HR Indaba Africa 2018: Iconoclasts Knowledge Bureau is a driver of exponentiality

Vusi Thembekwayo started the company in 2014 because he believes that knowledge is the single most important driver of the modern economy. 

Iconoclasts Knowledge Bureau is a think-tank organisation with core specialities in leadership, strategy and organisational culture. They assist their clients in facilitating growth conversations, organising speakers to deliver the message of exponentiality at client events, and providing advice on how to implement exponential growth initiatives and conduct research to enable for intelligent decision-making. 

But they are more than just a collective of interesting speakers, consultants, leadership experts and entrepreneurs. Instead, of a purely academic frame of discovery that most research firms take, or the strict commercial discipline of applied management approach consulting firms, IC Knowledge Bureau leverages its relationship with Harvard Business School, which gives it the unique advantage of existing at the confluence of academic rigour, management disciplines, and entrepreneurial intuition. It has also partnered with governments and corporates, and their methodology has almost always surpassed client expectations.

Iconoclast Knowledge Merchant Nosipho Damasane, who will be speaking at the HR Indaba says the bureau has decided to sign up for the event because they believe it will be a platform for the HR fraternity to have a robust discussion about the state of the employee in South Africa today, and what their role is in facilitating change. 

“Productivity in any organisation is a function of the employees. HR, therefore, has a huge role to play, not just hiring and paying people to the organisation and then hand them over to the rest of the functions,” says Nosipho.

Renown speaker and CEO of the bureau Vusi Thembekwayo started the company in 2014 because he believes that knowledge is the single most important driver of the modern economy. 

“All human pursuits, achievements in modern technology and development in the quality and standard of life of all citizens of the globe are directly linked to the development and discovery of new technology, new knowledge & new systems of thinking. Africa is rich in natural resources but still deprived in knowledge distribution. A copious amount of knowledge sits resident in the confines of the narrow corridors of the cities while the more peri-urban parts of the continent remain under-served,” says Vusi. 

“Consequently, leaders in the continent can perform below global levels and hasten the deterioration of the continent whilst the trajectory of the developed world further accelerates. Simply, the continent, her nations, its people and their businesses are becoming progressively poorer as a function of how they know because ultimately when you know better, you do better.”

During the past decade of travelling the globe, influencing world leaders and studying in the most advanced economies on earth, Vusi realised that Africa and by extension Africans did not lack talent. What was lacking was their ability to generate new knowledge, in sciences, healthcare, leadership, commerce, education and any of the fields in whose development rests our collective improvement. He, therefore, convened the bureau to test deeply held beliefs that have imprisoned the development of Africans. 

“I convened the bureau to popularise the idea of a knowledgeable leader. I convened the bureau to gather the smartest minds of our time and through the bureau democratise their expertise and knowledge,” he says