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Graeme Grovum
Graeme Grovum
Head of Innovation, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (AUS)
Mick Sheehy
Mick Sheehy
General Counsel, Telstra (AUS)
Eugenio Menezes
Eugenio Menezes
Legal Manager: Outsourcing, Anglo American
Shaun Temby
Shaun Temby
Partner & Head of Innovation, Maddocks (AUS)
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Open Innovation: The Power of Partnerships

In the last decade, Corrs has evolved its legal services delivery through open innovation. This strategy is the way forward, not just for us as a firm, but for the legal industry as a whole.

In a nutshell, open innovation means that we regularly partner with third parties to deliver better outcomes than either of us are capable of on our own and seek to open up our advancements to the wider market. Taking this approach benefits our clients, our firm and our industry.

Graeme will cover a subset of product and platform partnerships that Corrs has entered in pursuit of improving outcomes for their clients and our firm.

Key take-away points:

Law firms must evolve to survive. Corrs chooses to be at the forefront of the changes sweeping our industry; to catalyse change rather than be a casualty of it.

The New World of Legal Work - Exploring the Emerging Trends that Will Drive the Legal Industry in the Next Decade

Our industry is ripe for re-invention and the decision to change is increasingly being made outside the confines of private practice. Does this spell doom for lawyers (especially young lawyers) and students? Just the opposite! While the pace of change will unsettle some, there has never been a better time to work in the legal industry. This is an opportunity to participate in shaping the future of legal services.

Areas include:

• The rise of legal ops
• Proactive consulting vs reactive advice,
• Volunteer groups driving grass-roots change
• The rise of 'New Law' lawyers
• The rise of 'New Law' services

Key take-away points:

Are you ready for the future? An optimistic look at the way that legal service delivery and consumption is improving through technology and process improvements, and how this is opening up new career paths for those who are receptive and engaged.

A Strategic Approach to AI: Corrs AI Toolkit

In mid-2016, Corrs was the first large firm to adopt AI in Australia and did so in a novel way by entering a JV with an AI company. Since then, the legal AI market has evolved rapidly, delivering a great deal of choice to consumers but also making it very important to understand market segments and choose the right application for an intended outcome.

In this session, Graeme discusses Corrs' approach to AI across due diligence, discovery, contract analysis, predictive AI, research, expertise automation and work allocation that provides the right application for their clients whatever the outcome being sought.

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The Telstra Legal Innovation Story – How to Create an Innovation Movement

Two years ago Telstra Legal launched a series of design thinking workshops and innovation sprints to tackle a set of productivity opportunities. In 2016, this programme of work resulted in a saving of more than 40,000 lawyer hours and recognition by Financial Times of Telstra Legal as Asia Pac’s most innovative legal department for 2016. In 2017, Telstra Legal tackled an even bolder set of initiatives resulting in more top awards in the United States and a new Harvard Law School case study on the Telstra Legal innovation programme. This presentation will explain how these results were achieved and why collaboration was a critical element of success.

Key take-away points:

• Starting with an innovation agenda and why you need to have one
• Different ways to approach different problems
• Key elements of success… and failure
• How collaboration super-charges the possibilities of what can be achieved
• The importance of measuring outcomes and storytelling

The More with Less Conundrum: Is the Destiny of Legal Teams to be Continually Leaner & Smaller?

The more with less conundrum: Is the destiny of legal teams to be continually leaner and smaller? How might we might stop the downward trend of ever-decreasing legal budgets? What does it mean to be a legal business partner in the future? What value do we need to add tomorrow that we don’t add today?

