OUR TEAM

My journey of empowering leaders was inspired by being exposed to some amazing leaders spanning over 30 years. It was through this experience that I realised my purpose of “creatively facilitating leaders’ unique contribution to the world”. I spent 12 years in a leadership role of Director of Student Life and three years as Director of Marketing & Development at Cape Theological Seminary. I completed my studies with a master’s in cross-cultural studies with a focus on leadership. At the same time I worked to equip myself as an accredited business and executive coach.

I am excited about my role at TowerStone because of this dynamic team’s belief that it is possible for people to be fulfilled in the workplace. I’ve learnt that one of the most powerful ways to make a change in the world is through leaders who are passionate about their own brand and who are committed to empower others to do the same.

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I started off my career as a social worker with the firm belief that we (people) can be better and do better. After years of focusing on problem related issues I attended night-school and studied human resources. I believe that the growth and development of people gives meaning to our existence. I was attracted to Towerstone’s Brand Ambassador framework that facilitates a better way to lead and be led thus confirming my belief, “if we know better, we do better”. That’s what I care about and that’s why I’m here.

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From being voted as the naughtiest kid most likely to fail at school, I found success in the information and technology sector as a young sales and marketing executive, culminating in an executive sales and strategy role for a large information technology company based in Germany. On my return to South Africa, my passion to inspire leadership led to the creation of TowerStone. I am continually amazed by how much we have achieved in such a short time, but it is also humbling to realise how far we have to go, considering we are such a young organisation.

My role in TowerStone includes business and purposeful content development, coaching, writing and strategic consulting. My core purpose is to encourage all those I come into contact with to see the world through a different set of lenses to realise their potential. Many of us are unaware of our past conditioning, blocking growth and development that keeps us in false comfort zones. What is so desperately needed from leaders and human beings is to become aware of the lenses that trap us, so that we can realise the full splendour of who we are and what we can achieve and contribute. To consciously lead, to be a model example, and to let go of the old to inspire the new, is one of the toughest aspects of a personal life journey.

I am driven by the need to inspire others. My life purpose – as a coach and facilitator – is getting up every morning and showing care for all those around me; inspiring them to seek greater meaning in their lives and helping them to Purposefully live a life that matters – a life that is fulfilling and meaningful, filled with love at the core of everything. And indeed, this is how I live my own life.

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have come to realise as a coach and facilitator that each engagement with another individual is an opportunity to learn.

As someone who has always wanted to understand people better, enrolling for a psychology degree seems like a natural decision in hindsight. I completed my honours and interned as a psychometrist in the public sector in the 80s, after which I worked as a business consultant both in other businesses as well as my own. My immersion in the business world lead me to enrol in and obtain a Masters in Business Administration.

All of this came together when I joined TowerStone – a group of warm and caring professionals who are passionate about their work. Our work on brand ambassadorship not only benefits leaders in the workplace but also their contributions as individuals in society.

I believe the true mark of someone’s achievement isn’t found in their own lives, but in the contributions they’ve made to the lives of others.

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My journey as a facilitator started when I obtained my degree in Psychology. After a number of years of working in the field, I changed direction slightly by going into the Organisation and Development and Coaching practice. I facilitated around the concepts of management and leadership within the retail market in Africa.

In my professional and personal life, I like to follow the disciplines of: observing what works, figuring out why it works and then building on proven foundations. My focus at TowerStone is that of project management and facilitating our learning programmes.

 

The part of my job that gives me great fulfilment is providing clients with feedback in my role as an accredited practitioner in the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument®, Barrett’s and Belbin assessments.

The Marilyn Monroe quote of “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” encourages me to live my life to the full every day!

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My dream was to become a teacher and that was exactly what I did. I started my career by jumping straight into tertiary training within private institutions. I had the privilege of being exposed to a multitude of subject fields, varying from 3D animation and photography, to fork lift training and business analysis. A passion for education led me to complete my B.Ed Hons. in Educational Management and specialise in ICT in Education. I relished every step of my journey. I have learned so much through the years and am excited to learn more from TowerStone every day. My focus at TowerStone is the continuous improvement, organisation and maintenance of effective process flows within the Leadership Academy.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”- Prof Stephen Hawking

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believe that no matter what role you may find yourself in, each has one thing in common: the need for effective communication which is something I am passionate about. I enjoy being part of a team and going the extra mile making sure my deadlines are met. Throughout my career, I have learnt how to adapt to different surroundings and diverse personalities while still maintaining the same level of enthusiasm and professionalism.

I feel privileged to be working with such a dynamic team, and am excited about the opportunity to grow with TowerStone.

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I have had a number of years experience in an administrative role within the motor trade. Using the skills learnt, I joined TowerStone as an office administrator as part of a dynamic team. While working with a team who believe in growing individuals to their full potential, I now manage the Supervisor Development Programme, support our facilitators and assist with the operational aspects. My role forms an integral part of helping to sustain the success of the back office team, through my involvement in the day to day running of the office.

My purpose in life is to be a good leader to others through living a values driven life. What I love about the TowerStone family is that I can be myself and am allowed the space I need to grow as an individual. Outside the office I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors.

