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Ian Russell: The Other End Of The Telescope (Sold Out)

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May 28, Johannesburg: 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.

About The 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.


Rapelang Rabana - Entrepreneur; CEO and Founder, Rekindle Learning. 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.


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

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