Your Leadership Coach
ROBERT VOLKWYN (Mba CEng Citp)
In a Nutshell
My Purpose: Aspire to inspire ● Moto: aut viam inveniam aut faciam – I will either find a way, or make one! ● Skills: Building teams, systems, operations and relationships to ensure business delivery ● Specialty: Innovation, primarily by building information based products & solutions ● Qualification: MBA and Chartered Engineer (UK) ● Business Experience: Extensive senior management and director oriented roles ● Technical Experience: Product management, project management and software development ● Subject Matter Expert: Strategic Systems ● Interests: Transformational leadership development and chaordic systems ● Value Proposition: Bridge the “business – technology” divide.
Currently the CEO fo the In-Depth Group of Companies ● An MBA, Chartered Engineer and published book author on strategy ● More than 25 year’s international business leadership experience, in corporate and startup environments ● Understand how to translate the strategic value proposition into superior decision support, efficient and effective operational processes, effective change programmes and increased revenue generation ● Employs advanced transformational value-based leadership, mentoring and coaching skills and methods to support the development of high performance teams ● Licensed facilitator of (i) The Change Journey (changejourney.org) and (ii) Neethling Brain Profiling (nbiprofile.com) which quantifies left vs right brain thinking preferences ● Skilled in bridging the problematic Business‑IT divide ● Adept at balancing customer-stakeholder interests ● Conceived and managed the development, launch and operations of two internationally successful software products ● Strong project management experience ● Skunkworks specialist ● Thrives on solving complex problems ● Core value drivers include quality, excellence, integrity, innovation, customer satisfaction and insatiably curious.
Established the In-Depth Systems Group Ltd which includes the Cartoworld Consulting Group and Simplify IT Online in Canada (2016) – see www.cartoworld.com & www.simplifyitonline.com ● Created strategic management thought leadership portal BeyondStrategy.ca (2015) ● Founded two South African software companies, In-Depth Data (1991) & Geographic Systems & Analysis (1995) ● Worked with Environics Analytics in Toronto, Canada’s premier marketing and analytical services company (2007) ● Served Nedbank Retail (premier South African Bank) in both consultant and senior management capacity (1999‑2006) within CRM, Finance, Retail Marketing and HR units ● Started career as database software programmer at a SA town council, and progressed to head the council wide GIS project (1986 – 1990)
Skills and Competencies
Book Author ● Journal Author ● Business School Group Tutor ● Seminar & Workshop Facilitator ● Conference & Public Speaker ● Part-time Lecturer ● Product Trainer ● Volunteer in an International Education Work ● One-on-One Tutor ● Innovation & Strategy ● Rational & Critical Analysis ● Thrives on Problem Solving ● Transformational Leadership ● Team Development ● Bridging the IT‑Business Divide ● Agile Project Management ● Global Thought ● Coaching & Mentoring ● Strategic Leadership ● Management Consulting ● Product Management ● SWOT Analysis ● Software Project Management & Implementation ● Risk Management ● Management Orientation ● General Business Management ● Financial Administration ● Strategic Presentation ● Strategic Marketing ● Due Diligence Evaluation ● Operational Planning ● Contract Development & Negotiation ● Change Management ● Executive Coaching ● Stakeholder Management ● Account Management ● Balanced Scorecards ● Staff Development ● Customer Relationship Management ● Extensive Software Knowledge, both practical and theoretical ● Relational & Spatial Database Design ● IT-to-Business Alignment ● Spatial Systems ● Business & Needs Analysis ● IT Program/Project Management ● Software Engineering & Management ● Systems Conceptualization ● Requirements Specification ● Implementation ● Data Mart Design ● Cube Design ● Data Modeling ● Data Value Proposition Development