At the beginning of September, we had the pleasure of hosting Anette Dielmann, who ran a workshop on “Communication in Organisational Development Processes” and offered individual supervision at our offices in Muizenberg. The workshop was attended by a little group of participants from various professional backgrounds. It was eye opening for us all as we looked at organisational communication through different lenses.
The theoretical backbone for the work we did was Transactional Analysis, especially Günther Mohr’s “Individual and Organisational TA for the 21st Century”. Anette worked with us on real life examples, which made the theory come alive and illustrated possible causes of communication difficulties in organisations.
Looking into the development of solutions was fun, collaborative work, during which we all got some fresh new ideas from others. We could have gone on for a lot longer than the one day we had available. In our daily work with clients, we certainly will continue this train of thought.
Posted on 23 September 2016.
August is Women’s month in South Africa! Sometimes all the “girlie” events at this time of year are not really attractive to me. Busy as I’ve been, I may have just ignored all that, had it not been for a speaking opportunity at the “Women in Leadership” Breakfast on 12th August, organised by Symphonia.
This made me really stop and think about my own career as a woman and about female leaders in general. How often do we compare ourselves with men, assuming that we are – or should be – like them? Too often, and it is not useful.
Leadership is about creating a world to which people want to belong. We don’t learn how to do this only from management textbooks and lectures. We don’t only learn how to do this from men, but also and especially from female rolemodels we all have: the mothers, grandmothers, and aunties in our lives. In discussions with employees in different organisations, I have been told repeatedly that their favourite leaders are the female ones. Somehow these women seem to have intuitively worked out how to touch people, so that they want to belong and follow the lead.
Let us remember to cherish and develop our female qualities, like nurturing, building relationships, and listening. Happy women’s month!
Posted on 23rd August 2016.
From the official inception of CIELARKO in 2008, Layo and Peter have seen cooperation with other organisations and individuals as an important part of our way of working.
It is inspirational to work with others. We have a good network of individuals and organisations that complement our portfolio of competencies. These relationships provide us with the opportunity for professional exchange (of ideas and methods), thus enhancing our creativity as well as our ability to provide clients with excellent service.
This year (2016), encounters with interesting people and their ideas have reminded us of the value that lies in joining forces with “complementary others”.
Layo is working with the Fluent Self organisation to make TIFF (see previous news item) profiling and training accessible to the South African market. See this link for more.
She has also started coordinating a group of practising coaches and therapists interested in expanding their knowledge and experience in the field of Equine Assisted Coaching. The group members learn from and with each other by sharing insights from their own practice, from courses they have participated in and by organising workshops with experts from across the globe. Their aim is to develop this field for the benefit of individuals, organisations and communities in South Africa.
CIELARKO is partnering with Relocation Africa in developing and delivering a one-day workshop to introduce expatriates to the topic of diversity, to prepare them for the difficulties and benefits of an expatriate assignment, and to equip them to deal with diversity-related challenges constructively. To find out more about “The Power of Difference”, follow this link.
Conversations with a few more interesting organisations, whose assets we complement and who complement ours, are underway in South Africa and abroad. We are curious about what lies ahead for us in this regard. If you are, too, keep checking our website for news.
Posted on 22 April 2016.
The Temple Index for Functional Fluency (TIFF) is a well-researched tool for personal and professional development. Based on a personal TIFF profile, which results from filling in an online questionnaire, TIFF providers (consultants, trainers, coaches licensed to use this tool) co-create action plans for personal development together with their clients.
I (Layo) was introduced to this tool by my supervisor some years ago, found it incredibly useful for my own development and have been interested in becoming a TIFF provider ever since. Finally, the time has come…
Netherlands-based trainer and consultant, Lieuwe Koopmans, is coming to South Africa in May and June 2016 to train consultants, coaches, trainers and therapists to become TIFF providers for Africa. I will be participating in the training and am excited to be introducing Lieuwe and the Functional Fluency model to the South African environment.
The training is being run through the South African Transactional Analysis Association (SATAA). Anyone who is interested in joining us, please send me an email or give me a call on +27 21 788 8254.
For more information on Functional Fluency and TIFF, see www.functionalfluency.com.
Posted on 18 March 2016.
We, at CIELARKO, wish you peace and joy during the festive season!
As you go into 2016, may time fo with you as a friend.
