Etsko, whose family was in mining, was exposed to the inner workings of the mining industry at a young age. At the University of the Witwatersrand he completed an honours degree in Social Anthropology before joining the Chamber of Mines of South Africa Research Organisation as a graduate researcher.
His work at the Chamber was initially focused on the issue of conflict in gold mines in the final eclipse of the apartheid regime. His groundbreaking work, dealing with conflict resolution, led to the development of a framework for understanding trust in this controversial industry.
As the Head of the Chamber’s Human Resources Laboratory Industry Project in the late 1980’s he went on to examine the fundamental criteria which exist in the relationship between employer and employee. The outcome was a unique perspective on leadership which subsequently has become known as the Care and Growth Leadership Model.
The application of the model in South Africa’s gold mines met with significant success, which led Etsko and a small group of colleagues to leave the Chamber of Mines with the objective of disseminating the model more widely.
In 1989 he founded Schuitema of which he is the Managing member. Since then the Care and Growth Model has been tested in disparate contexts, in 17 countries and on 5 continents.
In every context the basic premises of the model have been vindicated. Namely, that there is a fundamental connection between the problem of organizational excellence and personal excellence and that the nature of that connection is ethical and / or moral.
Dr Michael Jordaan, CEO of one of the four dominant banks in South Africa, has referred to Etsko as “the philosopher for the 21st Century”. A colleague says “He is a compassionate and intriguing man, a singularly original thinker and a charismatic presenter who woos a crowd of 300 as easily as one of 30 or less.”
Etsko lives on a small farm in South Africa. He is married and has four children. Etsko is also a Shaykh or teacher in the Shadhili-Darqawi Sufi tradition and is known as Shaykh Ebrahim.
ABU FAYDAN FARIDI
Shaykh Abu Faydan Faridi, alias Muhammad Harun Riedinger, was born in 1947 in a Christian family in Germany, where he spent the first part of his life.
At age 27 he left everything behind and set out on a journey to the East in pursuit of his spiritual aspirations. While on his way he had a number of profound mystical experiences with the great saint Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi − may Allah be pleased with him − which eventually led him to accepting Islam in Pakistan in 1975, where he also attended a seminary for some time in pursuit of regular Islamic studies.
Soon after becoming a Muslim he met an eminent shaykh of the Chishti Sufi Order, Hadrat Shahidullah Faridi − may Allah sanctify his secret and fill his grave with light − who initiated him into the Sufi Path of Divine Love and gnosis. After his master departed from this world, he undertook the pilgrimage, and stayed on in Madinah for a year. Thereafter he traveled widely, associating with, and benefiting from a number of masters of various Sufi orders, and scholars.
During a journey to Morocco in 2011, an intense encounter with Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema of the Shadhili-Darqawi Order prompted the latter to confer on him the ‘Idhn of Shaykh’ (i.e. the authorization of a Sufi master) of that order. Presently he lives in Karachi, counseling and teaching a growing circle of seekers and devotees.
Shahbano is a Human Excellence Consultant by profession. She is married and the mother of one daughter. Her personal interests include poetry and calligraphy. She has a life-long fascination with the issues of inner growth, ethical leadership and the conditions that inspire people to transcend their self-interest, to excel and contribute
Pat, an expatriate from the US, now resides in Brazil. She started writing poetry four years ago when she felt a calling to do so, even though she had never liked or read poetry. Since that time she has posted more than 9000 poems that she says comes from Source, thus the name of her blog: Source of Inspiration. When asked why she writes poetry, she simply said, “Because I have to. To not do so would mean to never listen to that guiding voice within.”
Bengt Savén has vast experience from his many years in business management, complemented by a career in academia. He has been on the front line, living the challenges of management, leading both small and large organizations – ranging in size from just three subordinates to well over a thousand.
Bengt Savén’s industry experience comes from many organizations in different parts of the world. He has been living and working in Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa and the United States – serving at all levels from first-line management to executive management combined with board of directors assignments.
Bengt Savén is currently working part-time as professor of Sustainable Leadership at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and before that, he has served as an adjunct professor of
Change Management. By combining his vast practical leadership experience with new theoretical findings, he has managed to evolve the three complementary models that forms the unique
core of this book.