Stefan Graebe was recently interviewed by SA FM to discuss his new book entitled ‘A Doctorate and Beyond: Building a Career in Engineering and the Physical Sciences’. In the Literature Show interview, he talks with Nancy Richards about how he got to start writing the book with fellow author Graham C. Goodwin and shares his journey to getting a Doctorate and moving beyond. To hear the interview, Click the play button, below, to listen to the interview.
Towards the end of last year, Layo had an interview with a German publication company, Business Spotlight, to share her insights on the journey having a business and living in South Africa. She shared a bit about her ethnic background (having a Nigerian father and a German mother) and how she identified South Africa as a country that brought both worlds together hence her move to SA. She also opened up briefly about her observations and experiences having a business in South Africa and how one needs to embrace the different cultures the country has. You can read briefly about the interview here. Otherwise you can order past issues of Business Spotlight at their cover price plus postage and packing. You can call (+49) 89-85681-16 or send an email to email@example.com
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.