I look to partner with leaders to help them in three particular ways. The first is around their own continued personal development, which in my opinion underpins any form of leadership development. As we get to know ourselves better, and more importantly work at releasing the grip that our personality has on us, we can access increased flexibility particularly in our range of responses in interpersonal situations. This is critical for leaders.
Secondly, I look to help leaders increase the level to which they are able to integrate the different streams of intelligence that we all have access to. To name the three most obvious ones, how does one integrate cognitive, emotional and somatic (gut) intelligence? For too long business leaders have over-relied on whichever form of intelligence they are most naturally gifted in, and usually had a very low level of competence in at least one of the others. In today’s complex world it doesn’t make sense to try and lead with only a third of your intelligence.
Thirdly, I look to help leaders become more present and find a sense of connection to ‘source’, however they define that term. Without an increase in present moment awareness it’s hard to do the work of personal development or integration. And without a connection to source it’s difficult to genuinely lead in complex environments without resorting to outmoded and mechanical leadership approaches.
All of this means that I draw on an eclectic mix of modalities to help my clients – most of our sessions will consist of conventional dialogue, but may also include meditation, breathwork, visualisation or other modalities. I do this whilst respecting where my client is at, what they are comfortable with (or at least not desperately uncomfortable with) and what they have appetite for (always looking to balance compassion and challenge). And all the time linking this back to the imperatives of the business they are serving.
Beyond the actual coaching sessions, I help my clients to introduce new practices into their lives – these practices are what form the real foundation of lasting change for them, after the formal coaching process has ended.
Even though I work primarily one on one with my clients, I recognise that the interpersonal dimension is where leadership plays out (and is probably our richest source of potential learning anyway), so I include multiple ways of bringing other parties into the coaching process – either through 3 way conversations, or 360 degree feedback of one form or another.
Finally, I often make use of a personal development tool called the Enneagram to help fast track coaching conversations to the depth and area of focus that is likely to have the most leverage for a given individual.
Qualifications and Certification
I am a graduate of the UCT GSB Professional Coaching Course (PCC), having completed all of the required programmes run by the Centre for Coaching and New Ventures West (USA). I also have two undergraduate degrees from the University of Cape Town – a B.Soc.Sc. in Philosophy, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude).
I have also done extensive training in Depth Facilitation, and am accredited both as an Enneagram practitioner and an Insights practitioner.
As an entrepreneur, I have started two companies, one in the renewable energy space and one in mindfulness training for organisations. I played a key role in product development, marketing, business development and general management of these two ventures.
As a coach, I have worked with a number of blue-chip companies in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. I have carried out research, design and delivery of different programmes in leadership, sales, and general soft skills training. Companies I have worked for include General Electric, Investec, Coronation, Old Mutual, Sanlam, Santam, Woolworths, British American Tobacco, Discovery, First National Bank, and ABSA.
I am a husband and a father, which keeps me pretty busy. When I’m not working you’ll find me with my family, or surfing, reading a good book, somewhere in nature, or just generally thinking about the human condition.