John Stretch


What are your thoughts on forecasting and scenario planning, predictive analytics, turnarounds, zero-basing and performance measures, in the post-COVID19 world of the 4th industrial revolution?

The material on my site addresses two opportunities for positive change which are currently emerging in the business world, Stakeholder Capitalism and Integrated Thinking.


Learning should be available and affordable to everyone. That’s why my short courses are made available at token low prices.


Two unrelated events in my early 30's prompted me to change my career as a partner in a big-4 accounting firm and strike out on my own. I entered and won a case study competition in an international  business magazine, and I was invited to give a guest lecture at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. The lecture sparked off a lifelong passion for public speaking and teaching. I became a regular visiting lecturer at two of Africa's top business schools, the Wits Business School in Johannesburg, and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, for over 20 years

This led to invitations to present in-company management development courses in some of South Africa's biggest companies, which in turn led to the international lecture circuit. Over the years I have presented workshops in Bahrein, Botswana, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

Today I provide an online business education library service, authoring and developing books, articles, short courses and case studies.

I invite you to visit my you tube channel to view sample videos:

Human resource managers - my online video libraries can be uploaded to your in-house Learning Management System to provide distance learning to your staff members anywhere in the world.

For many years, parents and teachers told us that university degrees and diplomas were the route for entry-level jobs and sustaining your career. However, what used to be a guarantee of financial stability and status is quickly disappearing.

It’s highly unlikely that with your current skill set, you will remain market-relevant for the next 10 years.  You need to ensure that you are always equipped with the right knowledge and tools.  If knowledge is power, you need to empower yourself with information to navigate your career to the next level.

The world is moving so fast that the future of work will constantly require new knowledge and skills. With the emergence of artificial intelligence and automation, constant upskilling with new ideas and re-skilling of old ideas, are the best ways to ensure job retention.

We need to demystify the idea that degrees and diplomas are the route to a long and safe career. We all need to embrace new learning pathways.

In the future, no single qualification will be a final destination. Traditional routes of employment will become less important as the years progress. In times of high unemployment, building your own business or maintaining a career in the public or private sector, will require lifelong learning. The future of work will be shaped by short courses, continuous re-skilling and upskilling.


Good non-fiction is rare. On my bookshelf you will find books by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Paul Johnson, Walter Aaronson, John Kay.