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Ian Russell: The Other End Of The Telescope

  • Workshop17 17 Dock Road Cape Town, WC, 8002 South Africa (map)

R175. Cape Town. Ian Russell. Coinciding with the launch of Ian Russell's book "The Other End Of The Telescope" Heavy Chef is proud to present two action packed events (Cape Town 23rd May 2019 and Johannesburg 28th May 2019) that will cast an in-depth lens on the absurdities, the idiosyncracies, the loneliness, the silliness and the downright backwardness of doing business in big business today. Cape Town hosts Ian Russell, Happy Ntshingila, Valter Adao and Rich Mulholland. Ticket price includes a free copy of the book.

About Our Speakers


Ian Russell - Author, Entrepreneur; CEO, Disrupting Agency.
Ian Russell's career has involved almost every continent and spanned a quarter of a century. Drawing deeply on his priceless real world experiences as a CEO and senior leader, Ian ensures that you will never think the same way again. He is currently heading up the management consulting company, Disrupting Consultancy. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of BCX, Africa’s premier end-to-end digital solutions partner.

Valter Adão - Member Singularity University; Chief Digital Officer, Deloitte Africa. Valter is recognised globally as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination and emerging technologies. A member of the Singularity University and a recipient of the Constellation Transformation 150 award. A true digital thought leader.


Happy Ntshingila - Entrepreneur. CEO, businessman, brand and media exemplar; author, marking and communications commentator; spin doctor extraordinaire; Comrade Marathon medallist; bookworm. LEGEND.

Rich Mulholland - Entrepreneur; CEO, TalkDrawer. Founder, MissingLink. Founder of TalkDrawer and Missing Link, Rich is one of South Africa’s finest public speakers. Rich’s high octane, fast paced and hilariously funny style of delivery make him the biggest draw card on the African speaker circuit. Rich bestrides the stage like a colossus, owning and driving excellence on the pursuit of free thinking, insightful irreverence and impassioned delivery. Watch, listen and learn.


About The Book: The Other End Of The Telescope


The Other End of the Telescope is a high-speed gallop through the absurdities and challenges of getting things done in large companies, and the inherent contradictions in leadership and organisational behaviours that prevent businesses from realising their potential and achieving greater success. In this collection of thought-provoking essays, Ian Russell draws on more than 25 years’ experience of leading and working in large organisations around the world to distil the key themes and challenges confronting big business today.

The book tackles key topics such as organisational cholesterol, the loneliness of leadership, human capital strategy failures, performance destroying ‘head offices’ and the ‘myths’ of talent scarcity and the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, among others. Each essay pairs a deep understanding of the real world and lessons learned the hard way, with powerful and pragmatic insights on how big business can change the way in which it does things.

The lightness of Ian’s style makes this a highly readable book, but it does not dilute the impact of his incisive observations and insights. Passionate, irreverent and challenging, The Other End of the Telescope will make you think deeply about your business and your career – and your role in both.


“This event is for people who want to disrupt and people who don’t want to be disrupted.”

Event Partners


Christel House: Note that all ticket holders will receive a free copy of the book, and all proceeds of sales will go to Christel House. Find out more about this amazing organisation here:

The Performance Agency: Heavy Chef and Ian Russell have partnered with The Performance Agency for this event. Find out more about how to deliver results in your organisation at