Winning Teams Celebrates 20 Years

In April 2015 Winning Teams celebrated 20 years at a private function held in Sandton, Johannesburg. It was event for all that have been part of the Winning Teams stable (clients, associates and suppliers) over the many years, several being part of the family from the beginning. Let’s take a brief look at our history.

Winning Teams In the beginning…

The Winning Teams learning and development model of engagement concept was formulated in 1995 by Denzil Hollis. In the same year the ‘Game Board’, playing elements and rules were designed and tested. The Game Methodology was formally used for the first time in 1996 by SAPPI in their Springs branch, to embed a manufacturing quality circle among operations staff. In the same year the ‘Game’ was used to instil safety rules and regulations at two of De Beers’ mining operations, which was implemented over a two year period.

Winning Teams Grows Up

Our extensive knowledge of banking products would open doors for us in Halifax Bank and Abbey National in the United Kingdom and more recently in numerous countries in Africa, working with Nedbank Rest of Africa. In addition, we gained valuable experience pertaining to insurance products by implementing our learning and development model of engagement in ABSA Life; ABSA Insurance; Standard Bank Insurance; SA Eagle and Sanlam Contact Centres. Although Winning Teams has worked primarily within banks and insurance organisations, its learning and development model of engagement can be applied to any business and/or organisation that have identified the need to develop and embed core knowledge amongst its employees. This is confirmed by our involvement with manufacturing companies such as South African Breweries, consulting services with Price Waterhouse Coopers and 1st Contact in the UK, as well as auditing services in Nedbank Group Audit Division.

Expanding the horizon…

In 2002 Winning Teams entered the field of youth education and development. This resulted from a direct request by Nedbank to use the Winning Teams methodology to develop financial literacy among learners in public schools prior to leaving school. Winning Teams agreed on the proviso that the knowledge content would not only include financial literacy but other areas that would better prepare learners for the world of work.
In 2003 Winning Teams launched a World of Work Preparation Programme in 50 public secondary schools in Gauteng. The Winning Teams model of engagement and methodology was used in these schools, funded solely by Nedbank. Our learning methodology was well received and supported by learners even as an extra-mural activity. This led to the programme being extended beyond the borders of Gauteng to public secondary schools in other provinces. Postbank and Standard Bank would take over the funding of the programme from Nedbank in 2004 and for the period 2005 – 2013 Standard Bank became the sole funder of the programme.