Best wishes and happy holidays
from the CIELARKO team.
Posted in December 2015.
Layo and Ingrid ran an in house training as well as an open workship in October 2015. The main subject was Leadership. The workshops were attended by people from different backgrounds with diverse skills, experiences, and positions within their organisations. Each person contributed their understanding and interpretation of Leadership. Some pre-conceptions were challenged. Everyone gave fresh thought to their own habits and patterns at work. Both participants and facilitators had some “aha-moments”. Participants left feeling enriched and empowered with new tools from Nonviolent Communication and Transactional Analysis.
For more information on the ULS workshop, fee free to contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by giving us a call on 021 788 8254.
CIELARKO has developed a new workshop targeting those who are in managerial and leadership positions in their organisations. With many things changing and people moving from position to position, leaders need opportunities to practice communicating effectively in new situations. This workshop introduces tried and tested communication tools from Transactional Analysis and Nonviolent Communication. It also looks at positive ways for dealing with criticism and managing conflict in the workplace.
The workshop takes one full day and the cost per person is R 1 350,00. For more details, see workshop description and contact us.
CIELARKO is once again working with the Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich, Germany) team on a research project around the subject ‘Successful Local Innovation for Global Change.’ The aim of this research project is to uncover critical success factors of social innovation and entrepreneurship to deliver social impact by utilising innovative and effective inclusive business models to satisfy the needs of low-income customers. This research project is conducted by Helene Koepplin (a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Leadership and Organisation at the University).
At this Breakfast Briefing Professor Hoegl will discuss key drivers for successful strategy implementation in emerging market environments, and thus how local ideas can lead to global impact.
The Briefing is taking place on 23 July 2015 at the Country Club in Johannesburg.
For further details, bookings (please note that you must RSVP by 15th July 2015 for the latest) or enquiries you can follow this link:
Since November 2014, CIELARKO has been developing an Active Citizenship Process Manual for the South African Youth Leaders Network (SAYLN), a network of South African youth organisations (see www.sayln.org.za).
In mid March 2015 Layo and Stefan facilitated a train-the-trainers workshop for SAYLN to offer new content for the work with youth, to support the development of awareness (of self, diversity, and community) and the ability to take action within SAYLN’s youth leaders, the organisation as a whole and the communities it touches, step by step. Simphiwe attended the training as a participant.
Each one of us was inspired by the process, in different ways…
Layo: “The group created a safe space together, in which difficult topics could be discussed openly. I honour the eagerness with which everyone participated, the passion with which so many people are contributing to their communities and the bravery with which people faced and shared their own challenges. After these days with SAYLN’s youth leaders, I realise that we will never be able to ‘force’ South Africa into the perfect rainbow that we desire and at the same time am positive that the rainbow will develop strength and stability over time, as groups such as this one continue to reflect on the facts of their past and present and, in consequence, to act more and more consciously.”
Stefan: “I was very impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm with which the participants lead and develop the youth organisations they are responsible for all over South Africa. At the workshop it was wonderful to experience the group creating a forum in which difficult issues from very diverse backgrounds were shared. I am confident that this group of youth leadership workers will carry the practical tools, exercises and techniques back into their respective organisations in order to inspire hundreds of young South Africans to be active, each in their own way, in creating the communities we long for.”
Simphiwe: “The process taught me a few things about myself and my desires for South Africa. As an example, I want a country where everyone is tolerant to difference. My highlight of this process was when we had to work on our action plan for how we will roll out the Active Citizenship process manual in our communities. Seeing everyone eager about this work was touching because I believe if we all come together we can do a much better job than individually.”
On 13 January 2015, the CIELARKO team started the year together with a workshop on NVC facilitated by Coach and Consultant – Ingrid Fonta Muki at Highlands Country House in Kenilworth.
We discussed the four steps of NVC (1. Observation, 2. Feelings, 3. Needs, 4. Request) and underwent an intense process of handling our own real communication challenges in an effective manner. This process reminded us that before we tackle communication challenges with others, we need to first solve our own internal issues.
The full day workshop was educational and informative as we all realised that we can use the NVC tool at home, with our colleagues, with our clients etc.
Ingrid did an excellent job in holding the space, facilitating an intense process, encouraging maximum participation and enabling us all to develop our own individual learnings.