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I started my journey of becoming a brand and communications strategist as a Matie, studying for a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s in business administration specialising in marketing. I spent twenty years in leadership positions at great advertising agencies: Ogilvy, Y&R, TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi. I was privileged to work with inspiring clients and their brands, e.g. Volkswagen, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble. It’s good to learn from the best.

One of the lessons I learnt was that strategy supersedes tactics, so I ran my own specialist brand and communications strategy enterprise for 10 years. Another lesson I learnt was that without employees who are brand ambassadors a brand will never be great. At TowerStone we build great brands by inspiring brand ambassadors. I also learnt that learning is a never-ending, exciting journey, so I am a voracious reader and an aspirant writer.

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I grew up in an impoverished township and witnessed firsthand the negative effects of poverty and unemployment. I made the decision to use these experiences to motivate myself to do everything in my power to work towards improving my standard of living for myself and that of my family. I dedicated myself to my studies and after matriculating, I enrolled for a course in Retail Business Management.

As someone with a very strong will for financial independence I started working part-time while pursuing my National Diploma. It is with the work ethic that I gained from previous experiences that I can now execute my responsibilities and tasks with diligence, professionalism and enthusiasm.

My purpose for joining TowerStone is that I want to experience working with a dynamic team. I believe this exposure will expand my knowledge in different sectors of the business environment and will grow me as an individual.

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Ihave acquired various skills in organising, planning, operational and administrative functions during my professional career. Diverse experiences in life have taught me to adapt quickly to new environments and different management styles.

I enjoy being a part of a dynamic and goal-orientated team with a winning attitude. I use the above-mentioned skills on a daily basis to support and add value to the TowerStone team.

I believe that being a woman in today’s society is a huge responsibility and requires acting in a way that inspires other young women. I have realised that my identity is not about where I come from, but where I am heading.

What inspires me daily is Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Although I have worked in several sectors including retail, financial and non-profit, the positions I have held have always had an element of writing to them. Having been an avid reader since a young age, language and communications have always been aspects which I have been interested in.

At TowerStone, I am able to put my writing and editing skills into practice full time to help ensure that all of our material is of only the highest standard. Being somewhat of a perfectionist certainly helps with this!

I strongly believe in the TowerStone offerings and that we can make a big difference in the lives of many through our interventions which aim to inspire brand ambassadorship. I enjoy being part of the wonderful TowerStone team and helping to inspire people to bring their hands, minds and hearts to work.

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After completing my degree in Office Management & Technology, I started working with Johnny Johnson, who is the TowerStone brand and communication strategist.

I assist the development of brand and communications strategies and their activation. My purpose in the team is to ensure there is order, coordination and communication.

I’m passionate about using technology to facilitate my work. I also help inform strategic planning through desk research and the analysis of primary research. I am responsible for preparing persuasive presentations.

 

I love spending time enjoying nature and having fun with family and friends.

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As a child, nothing captured my imagination so much as the inner workings of complex systems – from alarm clocks to television sets to the chemical reactions that formed the basis of MSc research, funded by Sasol, AECI and the petrochemical firms.

During my varsity years, my interest shifted to culture and questions of meaning and purpose across the racial divides imposed on South Africa.  My curiosity saw me enrol in Xhosa studies, driven by the belief that one can only really connect with others in their mother tongue. I had great fun matching my twin interests as I taught conversational Xhosa to CSIR scientists.

Then my curiosity turned into a career as I led multi-disciplinary teams from different cultures on a range of projects from technology to hospitality.  During an MBA in 2002, I explored the idea of building sustainable teams and then went on to test my thinking in a leading a series of entrepreneurial ventures from ecotourism to software development.

At TowerStone, I have become increasingly convinced that leadership is not so much about having good answers as it is about asking good questions. In my current role, these questions focus on the connection between leadership development and business impact – what would you like to be able to say about yourself as a leader 18 months from now that you cannot say today, and how will this shift contribute to business growth?

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I enjoy working in a high performance environment. Being surrounded by a passionate and supportive team energises and inspires me.

I am responsible for running the operations at TowerStone Leadership Centre.

This business has taught me that an aligned culture allows for behaviours that form important cornerstones of any organisation.  Sustainability of any business will be ensured as long as the behaviours support the values of the organisation.

I have a passion for children and their development. I believe that children should be shaped and nurtured from an early age on so that they can reach their full potential and not be limited by their thinking.

I am motivated by Ghandi’s quote: “Be the change that you want to see in the world”

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Being part of a dynamic team of motivated people who have clear goals and aspirations has really affirmed my belief that I am on the right bus. I can contribute to making a real difference in people’s lives. This is closely aligned to my life purpose, namely: “To use my determination, empathy and skills to address others’ needs and exceed their expectations.”

Every day, I am in a position where I can be of service to others, assisting them in developing their businesses and realising their potential. This serves their purpose and mine. Our success is mirrored by the success of those we serve, knowing I have played some part in that makes me feel fulfilled.

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have lived in a few places, namely Zimbabwe, Swaziland, East London, Queenstown and now Cape Town. As a result, I’ve learnt to deal with different kinds of people and diverse cultures.

