Niven Postma - Speaker - By Promotivate Speaker Agency

Niven Postma

Conference Speaker Niven Postma - By Promotivate Speaker Agency

Niven Postma

Human potential igniter: strategy and leadership expert on navigating office politics effectivally


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South Africa

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A strategy, leadership, and culture consultant, Niven Postma partners with clients from diverse industries across the globe. She helps ignite the discretionary energy of both people and teams. In so doing, she assists them in building an enabling their unique culture while developing meaningful strategies.

Widely considered an organisational politics expert, Niven Postma is the author of the bestseller “If You Don’t Do Politics, Politics Will Do You – A guide to navigating office politics ethically and successfully”.  You can find her widely published articles and ideas in numerous respected media, including podcasts.

A Harvard Review contributor, Niven Postma is also a visiting lecturer at Henley Business School and a part-time tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership,

Her diverse career has seen Niven Postma take up a varied variety of executive positions crossing multiple organisations and sectors. Amongst these, she includes the CEO of the Businesswoman’s Association, CEO of NOHA, i.e., Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity, Head of External Strategy and Head of the SARB Academy at the South African Reserve Bank, and Head of Leadership and Culture for the Standard Bank Group.

Currently a doctoral student, Niven Postma holds an Executive MBA in Systems Thinking, Human Capital Development, Knowledge Management, Leadership, and Change. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Future Studies and a BA in English Political Science.

In 2007, Niven Postma received the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Award issued by the African Leadership Institute. She is also an IWF Fellow which was issued by the International Women’s Forum in 2002.

Niven Postma served as a Reserve Police Officer for two years and is currently the Chairperson of the Board at Cotlands. Cotlands is an organisation offering quality educational programmes to children living in poverty to improve their intellectual and social development.

Niven Postma – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Niven Postma has delivered keynotes on organisational politics, leadership, culture, and women’s leadership to audiences of up to 60,000 people. She lives in South Africa and speaks English and Afrikaans.

Speaking Topics

The same is true when it comes to office politics. There is so much more to office politics than the single negative and destructive story that we hear and tell ourselves.

This practical and eye-opening keynote is based on my recent book and draws on my 20 years of experience as an executive, together with insights from some of the leading business thinkers of our time, It will open your eyes to the real definition of office politics, convince you that it’s possible to play politics without sacrificing your principles and teach you how to use politics to advance your career and build your organisation.

This for me, begs some questions: How conscious are each of us being in our career and life and the choices we are making in both? As a leader, can I honestly say that I am creating environments in which people grow, and feed their need to contribute? Or are they just dying a slow death every day that they drag themselves to work?

It is time for a paradigm shift where leaders encourage curiosity, nurture resilience, and disrupt their industry. It is time for people to continuously acquire new skills and unlearn past routines. And it is time for organisations to understand the importance of a culture that allows for great things to happen.

“Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez is a superb book, which has deservedly won several major prizes, including the 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year, for what the judges recognised were “unassailable facts backed by powerful stories.” In the book, she speaks of the massive gender data gap that exists in the world around women’s experiences, because we live in a world that is largely built by, and for, men. This gender data gap affects three critical aspects concerning women’s experiences all around the world.

The first thing it affects is the female body. The second is women’s unpaid care burden. And the third aspect is male violence against women, including the disproportionate impact that war and conflict have on women. That said, even in ‘peaceful societies the scourge of domestic violence is always present and worsens at times of economic difficulties.

These issues don’t stop affecting women just because they are executives. So, while executives may have more resources with which to cope with some of them, they are still part of the system that all human beings live in.

For organisations and the women in them to thrive, we need to acknowledge and understand these things far better than we currently do. This is neither about ‘fixing’ women nor ‘blaming’ men but rather about understanding the two kinds of risks we face if we don’t – the risk that bad things will happen and the risk that good things will not.

  • “When it comes to navigating office politics, there is no greater subject matter expert out there. Niven is a long-standing friend of the CHRO SA community and has spoken at many of our events, including various instalments of the HR Indaba, which is the largest gathering of HR professionals on the African continent. I highly recommend her as a speaker for other conferences and/or similar engagements.When it comes to navigating office politics, there is no greater subject matter expert out there. Niven is a long-standing friend of the CHRO SA community and has spoken at many of our events, including various instalments of the HR Indaba, which is the largest gathering of HR professionals on the African continent. I highly recommend her as a speaker for other conferences and/or similar engagements.”

    Sungula Nkabinde, Community Manager at CHRO South Africa

  • Niven Postma “When it comes to navigating office politics, there is no greater subject matter expert out there. Niven is a long-standing friend of the CHRO SA community and has spoken at many of our events, including various instalments of the HR Indaba, which is the largest gathering of HR professionals on the African continent. I highly recommend her as a speaker for other conferences and/or similar engagements.When it comes to navigating office politics, there is no greater subject matter expert out there. Niven is a long-standing friend of the CHRO SA community and has spoken at many of our events, including various instalments of the HR Indaba, which is the largest gathering of HR professionals on the African continent. I highly recommend her as a speaker for other conferences and/or similar engagements.”
    5 / 5
  • “I tend to think of Niven as a force of nature. She just makes things happen, whilst truly caring for those around her. Really appreciate her thoughtful insights in thinking about organisations and their culture. She is direct, specific and clear in thought and expectations, which makes it great to work and partner with her. She is the kind of person you want on your team.”

