaborative leadership, mentorship and LGBTQI+ inclusivity.
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Direct marketing for brands and marketing agencies in the privacy-first eraHas the privacy era and the evolving opt-in sensitive culture killed direct marketing as we used to know it? 1 Dec 2021 Read more

Find your organisation's sweet spot for infinite change: CultureWhen you belong to a chosen community, you have most likely made a conscious choice to actively participate alongside a group of like-minded individuals. The goal? To reach a shared objective - whether this is to keep your local beach or park litter free, whether it is to promote the interests of your industry, or whether you are part of the local Tuesday afternoon soccer team. 2 Nov 2021 Read more

Blind spots an information officer needs to navigate when preparing for cybersecurity threatsThink about this question for a second: What is the probability that your organisation might fall victim to a cybersecurity threat? 6 Oct 2021 Read more

#BizTrends2021: 4 areas in which your business can practice its swivelUnforeseen events give us an opportunity to not only overcome the challenge, but to consider how we could best implement change practically to achieve a better outcome. The same principle applies just as much to policies and procedures of organisations when the likelihood of change, be it interruptions of large- or small-scale, are top of mind before these events take place. 3 Sep 2021 Read more

The evolution of the right to protect privacyIs an individual's personal information only private until it is made public? 2 Aug 2021 Read more

Put context culture first in a multicultural organisationBesides the fact that teambuilding getaways and other mass organisational events are perhaps (for the foreseeable future and for obvious reasons) a thing of the past, we were considering whether team building events really work to cement organisational culture in the long run, and with so many organisations adapting a hybrid office model? 5 Jul 2021 Read more

Plot twist ahead for yesteryear's digital marketersLooking back to the 2002 film Minority Report, it certainly seems as if director Steven Spielberg was privy to the future. The box office and critically acclaimed film points out how we stand to lose our privacy when public digital ads can find you anywhere, trying to sell you things based on your previous purchases. 3 Jun 2021 Read more

5 (wellness-friendly) habits of a successful change facilitatorDo this exercise with me. Imagine a tennis court at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships with two players. The players have warmed up and are taking their position. Masked and socially-distanced spectators await in silence. Player one bounces the ball, ready to serve. He serves outside the line. The umpire sounds the bell. The tension is too much, considering the year that was. The crowd, with the second wave lockdown still fresh in their memories thus unsure how to conduct themselves at a public event, starts heckling. Player one repositions himself for another serve. His serve is out. Again. The crowd continues to heckle. Player one is their target, they have decided. The umpire tries to maintain calm. Player two gets ready to serve. Does he keep his composure? Does the heckling feed his confidence? Or will he too snap under the collective pressure? 10 May 2021 Read more

The dawn of an opt in culture demands changing marketing modelsMarketing models are continuously gearing upwards and onwards to meet where customers gather - online. 12 Apr 2021 Read more

The consulting industry needs a wellness revolutionAn ever-changing world is seeing organisations increasingly turning to management consultants to reshape their business strategies. 8 Mar 2021 Read more

3 data safe work-from-home habits CIOs should considerOrganisations have been exposed to a significant number of megatrends and disruptors in a short space of time. One such disruptor that, rightly so, is getting quite a bit of attention is the megatrend of remote-working, also called work-from-home (WFH) or work-from-anywhere. 4 Feb 2021 Read more

3 tips for balancing personal information while maintaining that personalised marketing edgeCustomers' voices, in the form of smart data, can change the financial trajectory of brands and the loyalty of customers. Data powers everything - from delivering on marketing strategies to evaluating its success and everything in between. 26 Nov 2020 Read more

How the CIO rose to the occasion in 2020A prioritised digital strategy is nothing new to modern organisations. As far back as early 2019, I came across a bold statement in Forbes magazine. The article asked the question whether digital transformation would be upending the C-suite? Would it bring about new corporate titles and functions such as the Chief Digital Officer and Chief Data Officer and threaten the existence of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)? 27 Oct 2020 Read more

Where data meets sustainable growth, the protection of information should be inherentIt creates a clear ethical crossroad when data meets profit. At any kind of crossroad, one usually finds that there is some form of governing sign - let's call it a framework. The end goal is to protect the boundaries of such a junction and establish fair rules for both sides to operate within. Profitability should not be the result at the cost of raw or processed data. 21 Sep 2020 Read more

Employee retention strategies start with the onboarding experienceBill Gates is of opinion that the pandemic is here to stay until the end of 2021. If you thought you could get away with winging business by only planning for the here and now, I would advise you to think again and get the proverbial drawing board out of the cupboard. We need to accept this pandemic is part of our reality for the next couple of years. 21 Aug 2020 Read more

Hybrid working to define The Office 2.0A recent Henderson Institute paper, The Science of Organisational Change, argues that the most successful organisations in the 2020s will be those who "constantly learn and adapt to changing realities." 17 Jul 2020 Read more

Gig economy professionals leading organisational changeRight now, from the vantage point as an external stakeholder, management consultants can potentially offer a valuable perspective to leadership at the helm of organisations, when done responsibly. 15 May 2020 Read more