Colin J Browne


Colin J Browne heads up Happy Sandpit, a South African organisational culture consultancy which helps organisations of all sizes to increase employee engagement, performance and loyalty.

He is the author of ‘How to Build a Happy Sandpit’, a ground-breaking book based on research conducted with more than 60 South African businesses over several years, on how their cultures drive success.

He has lectured at GIBS, Wits Business School and Unisa and he has worked with hundreds of South African businesses to understand and to implement better engagement techniques. 

Colin J Browne will demonstrate that by changing the context of the work that they do, your employees will deliver performance that will help you soar to success.

Colin conducts keynotes and workshops aimed at helping organisations to identify and to overcome their particular challenges in the six key areas that define a more engaged organisation:

–    A willingness to extend TRUST
–    The de-emphasis of HIERARCHY
–    Respect for the TWO-WAY STREET
–    An obsession with VALUES
–    The ability to HIRE for culture fit

Each is a backed up by case studies of African organisations who have excelled in these areas; what they did; why they did it; and how they went about it. Learn how you can create the same results and dramatically increase your employee engagement.

Colin J Browne – Organisational Culture has provided services and conducted workshops on employee engagement, organisational culture buy-in and leadership team development at organisations including:

The American Chamber of Commerce, American Tower Corporation, AOS, BMW South Africa, Bank Gaborone (Botswana), Cavmont Bank (Zambia), CBS, City of Johannesburg, Comair, German Chamber of Commerce, Huge Telecom, Innovation Group, Intel, MBD Credit Solutions, Nashua, PMSA, SAMRO, McCarthy Toyota, Bank Windhoek (Namibia) and Zurich Insurance.

Colin J Browne has appeared on SABC 2, Morning Live, SABC 3 Expresso, 702’s The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, Metro FM, Kaya FM, Two Oceans Vibe, Cliff Central, Radio Junto and Ballz Radio.

The message that Colin J Browne – Organisational Culture conveys is such an important one and the more people who hear him, the better”

Peter Maher, Director of Alumni Relations, University of the Witwatersrand


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    • How do modern perks measure up as benefits to employers, versus employees?

Who inspired you to pursue your dream of speaking?
Nobody really. I’m first and foremost a writer and researcher and the speaking goes with the programme. It’s hands down the best way to get out and lend the material credibility and it’s also enormous fun for me.

What advice would you give to somebody if they were interested in pursuing professional speaking?
Don’t be a charlatan. This world is densely populated by people who claim to be experts when they’ve just pulled a bunch of stuff off Google. You need to have content and you need to have developed that yourself. Audiences deserve something authentic.

The underlying concept of this book is that employees in a business are like children in a sandpit. If you have a group of children who play well together, they’ll build sandcastles.

They may build very elaborate ones. One will run off to the tap and fetch a bucket of water and they’ll build a moat. They’ll have such a good time doing it that they will want to do it again tomorrow.


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