Our Story

Our Story

One Team. One Story. One Philosophy.

Our Story

From South Africa to the United States.

Our Story

From the goldmine to the boardroom.

Our Story

From silo to integrated.

Our Story

Meaning and strategy.

Our Story

Purpose and profit.

Our Story

Impact and inspiration.

Our Story

From 1989 to 2019.
Lapin is a strategy and leadership consulting firm. For over two decades we have helped clients around the world reach their higher purpose and elevate performance at every level.

The current period of disruption resulting from automation, digitization, and decentralization necessitates new human solutions for leadership, strategy, and management.

Paramount among the pressures caused by the exponential acceleration of market change is the straining of bonds between personnel and leadership. As both parties vie for stability in this new, unpredictable work environment, the value of purpose-driven strategy and values-based leadership has never been more evident.

The methodologies employed by Lapin offer a proven antidote to the challenges facing every modern business. Informed by Lead by Greatness™, a humanist philosophy of business forged in the turbulent period following the fall of the South African Apartheid regime, Lapin’s approach has been refined over two decades of deployment in some of the world’s most intricate corporate and cultural contexts, and validated by the endorsement of a diverse community of international business leaders.

Lapin’s bespoke programs — Purpose-Driven Strategy and Values-Based Leadership — are rooted in the realization of personal potential but designed for systemic implementation, offering clients the tools to make timely strategic decisions grounded in timeless wisdom.

A Philosophy is Born
1989-1992

History
  • Fall of Apartheid in South Africa
  • Ascension of Nelson Mandela
  • JCI Mining Group, ABI engagements
  • Founding of Strategic Business Ethics
  • Established as a non-profit
Philosophy
  • Leadership character is key to growth
  • Cultural divisions heal on a human scale
  • Business success is a human endeavor
  • People are driven by more than money
  • Business needs a human soul

An Antidote to Excess
1992-2000

History
  • LA Riots, age of excess
  • LAPD, Casino engagements
  • Desi joined the band
  • Became for-profit
  • Moved to Los Angeles
Philosophy
  • Distinction: the noble way to win
  • Values-ethics gap
  • Spectrum of tolerance
  • Purpose-driven strategy
  • Values-centered leadership

A Prophecy Fulfilled
2000-Present

History
  • Age of digitization, disruption, autonomy
  • Renamed as Lapin
  • DuPont, Gore, DOJ engagements
  • Launched coaching practice
  • Lead by Greatness is published in 2012
Philosophy
  • Organization around values (not structure)
  • Business as instrument of change
  • Lead by Greatness methodologies
  • Spiritual Fingerprint, Personal Purpose
  • Timeless principles, modern context
For over two decades we have helped clients around the world reach their higher purpose and elevate performance at every level. Find out more about Lapin’s leadership development process.
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