Leadership At The Forefront Of Business Innovation

Earlier this month, business innovators were in the spotlight at the prestigious TT100 Business Innovation Awards which took place at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park. 

These annual awards celebrate those organisations that manage their technology, innovation and people in a systemic way.  

The theme for #tt1002019 was “Leadership Lessons from Nature”.  Prof Bennie Anderson: Director of tt100 explains that the theme was selected to represent how we as individuals and organisations alike can take leadership lessons from nature. Prof Anderson laments that “in essence, the leadership lessons depicted from the animal kingdom are humane in nature reminding us of who we are as people, and how we express ourselves as part of the universe. However, as much as it reminds us of who we are, unfortunately as a human race we are often trapped as members of a working environment as a result of all of us having become part of an economic system where production and power determines the drumbeat.” 

Since 1991, tt100 has been recognising innovation and technological prowess in emerging, small, medium and large South African organisations. 

The key note speaker at the event was Director General of the Department of Science and Innovation, Dr Phil Mjwara. This has solidified TT100’s relationship with the Department of Science and Innovation.

In attendance at the event was also the Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi and Commissioner of SARS Prof Edward Kieswetter who joined the tt100 Business Innovation Awards event.

The winners in each of the categories of emerging, small, medium and large businesses were announced at the prize giving ceremony. There are also two special awards that were presented; The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Director General Award for Overall Excellence for emerging and small organisations and The Department of Science and Technology Minister Award for Overall Excellence for the overall winner. 

The tt100 programme provides enormous benefits to winners and finalists. The participants receive intensive, customised feedback on how they manage technology, innovation, people and systems, enabling them to boost innovation outputs in a way that positively impacts on socio-economic development and the bottom line. 

Additionally, winners and finalists become part of the tt100 community and are invited to participate in tt100 events, including business forums held jointly with government and partners involved in promoting business innovation – particularly the DST.

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