    Barry Vorster, Workplace of the Future

  • Niven Postma “I tend to think of Niven as a force of nature. She just makes things happen, whilst truly caring for those around her. Really appreciate her thoughtful insights in thinking about organisations and their culture. She is direct, specific and clear in thought and expectations, which makes it great to work and partner with her. She is the kind of person you want on your team.”
    5 / 5
  • “I had a great two years interacting with Niven at UCT's GSB. She is creative and bright, but most importantly she is passionate about people and making South Africa a better place to live and work.I had a great two years interacting with Niven at UCT's GSB. She is creative and bright, but most importantly she is passionate about people and making South Africa a better place to live and work.”

    Russell Shanglee, Shareholder & Director of Companies

  • Niven Postma “I had a great two years interacting with Niven at UCT's GSB. She is creative and bright, but most importantly she is passionate about people and making South Africa a better place to live and work.I had a great two years interacting with Niven at UCT's GSB. She is creative and bright, but most importantly she is passionate about people and making South Africa a better place to live and work.”
    5 / 5
  • “Niven was CEO of the Businesswomen's Association during my tenure as a member of the National Council. When Niven came to the organisation it was suffering from lack of brand awareness and stilted membership growth. Niven applied drive, energy and passion to the task of putting the BWA "on the map". Membership grew and the organisation gained recognition. Niven was a natural leader, who was willing to learn and grow. She accepted feedback and used her increasing knowledge to bring stability to the organisation. Niven made things happen - the Census became a landmark initiative, branch co-ordinators were given all the support necessary to be more effective and members enjoyed her easy style. Under her leadership the website became a sophisticated communication medium and the organisation prospered. Like all non-profit organisations balancing the finances was always a challenge but Niven apporached the task with honest integrity. She was a fearless leader that rode the storms with dignity and strength. I enjoyed working alongside her and admired her deep sense of commitment.Niven was CEO of the Businesswomen's Association during my tenure as a member of the National Council. When Niven came to the organisation it was suffering from lack of brand awareness and stilted membership growth. Niven applied drive, energy and passion to the task of putting the BWA "on the map". Membership grew and the organisation gained recognition. Niven was a natural leader, who was willing to learn and grow. She accepted feedback and used her increasing knowledge to bring stability to the organisation. Niven made things happen - the Census became a landmark initiative, branch co-ordinators were given all the support necessary to be more effective and members enjoyed her easy style. Under her leadership the website became a sophisticated communication medium and the organisation prospered. Like all non-profit organisations balancing the finances was always a challenge but Niven apporached the task with honest integrity. She was a fearless leader that rode the storms with dignity and strength. I enjoyed working alongside her and admired her deep sense of commitment.”

    Yvonne Finch, Owner, Yvonne Finch Consulting

  • Niven Postma “Niven was CEO of the Businesswomen's Association during my tenure as a member of the National Council. When Niven came to the organisation it was suffering from lack of brand awareness and stilted membership growth. Niven applied drive, energy and passion to the task of putting the BWA "on the map". Membership grew and the organisation gained recognition. Niven was a natural leader, who was willing to learn and grow. She accepted feedback and used her increasing knowledge to bring stability to the organisation. Niven made things happen - the Census became a landmark initiative, branch co-ordinators were given all the support necessary to be more effective and members enjoyed her easy style. Under her leadership the website became a sophisticated communication medium and the organisation prospered. Like all non-profit organisations balancing the finances was always a challenge but Niven apporached the task with honest integrity. She was a fearless leader that rode the storms with dignity and strength. I enjoyed working alongside her and admired her deep sense of commitment.Niven was CEO of the Businesswomen's Association during my tenure as a member of the National Council. When Niven came to the organisation it was suffering from lack of brand awareness and stilted membership growth. Niven applied drive, energy and passion to the task of putting the BWA "on the map". Membership grew and the organisation gained recognition. Niven was a natural leader, who was willing to learn and grow. She accepted feedback and used her increasing knowledge to bring stability to the organisation. Niven made things happen - the Census became a landmark initiative, branch co-ordinators were given all the support necessary to be more effective and members enjoyed her easy style. Under her leadership the website became a sophisticated communication medium and the organisation prospered. Like all non-profit organisations balancing the finances was always a challenge but Niven apporached the task with honest integrity. She was a fearless leader that rode the storms with dignity and strength. I enjoyed working alongside her and admired her deep sense of commitment.”
    5 / 5
  • “Niven consulted to the Dialogue Circle in 2007 in both managing the Women Empowered programme for 6 months, and in developing the new women's leadership programme, Imbokodo, which has now run very successfully over the past 2 years. Her ability to manage a fluid and rapidly changing environment with scarce resources was a great benefit to our organisation.”

    Vivienne Spooner , Senior Programme Manager at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

  • Niven Postma “Niven consulted to the Dialogue Circle in 2007 in both managing the Women Empowered programme for 6 months, and in developing the new women's leadership programme, Imbokodo, which has now run very successfully over the past 2 years. Her ability to manage a fluid and rapidly changing environment with scarce resources was a great benefit to our organisation.”
    5 / 5