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  • Business, Leadership and Career Coaching | The BLCC

    WELCOME to Our Story Get to Know Us At The Business + Leadership Coaching Company, we are all about growing the overlap, that space where the left + the right, the logical + the emotional, the structured + the organic, the business + the people find commonality, that space where courage, creativity, connectedness flows, where growth happens, where potential emerges. It's in this overlap that we love to work with you as a business owner, a business leader, an individual employed in a business, or an individual making the transition within a business or into their own business. More Info Our Services Business Coaching + Mentoring with The BLCC In our mission to support individuals who need help navigating their professional journeys, we have identified that solopreneurs and limited partnerships in the SMME space, tend to have well-developed technical skills and a serviceable market but often have not yet acquired the knowledge and experience needed to setup and sustainably manage and operate their businesses. To assist, we offer a mix of business coaching and consulting. In the coaching space, we act as a sounding board and problem-solving partner, where this level of business and operational support is not available to them within their businesses. In the consulting space, where required, some of our clients need help in the execution of their strategies and then we step-in to a more operational role and assist with the setup, operationalising and enabling of their organisations in whatever area they need support on. The scope of the business coaching and consulting is quite wide, which is how we like it, so that we can be the supportive “partner” that our clients require at whatever stage they are, in their journey: startup – maintenance – growth. More Info Career + Leadership Coaching + Mentoring with The BLCC The technical competencies that get us to where we are, are not the competencies that make us success. Our coaching and mentoring in 1:1 and group formats, recognizes this and focuses on the development of the value chain of soft skills that position professionals to show up as strong self-leaders and managers so that ultimately they become strong leaders and managers of others. We focus on the behaviours that become derailers to our clients success. These behaviours relate to: intrapersonal and self-awareness (what am I competent at and for, how do I show up in a way that either helps me or hinders me, what behaviors do I have that have the potential to derail me now, tomorrow or future), interpersonal (how do I position my brand and expertise within my network to ensure I am known for the problems I solve, and how do I communicate in a way that connects with my listener and enables their understanding and my ability to influence, and sustaining (my mindset, my relevance, my self-care and my personal board of directors). This is all packaged in a way that supports our clients in moving from working in the busyness of their jobs to working on the business of their careers. More Info Secure Your Spot in Upcoming Events Thu, 30 May Positioning your expertise on LinkedIn / Zoom Membership Offer Secure your seat 30 May 2024, 18:00 – 20:00 Zoom +1 more LinkedIn is the equivalent of a 24/7/365 online conference where there are no limits on you on how many times you take to the stage as a keynote speaker. Join this workshop and learn how to position your expertise in your network using LinkedIn as your platform. Tue, 11 Jun Write the CV that gets you into the interview / Zoom Membership Offer Secure your seat 11 Jun 2024, 18:00 – 20:00 Zoom If your CV is't getting you into the interview, it's not doing its job correctly. These days knowing who reads your CV, what they look for & why your CV doesn't make it to their inbox even if you're possibly the best candidate, is the difference between getting to an interview & getting exhausted. Tue, 09 Jul Leverage your thinking preferences for better decisions and relationships / Online Membership Offer Details 09 Jul 2024, 18:00 – 20:00 Online +2 more We make sense of the world using frameworks that our brains develop early in life. Everything we do, how we make decisions, build relationships, communicate, manage, lead, & how we connect with, or disconnect from people around us. Leverage your thinking preferences for better influence & impact. You don't build a business. You build people, and people build the business. - Zig Ziglar

  • FAQs | The BLCC

    What is coaching? Coaching provides the opportunity to individuals to: develop and enhance their skills and abilities identify, acknowledge and shift away from limiting beliefs and derailing behaviors identify and discover new ways of doing things take action through the development of SMART action plans be held accountable for taking action by the coach In coaching, a core belief is that the answer lies within the coachee and that the role of the coach is to: ask powerful questions to help the coachee develop their thinking help the coachee develop insights and awareness hold a space for the coachee to be honest and open hold the coachee accountable for taking action You are invited to read the following blogs for further information on What to expect from coaching and 6 things that coaching is.... and 4 that it isn't What it the difference between coaching, mentoring, training and consulting?" Coaching is different to mentoring and consulting in that the coach is not there to provide the answers, but rather facilitate a process in which the