Key take-away points:

• The difference between continuous improvement and transformational change
• What will success look like in the future
• The new ways of working legal departments will need to adopt
• How collaboration within the legal industry will be critical to its staying strong and relevant

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How Anglo American Group Legal Improved its Service Delivery: Routine, Low Risk, High Volume Contract Review & Drafting to LPO Firms

This presentation provides a snapshot of how Anglo American built additional capacity and guided in-house lawyers responsible for managing the legal risks of and support to all Anglo American's operations in South Africa in respect of routine contracts by partnering with the right service providers to optimally deliver the expected outcomes at a reduced cost. Learn of the journey and the how-to, when-to and what-to of LPO services. Eugenio walks you through real-life examples of some organisational and outsourcing interventions. These include the use of LPO for lower risk replicable work (Anglo American pioneered the use of LPO in the South African legal market); and the use of LPO to support legal administrative activities associated with discovery and due diligence exercises.

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Experiments in Pricing - It’s a Brave New World

In 2017, we launched a major new pricing initiative experimenting with different pricing strategies and alternative fee arrangements supported by legal project management and software. Our goal is to develop a new approach to pricing; the tools and experience to know when best to deploy them and to help our clients to move away from time-cost billing.

Key take-away points:

As we are starting this project in early 2018, the results aren't yet known. However, our goal is to have a much clearer idea of what works and what doesn’t, including how to best support new approaches to pricing with new software and LMP tools; to obtain client feedback on what they do and don't like; and identify roadblocks to new approaches to pricing within the firm, including time recording, reporting and remuneration.

Running Concurrent Innovation Programmes - Insights & Experiences

Drawing on my experiences at Maddocks in 2016 and 2017, when we ran 3 different innovation programmes at the firm, I share some of the lessons that we learnt about what works and what doesn't when trying to create an innovation culture and deliver on an innovation strategy in a commercial law firm environment.

Key take-away points:

• No point in cutting corners
• Design thinking is critical
• Time away from work is important
• External trainers can help
• Diversity of thought is key
• Some people aren’t interested
• Don’t wait for the perfect time
• Stay focused
• Allocate adequate resources
• Keep track of what you've learnt
• Share what you've learnt
• Beware of the naysayers

Milos Kresojevic
Milos Kresojevic
Founder, AI.Legal Labs (UK)
Tshepo Miya
Tshepo Miya
Legal Technology Specialist, DLA Piper
Samiksha Kader
Samiksha Kader
Legal Counsel, Tiger Brands
Neil Comte
Neil Comte
Director - Knowledge Management, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
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You’d Better Be Ready for AI – Because it’s Here, & it’s Now!

Legal playing fields are being redrawn and there is a lot of talk about the future benefits of Artificial Intelligence in the Legal industry. But how do you go about it? Is it about creating value for law firms or for clients, or even the wider society? How can you position AI as an AI portfolio? And where do you even start?

In this compelling session, Milos will show you how he successfully implemented an Innovation effort starting with a team of one and no budget. Starting with the simple mantra – "AI here and now" – he developed and deployed AI applications, 2 machine learning systems, 1 expert system and a portfolio of applications in less than two and a half years.

Key take-away points:

• How to deploy and embed the mantra - AI here and now!
• How to run a techy start-up within your firm
• Overcoming the challenges that result from disrupting a traditional business model
• AI enabled client services and value creation for clients and lawyers
• The end to end portfolio: AI/ML – Symbolic AI – Smart Doc Generation – BPM
• Savings of between 40 - 80% (comparing to historical numbers)

Is GDPR a Great Chance to Create a (Very) Innovative (and AI-Enabled) Knowledge Management Function & Potentially Offer AI-Based Legal Services?

GDPR is a big challenge for Law Firms, Legal Functions and every firm. Can this big threat be turned into even bigger opportunity? Yes - GDPR offers a chance for innovative firms to take full advantage to innovate their Knowledge Management function, if not enable new legal services.

This presentation also addresses responsibility about data privacy and protection, effective use of AI in real-world applications, and AI not just as technology or efficiency play, but as strategic play.

Key take-away points:

Use GDPR as an important opportunity to innovate, GDPR is not (just) a threat, it is a big opportunity for you and your clients.

