Company Profile

Elephants in Main Street has been in existence since 1995. We service a global client base from our Head Office in Johannesburg. Even though Elephants in Main Street has established a solid reputation for turning point events in South Africa it is highly experienced in, and has a deep understanding of, international conditions.

Interventions with real intent

Any successful intervention, be it an annual conference, a turning point exercise, a training program, or the launch of a new product, must act as a turning point in the life of the organisation, even if this is only to accelerate an already successful strategy or process. Elephants in Main Street helps you turn your conferences and other events into turning points for your organisation.

Our unique “experiential approach” has delivered exceptional results in the following fields:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Management and supervisory skills
  • Team leadership
  • Mentorship and coaching
  • Culture change
  • Change management
  • Strategic planning
  • Sales training
  • Team building
  • Enhancing team performance
  • Customer relationship and service skills

Stephen Langton Blades, CEO

He has worked with leaders and teams across Africa and the Middle East, in some of the toughest and most complex environments. He has designed and delivered a wide range of high impact, innovative turning point events in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Canada and Australia which have had rave reviews.His deep appreciation for multi-cultural nuances that need to be considered when managing change make him a sought after member of any transformational team. His experience in a multitude of sectors including Pharmaceutical, FMCG, Engineering, Mining, Financial Services and IT & Telecommunications unlocks innovation opportunities in clients’ teams. 

He and raises the capacity of people he works with solve problems rather than dramatise them. He is well respected as a coach and change management consultant and has the ability to engage the hearts and minds of people from the shop floor right the way up to the board.His experience spans nearly three decades and is leveraged when you need to address unique, complex and sensitive political, social and cross cultural interfaces with care and respect, and unlock understanding and cooperation in teams.

By 2017 Stephen Langton Blades has acquired in excess of 96000 hours working with teams and groups. That averages out to nearly 16 hours a day over 300 days a year over 20 years. The bulk of his life has been spent dealing with the challenges faced by leaders in teams at nearly every point in their journey and life cycle or market condition. He has the ability to deal with just about any team at any stage of their journey in any industry. He brings with him an immensely practical and applicable set of tools which not only raise commitment and hope, but also actually increases the ability to bring about a positive change in the status quo.  He has built a unique team who match his extraordinary creativity and ability to unite people around a common goal. They posses an equally unique skill set in the fields of logistics, audio visual, technological and administration capability.

The combined power delivers excellence packaged in a turn key service in very short periods of time with lasting effects.

Meet the Team