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Writing novels has been a lifelong dream, which is finally coming to fruition. I am currently completing my first full-length novel, due out in 2018.
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I have spent the majority of my 20-year career in the act of writing…translating complex business concepts into written tools that create clarity and value. This included four projects where I worked alongside an author to help them achieve their dream: sharing their expertise through books. Three of these projects are published and widely-read. I managed these from concept design through to publication on Amazon.com in print and Kindle formats.
In addition, I have written numerous magazine articles across a broad spectrum of publications and have been guest featured on national radio and television.
Collectively, over the last 14 years that I have been actively involved in education, I have produced over 600,000 words of outcomes-based education materials.
Topics include: self-awareness, personal development, entrepreneurship, team dynamics, management, leadership, governance and high-performance boards.
My focus is simple: quality, well-researched resources delivered through the practical development of the whole person.
Over the last 14 years I have been directly involved in education, mainly focused on self-awareness, personal development, entrepreneurship, team dynamics, management, leadership, governance and high-performance boards. Here is a synopsis of my experience:
Stage One: The Education Journey Begins
- In my IT consulting role, I established a centralised projects office and developed training materials for consultants on our methodology
- Was responsible for the training plan and provider selection for training
- Developed the conceptual design for a corporate college for a key client
Stage Two: From Corporate to Personal Development
- Co-founded an outcomes-based college and co-developed two diplomas and supporting courses, focused on personal development
- Trained over 400 students over a period of six years
- Over 400,000 words of education materials published and used by students
- Deployed class learning into an e-learning platform using a bespoke platform
- Trained facilitators nationally and internationally via webinar
- SAQA accredited assessor, supported Services SETA accreditation
Stage Three: Translation Back into Business
- Developed a three-year management and entrepreneur development programme, which I also facilitated
- Set up and managed the Moodle server
- Co-developed a global methodology for implementing high-performance boards in private companies, including ongoing training for directors and clients
- Developed an 11-month director development programme, combining video lessons, resources, Moodle and a core simulation process, which I currently facilitate
- Co-developed the Contribution Compass, a natural energy profiling methodology for building effective teams
- Contribution Compass included the development of a 5-month e-learning facilitator training programme (which I also currently facilitate) using webinars, videos, practical assignments, interactive YouTube learning, Moodle and competency assessments
Stage Four: Agile Teams and Businesses
I am certified in the Lego® Serious Play® method – a powerful facilitation approach to dig into what is really going on within an individual, team or company and bring this to the surface. This includes tapping into the great ideas buried in a team and resolving the real challenges that sabotage great success.
If you need support with education development and/or facilitation, then please do get in touch.
Purposeful and Purpose-Filled
Not satisfied with surface, I believe that purpose drives growth. If you want better results, on any level of life, clarify and deepen your ‘why’ and set your sights on making a meaningful difference.
Our lives are perfect bio-feedback loops. If you want to create change in your outer world, start on the inside. Self-awareness accelerates growth and makes your world a much more interesting place.
Be of Service
Service does not mean servitude. It means orientating your attention from inside-out to outside-in and making your daily activity focused on your high-impact contribution to the group.
The Social Field
We are all rooted in an open field of shared social activity. What impacts us the greatest often lies out of sight – buried in this social field. We need to dig deep and unearth the unknown, both challenges and great ideas.
We are all born with a core talent or dominant ability that we can use to make a meaningful contribution – this is called natural energy. It is the ‘sweet spot’ to most effectively fulfil your purpose.
You cannot manage change – it is not a process model. Rather, understand the specific nature of the change you are going through and master the personal development that the change is demanding of you.
There is one masterpiece, the hexagonal cell, that touches perfection. No living creature, not even man, has achieved, in the centre of his sphere, what the bee has achieved in her own: and were some one from another world to descend and ask of the earth the most perfect creation of the logic of life, we should needs have to offer the humble comb of honey.
Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life Of The Bee, 1924
Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) is an innovative, powerful and transformation facilitation methodology that uses Lego® bricks and a structured approach to activate the full potential of people, teams and organisations. LSP provides a safe and fun experiential process to unlock just about every challenge that could confront teams and the individuals who make or break those teams.
This web site provides more information on my LSP facilitation and opportunities to book workshops and one-on-one sessions using LSP. Includes access to regular blogs and podcasts.
I Ching Cafe
The I Ching (pronounced ee-ching) is an ancient Chinese philosophy that is incredibly relevant in this crazy world we live in. It teaches us how to master change and deal with our stuff. I have studied and taught the I Ching for over 16 years and am passionate about sharing this powerful tool.
The I Ching Cafe is a platform to learn more about the wonderful depth and relevance of the I Ching in a relaxed and practical way so that you can apply its value in your life, business and relationships. Includes monthly overviews and podcasts.
If you would like to engage with me in my natural habitat, feel free to follow Country Codex – my personal blog.
Here you can share in my experiments and misadventures in country living, cuisine and homegrown goodness.
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I am an accredited Partner for Contribution Compass and my first interaction with Belinda Doveston was her facilitation of my Contribution Compass accreditation training. As a facilitator, I found Belinda to be engaging, fun, structured and flexible. Belinda utilised Lego in her training as well as various other techniques to bring concepts to life and to create a platform for participants to really gain deep insights. Since then, I have experienced Belinda’s in-depth training on webinars and through online learning and can confidently recommend her as a facilitator and for her in-depth course development ability.
Belinda is an exceptionally valuable member of the Sirdar Global team. With core responsibility for the development of the Sirdar methodology and systems, Belinda has been a key part of our organisation’s growth and successful positioning as a global leader in this space.
My interactions with Belinda are intellectually simulating and challenging and she has always had candour in her approach to working with me.