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The Technology Revolution of African Law

The lawyers of tomorrow are reliant on the kind of technology that allows them to work in any environment, in any country, at any time, delivering the kind of output that clients expect. Not only does this make their working environments easier while increasing efficiency, this also allows clients to enter their lawyer’s space – enabling clients to alter the services they need. Tshepo shares how DLA Piper is enabling access to this technology across 17 African DLA Piper Branded and Associated law firms – showing how the lawyer of tomorrow is increasingly virtual, available and connected; making use of AI systems and people expertise; and delivering tailor-made legal services. Who knows… in a few years’ time, people may have access to lawyers in the same way that we use Uber.

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Demystifying the Vendor Conundrum: The Areas of Need

Samiksha shares her learnings of the 3 areas of NEED (not luxury): Data Management and record retention; workflow management (audit trail; workflow and work load management; benefit analytics); and template generation tools. While legal costs or the support of the legal function is at times viewed as a grudge purchase, companies need to realise that not only are external legal costs far more expensive than internal overheads, but equipping the company (not just the legal function) brings great benefits. These include risk management, access to legal support, performance management and succession planning. The second challenge for in-house counsels is wading through the vendor conundrum to the solution that supports all the requirements seamlessly.

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Is Artificial Intelligence Affordable & a Practicable Solution for South African Law Firms: A Case Study

Change is hard, and without the buy-in of the power players in your firm, even good changes may die an untimely death. That is, of course, if you can even get it in the door, which is not easy when the innovation you are considering originates in a different jurisdiction, is priced in a currency other than your own, and without proven local support.

In late 2017, CDH became one of the first South African law firms to start introducing AI capabilities on a large scale, enabling a multitude of systems efficiencies, such as data-driven pricing strategies; intuitive and immediate knowledge management delivery; expertise linking and enterprise search capabilities.

The experiences of the team involved provide concrete insights into:

• Creating the innovation vision: identifying a need, determining the appropriate service offering, and determining what you intend to achieve;

• Understanding the art of the possible, maintaining steady energy and achieving incremental successes throughout the life-cycle of the testing and implementation process: designing and running the Proof of Concept;

• Getting to Yes: how to keep the vision front and centre, allow people to see the business case as it applies to them, and navigate through the contracting process;

• Today's exciting innovation can be the reason for your team's future credibility or defeat: Aspects of the case study will touch on what constitutes delivery of a project - merely introducing innovation is not success, nor a guarantee of future success, in fact, without continuous effort to optimise the innovation introduced, measuring user behaviour, and adjusting the implementation plan to respond to the user behaviour, your brilliant innovation might turn out doing more harm than good.

Retha Beerman
Retha Beerman
Director - Knowledge Management, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Brendon Borgia
Brendon Borgia
Lead Business Analyst, Independent (Financial Sector)
Rohan Isaacs
Rohan Isaacs
Director and Head of Technology & Innovation, Africa, Norton Rose Fulbright
Andrew Muller
Andrew Muller
Compliance Officer, Independent (Financial Services Sector)
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Is Artificial Intelligence Affordable & a Practicable Solution for South African Law Firms: A Case Study

Change is hard, and without the buy-in of the power players in your firm, even good changes may die an untimely death. That is, of course, if you can even get it in the door, which is not easy when the innovation you are considering originates in a different jurisdiction, is priced in a currency other than your own, and without proven local support.

In late 2017, CDH became one of the first South African law firms to start introducing AI capabilities on a large scale, enabling a multitude of systems efficiencies, such as data-driven pricing strategies; intuitive and immediate knowledge management delivery; expertise linking and enterprise search capabilities.

The experiences of the team involved provide concrete insights into:

• Creating the innovation vision: identifying a need, determining the appropriate service offering, and determining what you intend to achieve;

• Understanding the art of the possible, maintaining steady energy and achieving incremental successes throughout the life-cycle of the testing and implementation process: designing and running the Proof of Concept;

• Getting to Yes: how to keep the vision front and centre, allow people to see the business case as it applies to them, and navigate through the contracting process;

• Today's exciting innovation can be the reason for your team's future credibility or defeat: Aspects of the case study will touch on what constitutes delivery of a project - merely introducing innovation is not success, nor a guarantee of future success, in fact, without continuous effort to optimise the innovation introduced, measuring user behaviour, and adjusting the implementation plan to respond to the user behaviour, your brilliant innovation might turn out doing more harm than good.

