South Africa has experienced a huge spurt in COVID-19 infections since the last General Management Program (GMP) block in May. With the third wave of infections having suddenly descended upon us and Cyril Ramaphosa’s proclamation on Sunday, 27 June announcing a move from level 3 to the adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions, many industries including tertiary institutions had to rethink their current modus operandi.
The Gordons Institute of Business Sciences (GIBS) has communicated that face to face classes on campus are on hold for the immediate future, programs will be conducted online to ensure the safety of both delegates and staff.
This will mean that the GMP Study Block 2 which is scheduled to take place between 5-7 July will be conducted virtually.
Topics to be covered in Block 2 will include leadership, ethics, managing development and coaching, which will enable the delegates to integrate these principles within their teams when they get back to the workplace.
As we all grow accustomed to the new ways of work, virtual meetings that overlap and an abnormally high volume of absenteeism in many companies, delegates are feeling the stress of juggling home, work and studies simultaneously. They are currently preparing for the block with their prereading material which will cover ethics, managing individual careers within teams, skills development as well as diversity for transformation which promises a jam-packed and interesting block. As they embark on block 2 we wish them well as they sharpen their proficiencies and put their time management skills.
Article written by Caryn Josephs-Solomons
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