[“Your Leadership role
You have played a critical role in the ELF context. The ELF’s have evolved over time, but we went through turbulent times. It was always great to have you on board to provide us with your objective views and feedback on the dynamics and behaviours that played out during sessions. You allowed for open and transparent feedback to members. It is also fact that RE’s or Chairs needed your input and feedback as to how to run the ELF or composition of agendas. One must also not forget what a wonderful contribution you have made in facilitating planning sessions during the year to determine strategic themes. You have singlehandedly planned many of these sessions and steered the members in the correct direction. Always allowed us to come to certain conclusions and decisions. Your role as facilitator was invaluable!
Leadership and Team Coaching
You have done an amazing job to assist us in Small Business and to help us to transform the business from being perceived as “small” to very meaningful and a critical segment within Business Markets. Your role to facilitate and implement change programs, and leadership initiatives is commendable. My Sales managers benefit today from these leadership principles to lead and develop our staff. We appreciate your authenticity, professionalism, and passion for people and to assist us to outperform the market.
WN | Regional Manager: Enterprise Business | Retail and Business Banking]
“I have met Adrian some seven years ago and got to know him quite well over this period of time. He was an OD specialist for the Absa Group based in the Western Cape. Adrian’s role, as I experience it at the Executive Leadership Forum, a meeting held monthly and attended by the senior leadership of Absa in the Western Cape, was to constantly assess and interpret the team behaviour. He would be highly effective at constantly making the links to the strategies and bigger Absa Group picture and would play a stunning role in guiding and coaching the meeting with respect to their specific objectives and respective roles and responsibilities. He always ensures that the accountability remains at individual level where it belongs. I have also used Adrian on a number of occasions during interventions with my own management team. Team behaviour and team dynamics were expertly guided and coached in an effort to improve team relationships and team spirit. The art of exposing those individuals not taking up their roles effectively, without direct confrontation is one that Adrian has truly mastered. These individuals would also be guided in understanding what was needed to change behaviours. Adrian demonstrated his skills on a number of occasions where it was expected of him to assist in aligning strategies and thinking of different business units. The underlying theme of change were once again managed and facilitated by Adrian he guided bigger groups of staff in understanding the benefits of working closer together in order to improve efficiencies with respect to customer experience. My most recent journey with Adrian was one of having him perform the role as my personal couch. Once again Adrian demonstrated that he truly mastered the skill of assisting, being at personal level or group level, in exposing those issues and obstacles that prevent one from performing at your maximum level and capacity. He will with great care and skill guide one’s thinking in exploring and identifying the appropriate actions to address these. His ability to pick up on incidents and topics and then use the storyline in highlighting the pertinent behavioural components and point out the consistency with which these occur is remarkable. He would create great top of mind awareness and provide great couching in providing the mechanisms that can be used to develop the those areas that inhibit performance. Adrian will be an asset to any institution he performs work for and truly demonstrated his skills as coach, mentor and facilitator to me at personal level.
LS - Provincial General Manager]
“I requested coaching from our HR department to assist me. I was then paired with Adrian. At the initial discussion I explained to Adrian that I feel I’ve reached my ceiling in terms of my career. I felt that I was dealing with the other areas of my life. I didn’t realise that the patterns of behaviour that affected my professional life were the exact same patterns that affected my personal life. When I explored and committed to making the best of the coaching, I was given the gift of improving all aspects of my life. I have gone from doing the things that I thought I needed to do, in a very hurried, disconnected and driven way to being the person that I always knew I was and wanted to be but just didn’t think I could or should be. I have an overwhelming feeling of peace of I’m where I should be. I have found a new career avenue that has given me everything that is important to me, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without Adrian. I also feel that my relationships and connections with people around me have grown in such a deep way – it’s overwhelming. I cannot thank Adrian enough for the wonderful insight, guidance, beautifully worded honest feedback. The support and encouragement and belief in me is profound. I’m embarking on a new part of my life and I’m so excited. Instead of a mid-life unravelling, I feel like a door has been opened to the most exciting part of my life – I can’t wait. Adrian saved my life in so many ways, and I think he knew it before I did. Adrian taught me to be kind to myself and that what I am is ok!
Thank you, Adrian.
AA – Manager]
[“Creating a “safe” environment and containing anxieties were masterfully facilitated by Adrian...”]