I’m a business and leadership coach, leadership development facilitator, speaker and author.
I’m a great believer in the power of coaching to move you from where you are to where you want to be.
Change is hard! To achieve better results you’ve got to upgrade your thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and habits. As someone who has completely reinvented herself from medical doctor to award-winning author, speaker and coach, I understand how tough – and lonely – the task of taking yourself to a new level can be.
As your coach I accompany you on your journey as your ally, helping you to face and overcome the inevitable obstacles so that you become the person you need to be in order to see the results you want in your work and life.
Working with me is a transformative process. We do the hard inner work so that you are better equipped to do the great outer work in the world!
A bit more about me…
My journey has been an unconventional one. In grew up in a working class family in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, during the dying days of apartheid. As a child I dreamed of becoming a doctor. I realised that dream when I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1999.
It was during my time as a junior doctor that I realised that the way medical students are trained and doctors work is unsustainable and detrimental to their health and well-being. You know the drill: long hours; heavy patient loads; minimal supervision. All in a country with a massive burden of disease and widespread dysfunction in the public health system. Something had to give!
In 2004 I chose to leave clinical practice. I wrote about my journey in my award-winning memoir titled Postmortem – The Doctor Who Walked Away. My TEDx talk has served as inspiration for doctors and other healthcare professionals all over the world.
The challenges I faced sensitized me to the struggle that so many people face in the world of work, and awakened within me a desire to devote my work to helping people to thrive at work, realise their potential and contribute in meaningful ways.
My work encompasses:
One-on-one and group coaching for committed professionals and leaders. I am trained as an Integral Coach; in my work with clients I bring a particular focus on the neuroscience of performance, brain-based coaching and the practice of mindfulness.
My experience as a coach has taught me that, without a clear understanding of how the brain works to drive behaviour, sustainable change is unlikely to happen. My work with clients therefore focuses on the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are at the root of behaviour, and helps clients to instill new mindsets and habits to produce the results they are committed to.
I used to fear public speaking! After receiving emails and messages from thousands of people around the world after my TEDx talk, I realise what a powerful tool it is to educate, motivate and inspire.
My talks are informative and inspiring. My delivery style is clear and unassuming. And I smile a lot!
As Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, I facilitate leadership development programmes for emerging and established leaders in public life. Programmes include:
- Emerging African Leaders Programme
- Collaborative Leadership
- Leading in Public Life – Women, Influence and Power
- Understanding Poverty and Inequality in South Africa
- Atlantic Fellows Programme on Social and Economic Inequality
I also work with clients in the private sector where I facilitate workshops on:
- Performance Leadership
- Leading Change
Learn more about the workshops I offer.
Below is a partial list of clients I’ve worked with:
- Old Mutual plc.
- Momentum Health
- Standard Bank
- UN Leaders Programme
- Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
- University of Cape Town
- WITS Health Consortium
- University of the Free State
- Stellenbosch University
- WiSER at the University of the Witwatersrand
- Independent Schools Association of South Africa
- Varsity College
- South African Medical Association
- Various private one-on-one coaching clients
CONTACT ME to find out more about working with me.