coachee arrives at the answers for themselves. Further, coaching is different to counseling and therapy in that coaching is action oriented and forward looking as opposed to reflective and concerned with the past. My blog on what coaching is and isn't elaborates further. What factors will make my coaching programme a success? The success of coaching is largely linked to how coachable a coachee proves to be. Coachability is a function of the following: level of engagement of the coachee level of awareness of the coachee willingness of the coachee to try new approaches willingness of the coachee to ask for help from stakeholders willingness of the coachee to commit to and implement an action plan. If you are willing to be brave, curious, vulnerable, honest, if you want to invest in your self development and self leadership then let me know - I would love to work with you! Your responsibility is to be courageous in your self reflection, be open to generating ideas and alternatives, be curious about seeing things from different perspectives, be honest in reflecting on your development areas, implement the agreed actions, and report on your progress. How many sessions do I need? Coaching works optimally on the basis of sessions spaced at regular intervals over the course of a few weeks or months – generally starting once a week and potentially reducing to once every two weeks or even once a month (depending on your goals, availability and budget). I recommend committing to a minimum of 3 to 6 sessions to start with. The reason for this is that between sessions it gives you time to really reflect on our discussions, as well as start implementing actions that we have identified. All sessions are 50 – 60 minutes. Please take a look at my coaching packages for more information and pricing. If you would like to book a free discovery call to explore working with me we can discuss coaching packages and options in that call. How does your coaching process work? I coach on issues of a personal nature affecting my coachee’s ability to perform at work, issues with other people including professional relationships, communication, leadership and management, and on business issues associated with the coachee’s mindset around managing herself and her career as a business. I use various modalities and tools to develop the coachee’s awareness and insight and support them in achieving their goals, including: the Competency Model to map and create insights and awareness around behaviour, experience, ability/aptitude, knowledge and skills with a view to developing a concrete personal development and learning plan, the Learning Model which looks at positioning with regards to competence and development needs and creates awareness around the journey from unconscious incompetence to mastery of competence), discussions around the coachee’s Career Canvas to map out their value chain (including personal behaviours, stakeholder management, remaining relevant, developing a CEO mindset, self-care and resilience, effective communication, personal brand and thought leadership), identify areas for development and a roadmap to achieve these development goals, the Leadership Pipeline and associated transition points, behavioural challenges and competencies requiring development, facilitation of the coachee’s Stakeholder Analysis to identify and define the actions required to deliver value to these stakeholders, build relationships and develop a strong professional network, Framing and Perspective Taking to create awareness about other points of view on a situation. Each session is a combination of directional and non-directional coaching methodologies. The overall objective is action-oriented with “between session” work assigned to the coachee for completion by the next session. The first session focusses on establishing the coaching agreement with the coachee, developing rapport and identifying the goals and desired outcomes for the coaching assignment. (If the coaching assignment is being sponsored by an employer, this is session is typically 1.5 hours and concludes with a brief report to the sponsor. The sponsor’s participation in the first session is optional but highly recommended - at minimum a formal briefing discussion may be required ahead of the first session to determine desired outcomes for the coachee). The final session of the coaching assignment reviews progress towards the overall desired outcomes the development of a report to the sponsor on the overall assignment. How do we meet for sessions? I am based in Johannesburg, South Africa and work comfortably with all my clients online using Zoom as a platform for sessions. I work with clients in time zones up to three hours ahead and 7 hours behind Central Africa Time. If you are based in Johannesburg and prefer to meeting in person within 15km of the Norwood area, that can be arranged (additional fees may apply) – but with traffic, social distancing and the availability of technology, we really don’t need to meet in person – and I assure you, I have experienced clients being far more comfortable online than they are face to face in the same room. What can I expect in my first coaching session? Essentially you can expect a conversation in which I ask you a lot of questions to understand more about you, and extract some of the headline issues that you want to address in your coaching sessions. You are welcome to ask me questions too. The objectives of this first session are for both of us to: get to know each other consider the concept of coaching and what it is and isn’t discuss the roles and responsibilities of the coach