Coach

Individuals, couples, partners, teams, executives, groups. It’s all about systems. Relational systems. Personal systems. Family systems. Organisational systems. Community systems. In organisational and relational systems coaching (ORSC), the system is the client. Systems are intelligent. They are creative. Systems can find their own solutions. They just need awareness, to be revealed to themselves. Some tools to support the discovery and the growth. The space and time to think. That is what coaching is about for me.

Facilitator

One of our basic psychological needs is competence – to grow, to learn, to develop as human beings. Over time I have come to realise that mindsets can be a bigger obstacle than ignorance! So, I do train, impart knowledge, build skills, and debate theories. However, even more so I challenge mindsets, imbed practices, share stories, and most importantly, stimulate thinking. I have worked with the Ken Blanchard companies for over 12 years and facilitate training of most of their products including being master trained on the biggest ones. I also develop and deliver many custom programs.

Speaker

I hated giving speeches at school. It was stressful. I would rather bunk. It terrified me. And yet somewhere deep inside some longing stirred. Then one day I was caught in a situation where it was up to me to take charge. To get onto the stage and get everyone’s attention. I was shocked when they listened. Really? What’s with that? Then before I was 20 I needed to address an audience of over 1000. Again people listened. And again. And again. I realised that I came alive in front of an audience. Not in an arrogant way. In a humbling way. More myself. Sharp. Authentic. Connecting. Challenging. Inspiring. Who would have thought?

Writer

“I wonder what will happen if I simply write the way I speak?” This was a thought I had after yet another person asked me to please write. I have continually been asked: “when is your book coming out?”, or “do you have a blog?” But I don’t trust my grammar, my style, my sentence structure, my creativity. So I tried it anyway. Writing the way I speak. However, without all my “ums” and “urs”! It turns out there are a few people who do like it. Enough to finally publish my blog. I hope you like it too.

What do I Coach, Train, Speak, and Write about?

The common thread of all of this is life. This thing we embrace and that embraces us. I’m excited about anything that brings life. That makes us more alive. Actually that has expanded into 5 more words that also begin with “L”. Laughter, is a magic ingredient in life. I’m amused by unusual and quirky things. I love laughing. Talking of love, that too is a topic. Not much on romance though – that is a touchy subject! Love is an essential ingredient for all of life, including the way we lead. Ah, leadership is the next “L”. It’s what I teach. It’s what the world needs. It’s what we all need at the self level. We could also do with more leaders who listen. Listening. Another “L” word. Except for me it’s not just the essential listening to lead, and listening to coach. It’s listening to music. My favourite hobby. Something that sets me free. Which brings me to my last word – liberty. I think most of us crave it. More autonomy. Not just from bosses, politicians, teachers and parents. But from ourselves. Liberty from our shame, our sabotage, our negative self talk. The freedom to be our truest selves. Freedom to be who we really are.