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Faculty Focus: Doris Viljoen

Doris Viljoen is a Senior Futurist at the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) and a Faculty Member at USB-ED. She shares the following with us:​

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Who inspires you?

"I have a few icons, but the one I've had for the longest time is definitely my dad. He lives his values of modesty, helpfulness, sharing, and excellence. One day, when I am really grown up, I want to be like him."


What is the most valuable thing you have learned from a student?

"Early in my life as a facilitator, a student asked me: 'So what should I do differently on Wednesday?' Since then I have tried to design my sessions in such a way that participants are able to apply what they learn in a practical way. When they leave, they should have a clear picture of what and how they will be doing things differently next Wednesday."


What has been your toughest leadership challenge?

"The toughest leadership challenge was being okay with a client's management team deciding to not do anything about gross corruption that I uncovered. They were aware that if they do anything about it, it may cause a strike. Businesses face the challenge of remembering to think about and plan for the long-term future (beyond the next reporting cycle)."


What attracted you to USB-ED?

"The wide array of interesting students, I learn from our interactions every time I facilitate a class. I also appreciate the great administrative support."


What books are you currently reading? 

"Erin Meyer's The Culture Map and Dan Ariely's Payoff. The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions by Michael Mainelli and Ian Harris is on the pile as well."


What career advice would you give your younger self?

"I would tell my younger self to just have fun!"

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