Interested in joining The Ubuntu Group?
We would love to hear what you bring to our team, how we can all benefit from your experience, and who you’re becoming.
Consistent with our entrepreneurial and ownership-oriented culture you will notice that all of our positions are in fact partnerships. You do not work for us, you work in partnership with us, and us with you. No matter where you work within our three divisions and regardless of being an occasional consultant or full time, we are all partners.
Before sending us your CV and cover letter we hope you take the time to see if we are good fit for you. The Ubuntu Group is all about growth and development, for our clients, for ourselves, and our organizations.
Foundational Theories and Models
The following list of theories, models, and their originators and developers represent, in part, the core of our organizational operating philosophy and are common knowledge for our partners. Read through these papers, make some sense of each of them individually (integrating them together is not necessary at this time), and decide if you can get behind them and make use of them here at The Ubuntu Group. Much of it may be new to you and thus do not worry about reading for working knowledge; instead read for theoretical understanding: read it, digest it, get the big idea of it, and be ready to talk about it.
Organizational Culture – Schein
International Cultures – The GLOBE Study
Diversity as Culture – Tromenaars
Bioecology and Develecology – Bronfenbrenner
Org Theory and Design – Daft
Learning Organizations – Senge
Change & Competing Commitments – Kegan & Lahey
Developing For and From Tomorrow – Scharmer
If you’re interested in a deeper dive on each of the above nine facets, see the following texts:
Organizational Culture and Leadership (Schein, 2016)
Strategic Leadership Across Cultures (House et al., 2013)
Riding the Waves of Culture (Tromenaars & Hampden-Turner, 2012)
The Bronfenbrenner Primer (Shelton, 2019)
Organizational Theory and Design (Daft, 2020)
The Fifth Discipline (Senge, 2006)
Identity and the Life Cycle (Erickson, 1994)
Immunity to Change (Kegan & Lay, 2009) or The Evolving Self (Kegan, 1982)
Theory U (Scharmer, 2016)
Capacities of Practice
Which practice group are you looking to join? The foundational theories and models listed above are shared by all partners at The Ubuntu Group while the practice clusters internally share some foundational views and understandings. We encourage you to find your group below and read through the three articles listed. For the deep dive, pick up a book or two in the additional text lists.
Action Research by Wikipedia (2021)
John Molineux (2017)
Consulting is More than Giving Advice by Arthur Turner (1982) at the Havard Buisness Review
What Can Coaches Do for You? By Diane Coutu & Carol Kauffman (2009) at the Harvard
Benefits of Coaching by Mclean Institute for Coaching
The Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors, and Supervisors by the Association for
Putting a Value on Training by Jenny Cermak & Monica Mcgurk (2010) at McKinsey
The Importance of Training Employees: 11 Benefits by Indeed (2020)
Training of Employees: Need and Importance of Training by the Management Study Guide
Additional texts for each division:
Humble Consulting: How to Provid Real Help Faster (Schein, 2016)
Leadership: A Critical Text (Western, 2019)
The Consulting Bible (Weise, 2011)
The McKinsey Mind (Raseil, 2001)
The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives (Deimler & Stern, 2006)
Book Yourself Solid (Port, 2018)
The Mindful Coach: Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development (Silsbee, 2010)
Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text (Western, 2012)
The Three Marriages (David Whyte, 2009)
Crossing the Unknown Sea (David Whyte, 2001)
The Handbook of Coaching (Hudson, 1999)
Leaders as Coach (Peterson & Hicks, 1996)
The Adult Learner (Knowes, Swanson, & Holton, 2011)
The Art and Science of Training (Biech, 2016)
Planning Programs for Adult Learners: A Practical Guide (Caffarella, Daffron, & Cervero, 2013)
The Honest Enneagram: Know your Type, Own Your Challenges, Embrace Your Growth (Case,
Design for How People Learn (Dirksen, 2015)
How We Learn: The Suprrising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens (Carey, 2015)
Training and Development for Dummies (Biech, 2015)
Materials to Submit
Great! Now that you have an idea of what a being a partner looks like and also a bit of an understanding of our foundational structure it is time for you to connect with us.
A few notes on what we want to receive from you:
Curriculum Vital: We want a CV, not a resume. The version of a CV we want to read is less academic in nature and more interested in your course of life. Yes, tell us about your education, profession experience, cross-cultural experience, and all that, but also give us any other information that is insightful and speaks to who you are.
Cover Letter: Tell us the story of what brought you to applying to a partnership at The Ubuntu Group. You can go back as far as you would like but tell us the tail of who you are and why we would benefit from you joining the partnership.
Other: What else do we need to know about you? Send us anything else that help us know who you are and where you’re going!
Submit the documents to: Connect@TheUbuntuGroup.org