My career began at the Credit Bureau, and later changed to banking, quantity surveying and the corporate industry. All this significantly contributed to my experience.

When I joined TowerStone, I was immediately inspired by the passion and dedication to empower and bring out the best in everyone.

I’ve learnt that everyone in life has a story to tell and the will to succeed. Although not everyone’s definition of success is necessarily the same, we all still have it within us to achieve it.

Words that I will always live by are “How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great”.

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I started off my career as a graphic designer in the printing industry where I became a production leader and a cost estimator.

My role at TowerStone is that of creative designer which includes assisting with the development of brand strategies by providing creative input with an emphasis on brand architecture, brand expression and designing and activating new as well as evolved brand identities.

Being part of the dynamic TowerStone team is a privilege. TowerStone empowers leaders to find fulfilment in the work place. What I love about TowerStone is that before it empowers leaders to find fulfilment in the work place, it empowers its team first, which makes it a growing organisation with an inspired, confident and engaged team.

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have always known that I wanted to be in a space where I can help individuals grow and develop their potential. Growing up, the obvious choice for me was to become a teacher. However, having studied Marketing and Business management I started my career in sales.

I was fortunate to work within a non-profit organisation, managing projects with a variety of clients in different industries. It was during this time in my career, that I found facilitation of intervention programmes to be a great tool in making a difference in people as they journey through life. I spent 11 years delivering skills development programmes, managing community projects and facilitating intervention programmes in the workplace.

I find fulfilment working at TowerStone knowing that what we do makes a difference in helping individuals find fulfilment in their workplace. My passion is people – awakening vision and instilling hope; playing a part in a person’s journey of growth is the joy I derive from the work we do.

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Before finding myself in the brand and communications game I completed a BA degree in Philosophy and Sociology and went on to do a post-graduate diploma in enterprise management – a rewarding marriage of abstract thinking and practical skill. I am a passionate outdoorsman, and it was as a sponsored whitewater kayaker that I came to appreciate what it means to be a brand ambassador.

Working at TowerStone is fulfilling for me because it is a company that embraces both stability and creativity. It allows me both the privilege of learning from experts in the field, and the excitement of being encouraged to innovate.

Working in branding is the professional expression of my personal interest in people: how they think, what they respond to and what makes them happy.

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The journey that led me to leadership development began with my role in the academic world as Director of Student Affairs and lecturer where developing and implementing mentoring systems was a key area of interest. The impact of these relationships on developing potential and performance led me to pursue my coaching education and practice.

With a Master’s Degree in the human sciences from Stellenbosch University, a Higher Diploma in Practitioner Coaching from The Coaching Centre, and 15 years’ experience in education and leadership development, I am dedicated in my journey with individuals and organisations toward transformational and transactional excellence.

TowerStone provides a place where I can dedicate my career ambitions in service of developing potential and enhancing performance. In my role as Academic Head, this focus is expressed through the design, development and promotion of quality processes and systems, and in supporting the developmental feedback required for continuous improvement.

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From carefully hitting the keys on my aunt’s typewriter when I was young, to the fluster of writing, editing and proofreading that make up my current reality – the written word has always been my passion.

I started out on the wobbly legs of a BA degree in Languages and Literature, but I had much to learn when launching my career in the private business sector. The experience I gained taught me to approach challenges with confidence and to continually adapt to new circumstances. It also gave me the opportunity to further develop and diversify my language skills by working on a wide range of projects from marketing material to business correspondence and proposals.

Upon joining TowerStone, I found it to be a company alive with personality and possibilities. It is a daily privilege to be involved in creating content that does more than scratch the surface – content that inspires real change. I count myself fortunate to be part of a team that is passionate about making a difference and passionate about supporting each other to get there.

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“Find your passion, make money from your passion, and you’ll never work for a day in your life.” – Oprah Winfrey

This is how I feel about my job as a facilitator and coach. I love my job and I love working with people. I am passionate about seeing people grow, move from point A to B, add value to their organisations, and live a life of purpose and fulfillment.

What excites me about working at TowerStone and with our clients who believe in this powerful culture of people and profit, is our belief that the fulfillment of business ambition begins with people being fulfilled at work irrespective of the industry.

Prior to joining TowerStone, I did facilitation and coaching work for eight years.

I am thankful that I have found my career purpose in life. I am fulfilled.

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TowerStone provides the perfect platform to guide organisations to achieve fulfilment in the workplace. Being passionate about contributing towards the development of others and myself is what attracted me to TowerStone.

I come from a disadvantaged background and thus appreciate all fine aspects of life. Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy once said “If you are only good to those who are good to you, then what good are you”. This serves as a great reminder to remain humble and just at all times.

After graduating with a B. Comm Financial Management degree in March 2015, I had a desire to lead an organisation towards financial success. Joining TowerStone in 2017 has allowed me to embark on my dreams as being the Financial Manager and contributing towards the betterment of individuals at various organisations. I see TowerStone as an extended family which I am honoured to be working with and continue to grow with the company.

I am fulfilled.

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