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A little bit about us!

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We believe in the value of doing things differently and doing different things – in ways that continuously produce profitable solutions to the problems of people and the planet.

Solve Differently combines predictive analytics, Design Thinking, and lean innovation to help our clients embed New Ways of Working.

We operate as a network of trusted, expert independents. This modern, agile, operating structure enables us to continually assess and react with agility, speed, and creativity. 

We are partners to the d-school, and license the Think Wrong Lab - a radical problem-solving system designed and developed in California by the strategic innovation consultancy, Solve/Next.

At the core of our operating system are our two partners.

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Partners

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Paul Steenkamp

For more than two decades, and thanks to immense cosmic luck, Paul has been pursuing the gold standard for democratising workplace innovation.

In 2016 he launched the first iteration of this strategic innovation consultancy, offering radical-problem solving services to leadership team looking to deliver strategy, growth, and innovation - differently. In 2017 he launched a community of practice for corporate innovators (The Creative Leadership Collective) and, in 2019, a character strength bureau to help drive inclusion (Kandoo).

As an intrepreneur, Paul managed the FNB Innovators programme when the bank was named the most innovative in the world, and led the building of internal startups using New Ways of Working at Standard Bank, including SnapScan, Shyft Forex App and Edge Banking. He began his corporate career at Cap Gemini (London) in 1997.

Paul holds an Executive MBA from Henley Business School, Honours in Organisational Psychology from Rhodes University, attended the SingularityU South Africa Executive Programme, and was selected to participate in the THNK global Executive Leadership Program in Amsterdam

He is serving parliament for a second term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation, and his first book, The Character Dividend: The Secret DNA of Successful Corporate Innovation - is due for release in Q1 2021.

Graham Fehrsen

Graham is a transition specialist. Over the last 15+ years, he has been helping individuals, teams and organisations accelerate performance and become more effective and resilient during times of extreme change.

Coaching high performers and teams in demanding environments as head of learning and development, and later, in senior roles in business development at top law firms Bowmans and Norton Rose Fulbright, Graham understands the pressures and challenges of people, teams and businesses in transition. 

Graham’s innate commercial abilities have seen him build business functions in large corporates and drive entrepreneurial environments. Graham led the growth of the top learning and networking platform for CFOs and HR Directors in Africa.

Graham holds an MSc in Organisational Change and Development from the University of Manchester and an Honours degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. 

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Our Services

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These services are available ad hoc or on a monthly retainer. The retainer option guarantees priority access, consistency, and a high level of expertise without the overhead.

Let's Connect!

We’d love to learn more about the journey you are on and explore opportunities to work together. 

Totally remote and office free, you’ll find us hanging around in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg.

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