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Co-founder and Chairman of AMI, Jonathan Cook is a business expert and regular columnist.
About Jonathan Cook
Jonathan has over 25 years of experience in management education, facilitation, coaching and consulting. Prior to co-founding AMI, Jonathan spent almost 10 years at South Africa’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), one of Africa’s leading Business Schools, where he served at various times as a senior lecturer, the Director of Executive Education, Academic Director, Executive Director and finally Director of the Business School till December 2013. He developed a faculty development programme (‘Teaching the Practice of Management’) which was rolled out to top business schools across Africa and chaired the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), leading activities dealing with faculty member training and Dean/Director development.
Before that, he spent 14 years as a faculty member at Wits Business School, where he founded the Management Development Unit and later became Director of Academic Programmes. A qualified counselling psychologist, Jonathan also spent 10 years with the National Institute for Personnel Research in Johannesburg, finally as Head of Assessment and Counselling. He is also chairman and chief consultant of Thornhill Associates, where he advises companies in developing and implementing leadership development processes using customised 360-degree questionnaires.
He is a past chairman of the Association of African Business Schools and of community organisations Tomorrow Trust and Bizschool.
Jonathan is a featured business columnist with BusinessLIVE, a national news website in South Africa.
Columns from Jonathan
Resilient leaders believe in a future they help shape
Leaders who possess resilience firmly believe in the power of shaping the future they envision.
Can AI offer a productivity break-through for professional service firms?
Explore the possibilities of a game-changing productivity boost for professional service firms with the integration of AI technology.
Solutions to our challenges can come from unexpected places
The main finding that psychosocial interventions can have a substantial positive effect on the economic and psychological welfare of poor people
Without trust the nation falls apart
Trustworthiness is required for any organisation to achieve its purpose
Use 2023 to infect your workplace with empathy
The workplace is much better and more enjoyable when we also grow talent, keep conflict under control and explore new ways to add to human and environmental health and happiness.
Artificial Intelligence is coming to small business near you
ChatGPT responds to requests in conversational English, allowing even non-techies to use AI.
Requiring too much compliance can damage business
We should spend at least as much time encouraging excellence and innovation as requiring compliance.
What shall we do with our anger?
Anger management is good, but tends to focus on reducing our anger and managing its impact on us. A better approach may be to harness anger for constructive action to change the conditions that made us angry.
Innovation can feed millions in Africa
Food systems and food security are important in Africa just now. With fertilizer supplies disrupted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, wide spread weather disruptions, fuel price increases and infrastructural challenges, many people are in danger of starving.
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