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A Look at a Large Legal Technology Implementation - its Challenges, Successes & More Importantly, Lessons Learnt

Key learnings are shared from a multifaceted legal technology implementation in the Financial Sector. From understanding the effort and cost to realising the benefits of technology (business case analytics); to internal and external integration considerations; to understanding capability/skills constraints with regards to solution development and adoption. This presentation also revises where legal counsel can add value in a technology implementation, how the gap can be bridged between legal counsel and developers and whether you ought to pursue a hybrid lawyer/developer role. An overview and demo of the implemented solution will be showcased to illuminate the work and effort that isn’t always considered.

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Futurelaw: Why & How Lawyers Need to Adapt to the Technology of the Future

Until recently, artificial intelligence was regarded as the technology that was never going to happen. Until two years ago hardly anyone had heard of blockchain. Today these technologies are becoming mainstream, although the range of opportunities and challenges they present to the legal profession have barely begun to be understood. So it is with technology in general. Lawyers of the future will need to be agile and adaptable to the coming technological changes to stay relevant to their clients. This presentation offers real-life examples of how this may be achieved.

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Intrapreneurs in Regulatory Compliance

In May 2015, 5 colleagues in compliance, later joined by an Astro Physicist, embarked on an impossible journey. Using Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Agile Principles, to re-imagine how knowledge work is performed in a large organisation. Guided by a vision of the future very different from today, we searched widely for inspiration. Using various prototyping techniques, we progressively validated assumptions about demand and what was possible technologically until, as invariably happens in innovation, we ran out of runway (the funding dried up). The need to celebrate lessons learned from attempts that miss the mark, was ably put by Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10 000 ways that won’t work.” This talk will touch on our inspiration, journey and lessons learned.

Peter Wasserfall
Peter Wasserfall
General Counsel, Pearson SA
Alison Lee
Alison Lee
CEO, CCASA
Megan Jackson
Megan Jackson
Legal Project Specialist, Webber Wentzel
George Sibanda
George Sibanda
Partner, Pinsent Masons Africa LLP
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The Benefits of Using Technology to Enhance Compliance Awareness & Training

The role of the in-house legal counsel primarily involves overseeing a company's broad Legal Function as well as its Compliance/Regulatory Function. In a heavily regulated environment, the compliance role can be daunting and expose companies to huge risks if there are inadequate processes in place to mitigate those risks. Creating digital assets and using training platforms in a creative way can go a long way towards ensuring company and employee compliance awareness is addressed.

Key take-away points:

• Understand your client's business and internal stakeholders
• Include your client as part of the solution
• Use technology to make training and learning entertaining
• Technology managed correctly saves time
• Developing a compliance culture and best practice in your organisation
• Building relationships with governing bodies and authorities through innovative evidence retention

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Love It or Hate It - AI is Trending Globally - Necessity or Simply Nice-to-Have? A CCASA Panel Discussion

As AI moves from hype to normalisation, this interactive panel hosts South African legal advisors who have taken the bold step towards embracing AI. Get your front row seat to real use cases and AI experience, where panellists reveal how their chosen AI solutions have aided, rather than disrupted, their legal environments.

Expect useful tips and recommendations on how and why these panellists approached AI and decided to procure their chosen products – taking you through a journey of their challenges, highs and lows first-hand regarding selecting, implementing and using these chosen AI solutions. This panel also explores why AI will without a doubt become a necessity in the future.

