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I don't write blogs posts overly often. And when I do I try to make them meaningful!

These are thoughts I am inspired to share from my observations about Life, Leadership, Personal Branding, the Expat Experience and everything in-between. Please feel free to share your comments - your feedback is important to me!

Dear HR Manager, please don’t be scared of Skype coaching!

Dear Human Resources Manager Let me begin by telling you how much I value you. You are the reason your organization embraces coaching. Your progressive approach to the development of your leadership, talent, and career-climbers [...]

How to discuss Personal Branding with your Coach – a coaching transcript

Coach: So John, I understand that you want to talk about Personal Branding in our meeting today? John: Yes, that’s right coach. It’s a phrase that is being spoken about a lot around here. Everyone [...]

How [slow] travel makes me be a better coach

At my 21st birthday my mother gifted me my first trip beyond Southern Africa. Not wanting me to wander too far, she choose Mauritius as my destination. Of course, Club Med in Mauritius is a [...]

Why it’s OK to Re/lapse on your Goals

This is a story about Doug*, a high- achieving, charismatic and energized individual. Doug is a prolific “doer” who doesn’t schedule appropriate reflection time to note whether all of his doing is really benefiting his [...]

5 reasons why being interesting is as important as being successful

I once worked for a narcissist (haven’t we all?). When I resigned from the firm, he called me to his office, patted me on the head and asked “Do you really think that you will [...]

7 Thinking Patterns: Do You Recognise Yourself in any of These?

Just thinking about thinking is sobering. Many of us, on our journey of life at some time or another, are captive to one or more of the identified distorted thinking paradigms below. It may not [...]

Learn the Coaching Language

Coaching brings with it dynamic thinking constructs together with its own unique language, buzz words and vocabulary. Learning the language is a great way to get acquainted with coaching, whether you’re about to coach or [...]

An Executive Coaches story about Personal Transformation

I began a personal transformation journey 16 months ago.  Originally my intention was a 3-month sabbatical from my home town of Cape Town in South Africa to the city of Santiago in Chile.  Because I [...]

How to Stand Out without Shouting Out

Personal Branding is a real buzzword at the moment.  It’s a well accepted concept in cultures where personal success is rewarded and individuals who stand out are applauded.  But it’s less known in cultures where [...]

5 Unexpected ideas to boost your leadership Brand and Presence

In 2013 Forbes headlined an article titled Personal Branding is a Leadership Requirement, not a Self-Promotion Campaign, reminding us that 'Developing your personal brand is essential for the advancement of your career and development as [...]

How to recognise a charlatan coach

The headline of this post makes me feel lousy. Like I am dissing other coaches who I feel are not the real deal.  But the post has been brewing within me and I must let [...]

Executive Coaching goes Mobile: 4 Reasons to switch to technology-based coaching

I have been blessed by a solid stream of coaching clients since I started my coaching practice in 2005.  It's not been an easy road - I have worked very hard to promote myself and [...]

The Fake it ‘Til you Make It principal (and it’s application to leadership)

As I type this I'm admiring the treetops from an apartment in Santiago, Chile. My being here is a personal experiment intended to expand mine, my clients and future clients thinking around the portability of Executive [...]

See you in Santiago

This article is a replica of a recent interview published in the COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) Newsletter. And it's all about Moi!  I'm embarking on an exciting work/life adventure and I invite [...]

Can your best friend be your coach?

  The word “coaching” literally means to transport someone from one place to another.  People use coaching to help them move forward and/or to create some kind of change. A Coaching Conversation is a highly [...]

Seeking Sattwa: equilibrium and harmony

There are those us who have (not yet?) chosen to escape to caves or island retreats for a life of meditation and yoga.  Those of us who still throw ourselves into the daily chaos of creativity, business and economics.  In our chaotic contribution, we still look for the same peace of mind, the same sense of equilibrium amongst the hustle and energy of our world.  We too seek Sattwa. The ancient yogis have known what modern science has recently affirmed  – everything (all matter, our bodies, the empty spaces between us), when broken down to its smallest component, amounts to nothing more than energy.  The world as we know it is essentially a massive collection of energy particles.  Energy only ever finds itself in three different states.  […]

Learn The Language

Coaching brings with it dynamic thinking constructs together with its own unique language, buzz words and vocabulary. Learning the language is a great way to get acquainted with coaching, whether you’re about to coach or whether you’re preparing for your first chemistry meeting with your preferred coach.  […]

Shifting Perspective

If you own a cat, and even if you don’t, I’ll bet you’re familiar with feline tactics for attention.  Walking, prancing and rolling on a keyboard is a  favored manoeuvre.   This morning, my cat was doing just that when she accomplished an extraordinary shift; I’m not sure which  keys she stood on, and in what sequence, but *viola!* the entire visual on my display screen turned 90 degrees. The whole screen.  I didn’t even know my notebook had such a  trick in it! I had to turn in on it’s side to view my screen.  It’s taken me quite some time to figure how to right the image.  The experience reminded me about a coaching dialogue technique — about how taking a 90-degree angle shift on something can shift our perspective. Whitworth et al, in their book Co-Active Coaching, set out this elegant example.  I hope it adds value to your thinking.  […]

What is your view of the World?

The word “paradigm” has become familiar to most of us.  It refers to the conceptual framework, belief system, and overall perspective through which we see and interpret the world – our ‘lens’, so to speak.  Our paradigm determines what we are able to see, how we think, how we respond and behave.  Mostly, we don’t question the accuracy of our  paradigm because we’re usually unaware of its existence.  Trying to reflect on it is like trying to study the color pink while wearing pink-colored glasses.  We cannot distance ourselves enough from it to see how much it affects our perception.  We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are.  […]

Do you Labour with Love?

Some of you may know that I am a student of Astrology.  I was introduced to it by a co-worker many years ago who kept insisting that I “dressed just like a Capricorn”.  Intrigued to know more, I began a life-long study of this ancient art and science.  When I work with coaching clients who are themselves receptive to astrology, I find the astro-language offers us a unique perspective for self-study.  This post, based on the eloquent work of Astrologer and Creative Writer, Linda Goodman, offers us a look at the sun signs in the context of the work we do. What motivates each sign?  What might be considered out Labor of Love?  […]