If you ever get to wish for something valuable in the workplace, ask for intelligent colleagues - preferably much more intelligent than you. Working with smart people is not only good for team dynamics and strength, but also for your own personal growth. That is because really intelligent people compel you to up your game and question ideas that could've made you sound really smart at your friend's dinner table, but not so much in the boardroom. I had that very experience when I read an interview with my colleague Lebo Masilela, who holds a BCom in industrial psychology and has worked in various industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, banking, construction and advertising. Asked for her views on the status quo of transformation in SA, Lebo bluntly notes that the fundamental problem with transformation is that everyone is obsessed with achieving "the much-coveted level 1", often at all costs. There's nothing wrong with wanting the best level, but more care needs to be taken...

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