Facilitated by Alison Lee - CEO, CCASA
Panelists Include:
Annabelle Thomas - Head of Group Legal, Sun International Management Limited
Johann Koen - Senior Corporate Legal and Regulatory Counsel, ABSA Group Ltd
Toyah Pfafferott - Compliance, Legal and Risk Specialist, AFGRI Management Services

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Breaking Down the Barriers: 5 Simple Ways to Cultivate a Change Mind-Set

Successfully implementing change in an industry, that, by its very nature is both change and risk-averse brings with it many challenges and barriers (real and perceived). Overcoming these can be daunting. This presentation will provide some practical steps that change agents can implement to increase engagement, drive adoption, overcome resistance and facilitate the development of an innovation mindset at all levels. It will also include real-life stories of success and lessons learned in identifying, communicating and implementing technology and process change in law firms and in-house legal teams.

1. Creating an appetite for change and building resilience
2. Identifying champions and picking battles
3. Expanding your influence through 'guerrilla' networking
4. Keeping it simple - small changes, big impact
5. Managing expectations

Key take-away points:

• Incremental change and continuous improvement can yield significant results
• Don’t underestimate stakeholders' capacity for change - give them the opportunity to engage

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Data-Driven Decision Making for the Legal Industry: From Extraction to Applied Learning

Developing the technology to automate the day-to-day is just step one. Step two is using it to uncover a wealth of insights into how clients can tackle their biggest commercial challenges. Learn of the challenges, successes and impacts of understanding when data extraction software is useful, and applying an AI-powered approach to data analytics for unique business insights. Learn how this approach is assisting clients through identifying and reporting on contracts, projects and disputes that present high risk to their business; preventing or mitigating similar claims in future through systematically identifying the traceable causes of claims and other disputes; and allowing clients to proactively take control of managing risk through spotting patterns and changes over time enabled by trend reporting and analysis.

Matthew Welz
Matthew Welz
Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Clicks Group Ltd
Sebastiaan Bos
Sebastiaan Bos
Director of Solutions EMEA, HighQ (NL)
Candice Holland
Candice Holland
Director: Risk Advisory Africa, Deloitte
Adam Bown
Adam Bown
Analytics and Cloud Forensics, Cloud Essentials
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Engineering the Delivery of Fit-for-Purpose Legal Services to a Corporate

As lawyers, we are indoctrinated to think that our world is arcane, with our decisions and advice emanating from gut feel, countless hours of examining esoteric texts and years of experience in the trenches of legal practice. Managing the efficient delivery of legal services to a corporate is more a feature of engineering and business analysis than of law. Successfully designing and managing an efficient in-house department requires understanding the nature of the work required, and the best-suited manner, timing, and resources (human and technological) to perform this work. Using this approach, the small team at Clicks delivers fit-for-purpose, cost-effective and timeous legal support that is scalable to meet the increasing demands of an expanding business operating in a highly regulated environment.

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From Buzzword to Solution; Shaping Your Digital Transformation Journey

Using practical examples, Sebastiaan will demonstrate how our favourite technical buzzwords such as AI, Blockchain and Legal Services can come together in one platform. This presentation will outline best practice for your digital transformation journey, from simple transactional client services and Legal Project Management, all the way to creating innovative products and services for corporate legal teams and law firms. This platform will become the foundation for any digital transformation, innovation or automation strategy.

Key take-away points:

• Practical examples of how to use technology in your digital transformation process.
• Learn how AI and Blockchain technology can come together in practical client services solutions, from buzzword to solution.
• Learn how Legal operations can transform using technology in a legal business partner for the organisation.
• See how technology can make you the hero for your clients and internal organisation

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The Tech-Led, Data-Enabled Legal Function of the Future

Legal functions are under significant pressure to deliver quality services, in a consistent manner at a reduced cost. To achieve this, they need to reconsider their operating model, tech solutions which can create efficiencies and how best to leverage data to ensure service delivery, cost optimisation and effective legal risk management simultaneously… a tough ask in any one’s language. Hear Deloitte’s lessons learnt and practical examples on doing this and getting it right.

