As many of us do, I have fulfilled a multitude of roles to date, usually in conjunction with each other. These include Mother, Daughter, Sister, Coach, Employee, Employer, Leader, Director, Cleaner, Driver, Saint, Sinner, and a few others along the way.
I am the mother of two children, both of whom have, through nature and nurture, had very challenging childhoods, the impact of which has been exacerbated by the transition to adulthood. The upside of this is that we have grown in our understanding of health, including mental health, success and success through failure and have access to a wide network of support. This is without a doubt the most complex role I have fulfilled.
My formal employment included 30 years in the Corporate world, predominantly in the leadership of business teams as part of an Executive. I was fortunate to work for organisations in which Talent Development was a key priority, which naturally lead me into Coaching. My initial focus was on Executive and Life Coaching.
In line with my experience, my formal qualifications include a degree in Industrial Psychology and Industrial Sociology through the University of Cape Town, to pursue a career in Human Resource Management. In 2016 I completed the Associate Coaching Certification (ACC) in Geneva and have recently completed the Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) through the Centre for Coaching and New Ventures West (http://centreforcoaching.co.za/about-us/accreditation/) in Cape Town, South Africa.
For me, the most rewarding aspect of coaching is witnessing, through the process, people access their own knowledge, capability and strength, which helps them to take on challenges that they did not feel they could.