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Ian Russell: The Other End Of The Telescope

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Ian Russell


May 23, Cape Town

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 idiosyncrasies, the loneliness, the silliness and the downright backwardness of doing business in big business today. Ian and his team of co-contributors take a no-holds-barred look at corporate life and reveal why disruption is so rife today. This event is for entrepreneurs who want to disrupt the status quo, and for business leaders who don't want to be disrupted.

Our speakers:

Ian Russell

Speaker. Author. Advisor. Ian'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.

Rapelang Rabana

Internationally renowned tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, speaker, digital thought leader and business leader. Honours include; Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum; FastCompany Maverick; Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum; Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs.

Valter Adão

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

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

About The Book: The Other End Of The Telescope

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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.

Contributions from other notable thought leaders Valter Adão, Richard Mulholland, Happy Ntshingila and Rapelang Rabana add unique voices and insights to Ian’s vibrant and straightforward views. Together they are exactly what is needed to jolt businesses and their leaders into doing things more successfully and thoughtfully.

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.

Testimonials For The Book

“brutally calls out the reality that corporates need to learn that the pace inside their business needs to be faster than the pace outside if they want to survive.”

MICHAEL JORDAAN, Venture Capitalist and former FNB CEO

“provides a quirky, no holds barred insight into the work of a CEO and how to overcome the challenges they face.”

PROFESSOR ADAM HABIB, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

Find out more about Ian’s book here:

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