and the coachee establish how we will work together including develop clarity on the coaching style that will best suit you get a sense of where you are now and what has brought you to coaching explore your goals and desired outcomes from coaching - long term, medium term and short term set priority areas for coaching talk about the overall coaching process and way forward and ultimately set the foundation of a coaching relationship based on trust, respect, honesty and curiosity. We might even enjoy the conversation and have a bit of a laugh! How do I prepare for my first session? One of the first questions I am going to ask you is what outcome you wnat to get from coaching, so perhaps reflect on that a little before our first session. Aside from that, make sure you have a decent wifi connection (if we are meeting online which is pretty likely), a quiet private place to sit, something to drink, a pen and paper and an open curious mind. Do you use any assessment tools? I work with the Neethling Brain Instruments Thinking Preference Assessments to assist my clients in developing further insight into how their natural thinking preferences show up in their behaviours, and how these may be interpreted by people with different thinking preferences. The value of these assessments is that they give insight into how to communicate, manage, engage and lead using all a whole brain approach rather than limiting one’s thinking to a dominant preference - with the impact being improved influence and impact. This assessment is offered free with any package of 3 or more coaching sessions purchased upfront. You can find more informaiton here about the Neethling Brain Instruments Thinking Preference Assessment. For absolute clarity, it is an online asessment - I promise it's not scary and there is no wiring attached to your brain via an instrument ;-) What is the NBI thinking preference assessment? As a certified NBI Practitioner (SA010-1579) I am able to offer my clients the opportunity to learn more about their preferred way of thinking, making decisions, communicating, leading, managing and relating to others. The NBI® is a 30-question diagnostic survey that indicates and individual’s personal thinking preferences. The benefits of understanding one’s thinking preferences include: greater insight into the way you prefer to think and an awareness around contexts that support your thinking preferences, and contexts where alternative approaches to thinking may need to be developed increased awareness of, sensitivity to, and respect for the thinking preferences of others development of skills around adopting the thinking preferences of others in order to communicate with them in their own “language” insights into your preferences in relationships in the workplace, insights into your own and your colleagues’ unique preferences and how these impact on work relationships greater understanding, tolerance, and curiosity, instead of frustration, judgement and criticism opportunity for better relationships, more dynamic contributions in a team context, and sound and relevant decision making Each individual profile is a descriptive, non-judgmental analysis, with no profile being better or worse than another. Instead, the profile gives a description of an individual’s thought preferences, and recommendations are made based on those preferences. The NBI thinking preference assessments are particularly useful as a developmental tool for individuals and teams as they identify areas of team strength, areas of team development potential, and they help to clarify where teams may be skewed towards or away from a particular way of thinking which may have a negative impact on decision making. What is the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths am also able to offer the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths assessment which has been designed by researchers in the field of positive psychology, to identify an individual’s profile of character strengths. This tool is valuable in helping coaches to identify their own positive strengths and learn how to capitalise on them. Equally it opens up conversation around how each strength has the potential to be overplayed or underplayed, with negative results, depending on context and the individual’s state of mind. An awareness of overplaying and underplaying strengths can provide great insight into how to leverage one’s strengths appropriately in different contexts. How does your CV and LinkedIn writing process work? My CV writing process is interactive and includes the following steps once we have contracted with each other: You send me your CV and LinkedIn URL along with the details of any specific jobs you are applying for I do an initial cull of your CV to distil the key information in your CV that responds directly to the positions you are interested in and identify where elaboration and key information is required We schedule an initial coaching session of one to two hours (either face to face or online) to probe how you specifically are seeking to be positioned and draw out your relevant competencies, achievements and potential capabilities and fill in the gaps identified in the initial cull. I prepare a second draft of your CV for your detailed review and comment. We can meet online to discuss the second draft. Once you are comfortable with the second draft, I then focus on your LinkedIn profile (if you have chosen this option) and work through ensuring that your profile has all the relevant key words that could come up in searches. I also reword the text of your CV to make it conversational and appropriate