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CHANTELL Ilbury, one of Africa’s most creative strategic minds, loves the continent for precisely the reasons so many shy away from it."It’s unconventional and always changing with its challenges and opportunities," she says. "Those who want to work in Africa will need an adventurous nature and the capacity to embrace uncertainty."The independent scenario strategist, facilitator, and speaker co-wrote — with scenario specialist Clem Sunter — the hugely successful Fox books, which focus on corporate strategy. They have built on a concept made famous by British philosopher Isaiah Berlin: thinkers can be divided into two categories. Hedgehogs view the world through the lens of a single defining idea, and agile foxes draw on multiple experiences and balance possible futures while framing their own.Now she has written her own book on strategic thinking, A Fox’s Tale. Ilbury believes that in Africa and SA, things are changing all the time and, unless we constantly adjust, it’s difficult to...

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