Coaching Experience / Speciality / Coaching Strengths
Geoff’s approach is to provide clients with a safe, discreet and empowering space in which he can serve the clients as an attentive listener, strategic partner, challenger and probing questioner, while acknowledging their power and potential. He supports them through asking powerful and creation-seeking questions. Geoff focuses on working with clients to reach the following objectives:
- Facilitating change and sourcing transformation
- Transforming breakdowns into breakthroughs
- Creating enthusiasm anywhere, anytime
- Creating their lives as a masterpiece
Geoff has coached and facilitated various individuals and groups who occupy very senior and executive positions in the academia, politics, government and the corporate world. He also devotes many hours of coaching and mentoring in the Mankind Project, an international organisation, which supports men through coaching to live with integrity and to be successful in what they do.
Geoff worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa as its Defence and Security Programme Manager. He was the Coordinator of the Military Research Group (an association of academics engaged with human security matters). He has also led a panel of International Experts in a Peacekeeping Study of Southern Africa in support of the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He has facilitated off-the-record conversations of all Middle Eastern Ambassadors to South Africa, and the Peace dialogue amongst major stakeholders in the KZN conflict. Post-1994, he was employed as an Intelligence Analyst with the new SA National Defence Force, having trained in this work during his time in Umkhonto we Sizwe. Geoff is one of three Directors of Change Partners (Pty) Ltd. He is also currently researching towards writing the political biography of Johnny Mfanafuthi Makhatini. Geoff has more than twenty years experience in supporting and guiding leaders and decision-makers in achieving the best outcomes, locally in South Africa and globally.
Education / Certification / Association
Geoff trained through the Consciousness Coaching Academy, majoring in Executive Coaching and Leadership Principles. He also trained in multi-stakeholder facilitation and negotiations with REOS Partners Inc. He is experienced in Shadow Work - a powerful Jungian model. He is an Associate with the Centre for Creative Leadership. He holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Strategic Studies through the University of Kiel, and a post-graduate certificate in International Relations and Diplomacy through the Histadrut in Tel Aviv. He did a Journalism certificate through the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism and is currently being trained as an Addiction Recovery Coach through Sharp Rehabilitation Centre. He is a member of ICF and COMENSA.
Geography / Language
Coaching services provided in English in all major business centres in South Africa and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.