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Organisational Culture, Employee Engagement and Leadership

Employee Engagement

Founded by Colin J. Browne, Happy Sandpit is a South Africa-based Think Tank on organisational culture, employee engagement and leadership. Established in 2012 on the back of the book How to build a Happy Sandpit, we create original research in the three focus areas and share the findings through interactive workshops, seminars and the weekly Culture Shot email newsletter.

Happy Sandpit is the creator of signature items such as the “How To” Workshops,  Iceberg! Culture Stress Testing game and the Three Day Field Trip, an immersive organisational culture experience.

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Culture Shot is emailed to your inbox every Monday before 10h00 CAT. Here are a cross section of some of the most popular ones of all time.

The real reason you’re battling with employee engagement

We speak about work / life balance as if it’s the solution to all of our troubles. As if somehow, taking up mountain biking or spending more time with the kids at weekends will offset the challenge of work and …

Culture doesn’t eat strategy; it enables it

The most basic philosophical challenge that companies have with anything related to long-term people objectives such as raising engagement or building a strong culture, is that doing so is fundamentally at odds with the repetitive 12 month cycle of strategy …

Integrity is massively overrated

You may never have heard of Jack MacLean, but during the 1970s and 1980s, through his relentless pursuit of excellence, he became incredibly wealthy. One could say he was in the jewellery business. Perhaps you’d call him an entrepreneur with …

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