Our Story - So Far...

Birthed from a Dream for a Better World for All

“What will it take to transform a city?”  This was one of the most pressing questions that the founding leaders of Doxa Deo began grappling within the mid- ‘90s, within the context of Pretoria – the capital city of South Africa.  Flowing from this ongoing deliberation, a city transformation movement was born that would soon expand globally to impact eight differentiating spheres of society. These spheres are grouped into four health categories: (a) healthy spirituality, (b) healthy productivity, (c) healthy lifestyle, and (d) healthy mindset.


Our journey as the City Changers Institute (CCI) began in 2008 when a two-fold need within the movement emerged.  Firstly, the further equipping of our existing leaders, and secondly, to start raising a future generation of leaders.  For this initial decade, CCI’s focus was mostly vocational, facilitating a unique blend of accredited academic qualifications with practical experience training to ensure the holistic development of each individual.  Our development philosophy was further rounded off by including components of worldview impartation, leadership development, and mentoring & coaching processes.

By 2012, it became apparent through our vocational initiatives and key strategic partner relationships, that we needed to begin broadening our horizons to better serve our communities through the leadership acumen acquired.  From the USA, we had already established a strong relationship with Regent University where we hosted their master’s qualifications in Organizational Leadership (MOL), Business Administration (MBA) and Strategic Foresight (MSF).  In addition to these qualifications, we also had a number of our team members complete their doctorate qualifications in the fields of Organizational Leadership (Ph.D.) and Strategic Leadership (DSL). 


During this time, we also partnered with Xpand, a leadership consulting house from northern Europe that empowered us with future-fit models of practical application.  Knowing that many of the ‘most livable’ nations of the world are situated in northern Europe, Xpand’s philosophy soon entrenched our understanding of organizational health and personal wellbeing.  As a result, we began aligning academic knowledge with the wisdom of application and understanding of culture and worldview diversity.  This led to the establishment of CCI Professional as a unique entity in 2016.  Though our origin was in South Africa, one of the most diverse nations in the world, our intention of having a global impact alongside our larger movement was clear from the start.


Our Future-Fit Differentiators

CCI Professional offers a blend of four future-fit differentiators to the global market, placing the focus not only on our client partners’ current success, but their long term sustainability.


1.         The Fourth Industrial Revolution and a VUCA World

The world is rapidly changing as we enter what is now commonly called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  This is the era of cognification where aspects such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, disruptive technologies, etc., are quickly becoming the new normal.  But what are the effects on humanity?  People call it a VUCA world (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) where it is estimated that aspects such as stress, complexity and pace of life will increase by up to 100 times!  CCI Professional has embraced this new reality through not only incorporating relevant artificial intelligent systems such as NXTmove and Shadowmatch into our toolbox, but also re-aligning our models to best serve our partners who are also navigating this future.

In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it’s the fast fish which eats the slow fish.”

Prof Klaus Schwab – Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum

2.         From Human Resource (HR) to Human Capital (HC)

As a result of the first Industrial Revolution, most of us became accustomed to thinking of people in the workplace as a resource; in many instances an expendable resource.  This outdated paradigm no longer effectively serves the world in which we live as people have increasingly more access to knowledge, technology, and global infrastructure.  This requires a fundamental shift on behalf of leadership where their workforce must be considered as part of the capital wealth base of the organization.  Similar to financial, product or natural capital, it requires skilled, healthy and engaged people to produce and take care of it.  For CCI Professional, this led us to the development of our overarching approach of the CCI Professional – Human Capital Mastery Model.


I was raised to treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO.”

Tom Hardy – Actor

3.         Preventive vs. Restorative Approach


4.         Holistic Development Paradigm

Since the inception of CCI in 2008, the paradigm of holistic development has always been a key driver as it not only holds for our academic ventures, but also when it comes to professional empowerment.  The approach is one of co-design with our partners to best serve their outcomes, rather than presenting a standardized program.  CCI Professional has been praised by the likes of Bigen Africa for this paradigm when stating:


You can't expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday's tools and expect to be in business tomorrow.”



Fact, each person within every organization is a unique individual with unique needs.  The one-shoe-fits-all systems approach simply no longer works with our employees.  CCI Professional can be your preferred partner of choice to co-craft a tailored empowerment process for your entire organization.

During the past decade, several, even listed medical insurance companies have discovered that it is more profitable for them to keep their clients healthy than to pay their medical bills.  Global leading preventative care systems, such as Vitality, has produced significant financial and personal wellbeing results within the Discovery group.  CCI Professional follows a similar approach when considering the health of an entire organization.  Not only is it more profitable for the company in the long run, but it also becomes a more inspiring and engaging work environment for all.  Hence the question, how well is your organizations’ vitality system designed and implemented?


Organizational health is the single greatest competitive advantage that any organization has.  It’s free and is accessible to any leader and yet it remains largely untapped.

Patrick Lencioni – Author & Speaker

Additional Points of Consideration


In support of our future-fit differentiators, CCI Professional also incorporates several additional considerations for optimal effectiveness.  These include:

  • Neuro-Scientific Approach – Working with the brain in mind is a key consideration to optimally engage people from all walks of life.

  • Cultural and Worldview Challenges – Dealing with the diversity of mindsets and global views that are represented in modern-day organizations.

  • Global Perspectives – Being a global player who ensures that we continuously incorporate relevant leading research.

  • Diverse Complexities – Working towards finding the solution with the least resistance, yet never compromising in considering the complexities that each situation within every organization presents.

  • Collaborative / Co-creation Mindset – Internally we value and implement a wingman model as we are off the belief that greatness is never achieved alone.  We also similarly apply this philosophy when assisting our partners.  They are the specialists; we are there to empower!

  • Mastery levels – Become the best version of who you were made to be by honoring your unique design.


At the heart of everything we do, it remains our core focus to empower people to live out their full potential, purpose, and calling; touching every aspect of their lives.  Our world has become a very complex and challenging place, where few leaders show adequate understanding and wisdom into human capital and leadership praxis.  The change required will never be easy, but together we will be able to take the necessary steps towards success and ensure sustainability.  The alternative might be best described by one of our adopted mottos:

If you dislike change, you're going to dislike irrelevance even more.”

Gen. Eric Shinseki – Former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Marcel Hattingh Ph.D.

CCI Professional – Chief Executive Officer