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Information Governance & eDiscovery in Office 365 - Changing the Rules of the Game

An organisation’s decision to move its infrastructure and data into the cloud is not just an IT decision. Legal and compliance practitioners are key stakeholders in this decision as it impacts on their evidence preservation and collection processes. The migration of organisational data to cloud platforms such as Office 365, which includes Exchange email, MS Office, SharePoint Online and OneDrive, offers opportunities to consolidate custodian data and consequently impacts the traditional eDiscovery process of collecting data from custodian computers, email and file servers.

This presentation discusses the impact of Office 365 on the eDiscovery process and covers topics such as Office 365 information protection, data retention, legal hold, sensitive data screening and eDiscovery that can assist legal professionals prepare for litigation or compliance related matters.

Matteo Pagani
Matteo Pagani
COO, Co-Operative Computing
David Holme
David Holme
CEO, Exigent
Michael Laws
Michael Laws
Advocate, Johannesburg Bar (A LexisNexis Story)
Alex Harris
Alex Harris
Adventurer & Endurance Athlete, Xplore
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Decoding Legal Technology: A Practical Guide for Linking the Business of Legal to Legal Technology

With over 16 facets of technology spanning Accounts/Practice Management to Document Storage and Automation, it is virtually impossible for any individual to wrap their head around everything available to them in Legal Technology. But what if software wasn’t everything? Understanding, not only the (fit-for-purpose) software but how it should be implemented, will be your key to ensuring the best possible spend on technology. Matteo offers a practical framework to hit the ground running to link the business to available legal software, from procurement to implementation.

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How to Multiply your Worth and Deliver Real Value in the Boardroom

Stop guessing, start knowing. Chief Legal Officers and in-house lawyers spend vast amounts of time asking questions and evaluating risk without having the business-wide facts in one place to show the real answers. Until now.

By integrating your disparate data sources into a unified data estate, from legal to finance to procurement and beyond, you can use the power of predictive analysis to drive actionable insight. Legal is a key part of understanding and predicting outcomes. Want to know about contract risk, or whether you’re overpaying some of your suppliers? Maybe the Board wants more commercial insight or guarantees that option deadlines won’t be missed? With the ability to identify risks and the power to predict business outcomes, not only are business performance and decision making improved, but you are put in the spotlight and ensured your place at the boardroom table.

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Legal Research – Advancing What’s Possible

Learn how to use technology to overcome the challenges of case law research and conduct thorough and time-efficient case law research in South Africa. This presentation covers Roman-Dutch principles interpreted by various Divisions back to 1828 and how to untangle these; researching reported cases by Juta and LexisNexis, as well as unreported cases; how to deal with conflicting judgments within a province, across provinces and hierarchies, such as the Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court.

In addition to deep dives into case law and how to follow a legal principle through case law with case annotations, also learn how to back up your argument with comparative cases and old authorities such as Voet and Justinian; what to do with a judgment that seems to support your argument, but is unclear on the point you need; how to use dissenting judgments and obiter dictum; and how to properly reference and frame case law in your heads of argument.

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Journey to The South Pole

Antarctica is one of the driest, coldest and most hostile of environments on the planet. It is a place devoid of any permanent life and a place that requires the utmost competence and sheer determination to survive for any length of time. Through history, the tales of suffering and perseverance are legendary and etched into adventure folklore. For more than a hundred years of polar history, no African had ever made an unsupported walk to the South Pole. That is until Alex teamed up with another South African, Sibusiso Vilane.

In January of 2008, Alex and Sibu became the first Africans to complete the 1200km trek unsupported and unassisted. The journey took 65 days and was in Alex’s words, quite simply the hardest thing he has ever done.

Alex relates his trek with powerful images and video and shares some key strategies for tough times. First, the need to balance risk and understand when it’s critical to be aggressive and push forward; but also, when it’s necessary to pull back and wait. Secondly, the need to simultaneously keep in mind the big picture compelling stuff, like vision and purpose. But also, the mundane minutia of the day-to-day grind that makes up the audacious goal. Finally, Alex highlights the power of process and our ability to increase our effectiveness in any given situation when we make principled decisions.