ORGANISATIONAL EXCELLENCE COACH.
Favorite quote: “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change!” (Darwin).
This quote by Charles Darwin is one of my all-time favourites. It speaks to me of agility – a quickness of body and mind, the ability to adjust – and of resilience – the ability to recover quickly after some setback or difficulty. I have made it my mission – both in my personal and professional life – to help people become both more agile and more resilient. I believe these to be two key qualities that everyone needs – and not only those who lead.
Agility means so much more to me than merely being adaptable to changing circumstances.
I believe it is about posture:- a combination of mindset and behaviour that is steadfast towards the achievement of common goals, yet also open to the possibility that changing course may yield unseen opportunities. And that includes opportunities that others may see where you do not.
Subject matter experts and those normally in leadership roles often find it very challenging to take on effective followership roles when a given context or situation demands it. So I train and coach teams and their members in how to improve their inner leader/follower dynamics.
“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer,
to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
Abraham H. Maslow
Although I studied engineering, I was trained as a problem-solver. But as an internal auditor in my earlier career, my recommendations for productivity improvements, which had been discussed with, and agreed by the auditee, were not always executed, at least not the way I had in mind. And there I learned that the solution was not mine to find, but by those that had to own it.
I am now a consultant, trainer and coach helping organisations work better together towards finding solutions that work for them.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
My engineering and auditing backgrounds bring me to ask challenging questions that may at times test the limits of people’s comfort zones, but then again entice them discover possibilities beyond. I enjoy taking people in teams on a journey of learning – about themselves, their colleagues, the way they work as teams.
I frequently use games and simulations (and occasionally Argentine tango) that offer a fun, safe and risk-free environment for finding and testing boundaries, for failing and for succeeding, for discovering a route towards truly exceptional team performance.