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When we don’t look after ourselves, how does this affect how we coach?

Posted by on May 21, 2017 • 3 minute read

When we don’t look after ourselves, how does this affect how we coach?

  I am a self confessed flag bearer for coaching supervision. I make no excuses for it. I have personally experienced the multifaceted benefits to me and my practice, I deep dived into the practice for the academic research for my Masters and for my sins was “voluntold” to chair, for now, the Comensa Supervision Portfolio Committee. So, let’s be frank, I am biased. In May 2017, the Gauteng region of the Supervision Portfolio Committee celebrated International Supervision Day by hosting a morning for coaches titled: Vulnerability – Who we are is how we...

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Life beyond the crossroads looks like…

Posted by on September 4, 2015 • 2 minute read

Life beyond the crossroads looks like…

  What is your crossroads? What dilemma, difficult decision or conundrum do you face? Our country sure faces a big one. The Dinokeng Scenarios offered up the three choices: Walk apart; walk behind or walk together. We have ‘walked apart’ several times since the scenarios were drafted in 2009. Leadership has often appeared unaccountable. As a result, citizens have lost patience and erupted into unrest and protest. Think service delivery protests, student uprisings, xenophobia, Marikana. The need to ‘walk together’ is becoming increasingly urgent. Then there is the...

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The discomfort of confronting yourself

Posted by on September 2, 2015 • 2 minute read

The discomfort of confronting yourself

  Day 1 of the Community Building Workshop was a mixture of the swooping warm energy of engagement, the giddy joy of appreciation, the spiraling confusion of being misunderstood, and the iron clad courage of finding my voice. I almost lost it after several minutes, at different intervals, of making myself heard over the cacophony of fifty others in tight circles of four or five or six. ┬áDo have any idea how loud a group of fifty-odd adults can be all talking in tight circles? I should have lost my hearing, with all the straining to listen to the others. But I lost my voice in the...

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What it means to be a citizen

Posted by on September 1, 2015 • 2 minute read

What it means to be a citizen

  A citizen is one who is willing to be accountable for and committed to the well-being of the whole”, Peter Block. What does that mean for me? Is the well being of the whole up to me? Really? That is a seriously big responsibility. One that on first glance I think I would prefer to run from. Hide from. Put blinkers on and defer to my august leaders for. They can look after the whole, isn’t that their job? Isn’t that why I put them into power? Isn’t that why I love to point fingers at them and moan and blame them for not doing their job? A citizen is one who...

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#SAVision2030 What are You Doing??

Posted by on August 29, 2015 • 2 minute read

#SAVision2030 What are You Doing??

  In his book Community, The Structure of Belonging, Peter Block reminds us about how we “love our habit of dependency and accept the culture of retribution because it reinforces the case for strong leaders – ‘strong’ being the code word for autocratic, a message our culture is increasingly willing to accede to.” (p40) He goes on to say that “it is this love of leaders that limits our capacity to create an alternative future” (p41) because only leaders are seen as being important and capable of anything. It lets citizens “off the hook and...

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The day after Christmas

Posted by on December 26, 2014 • 2 minute read

The day after Christmas

  On the day after Christmas the world feels like a quieter place. The frenetic energy of the last few days has calmed. The roads are empty as traffic lights blink to no-one. Some flash only red in rain flooded sulkiness. People emerge into the new day looking sleepy and full. Everything feels full and slow. The fridge is overflowing with leftovers and the dustbin bursts with scrunched up wrappings. New toys, clothes, gifts fill surfaces and closets. Today feels like the kind of day to sit back and reflect on the good of life Today feels like the kind of day to sit back and reflect on...

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