to the LinkedIn community. Once you have reviewed the draft text and signed off, I upload that text to your LinkedIn profile on your behalf, and make the necessary tweaks to your profile to optimise it. The final step is to take you through the key principles of how to optimise your LinkedIn strategy and recommendations on specific actions you could consider taking to increase your profile and presence on LinkedIn. Please take a look at my CV and LinkedIn packages which include everything from a guided DIY do it with you package to the complete done for you package. What other objectives are there for a CV besides applying for a job? To make sure that you get what you need out of your CV, I need to have a clear idea of your specific objective for developing/rewriting your CV and LinkedIn profile. There are several different reasons for updating a CV and each reason can have its own specific nuances in terms of how the CV is prepared so understanding which of the following reasons would give me good guidance: to submit for a job application that you have already identified, to use in proposals and tenders and other company marketing, to present yourself as an expert for speaking engagements/conferences etc, in response to a nomination for something (an award etc), just in case / to be ready for unknown opportunities and/or threats How long does it take to complete my CV and/or LinkedIn profile? On average the turnaround from start of assignment to completion is around 3-4 weeks. It can be faster. It can also be a lot slower. It all depends on the complexity of your specific CV rewrite, the time it takes to get comments and sign off back from you and other CV writing commitments that I am working on in parallel. What are your qualifications and professional memberships? Coaching qualifications 2021, Credentialed Master Practitioner, COMENSA 2021, Foundations in Organisational Relationship Systems Coaching, CRR 2020, International Multiple Brain Integration Techniques Coach, Neurocoach 2017, Certified Neethling Brain Instrument Practitioner (SA010-1579), Solutionsfinding Pty Ltd 2016, Certificate in Business Coaching, SA Business Coaches Other qualifications 2019, Women in Leadership online short course, Stellenbosch Business School USB-ED in collaboration with GetSmarter. 2017, Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization online short course, University of Pennsylvania / Coursera 2007, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science 2001, Certificate in Business Project Management, University of the Witwatersrand Business School 1998, MPhil Environmental Management, UCT 1996, BSc Town and Regional Planning, WITS Professional Affiliations Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA), Credentialed Master Practitioner, No 4238 Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA), Mentoring Lead Prior to moving into coaching, I worked in the mining industry for almost 20 years providing consulting advice on environmental and social risk management to mining clients in South Africa, as well as across sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Do you work with people outside of STEM professions? I adore working with people who are passionate about tech, and particularly those in STEM careers, however I have worked with a wide field of clients in diverse areas, and am always open to exploring coaching relationships with people from diverse backgrounds. Read more about my coaching packages. Where are you based? I am based in Johannesburg, South Africa and work comfortably with all my clients online using Zoom or Skype as a platform for sessions. I work with clients in time zones up to three hours ahead and 7 hours behind Central Africa Time. If you are based in Johannesburg and prefer to meeting in person within 15km of the Bryanston area, that can be arranged (additional fees may apply) – but with traffic, social distancing and the availability of technology, we really don’t need to meet in person – and I assure you, I have experienced clients being far more comfortable online than they are face to face in the same room. Do you only work with people in South Africa? No, not at all. While many of my clients are in South Africa, a lot of them are note. I work with clients in time zones up to three hours ahead and 7 hours behind Central Africa Time.In fact over the last 4 years I have successfully worked with people in the following countries outside of South Africa: Zambia Chad Mauritius Rwanda Italy Germany United Kingdom Switzerland United States of America. None of these FAQs answered my question, how do I get in contact?" I am looking forward to your question so that I can develop it into a new FAQ. In the meantime you are welcome to contact me via my contact form or on Telegram. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Assessments | The BLCC

    Thinking Preference Assessments Improve your communication, management and leadership capabilities by understanding your thinking preferences and learning to activate your whole brain using the Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI®) In every role in your life, you are a salesperson trying to get someone else to "buy in" to your idea: as a parent as a colleague as a partner as a boss as an entrepreneur Your thinking preferences closely influence your behaviours - the way you communicate, the way you negotiate, the way you manage, lead and relate to others. When you have that experience of not being heard, of being unseen and feeling ineffective, sometimes it can be attributed to your behaviours. Whole brain thinking enables you to speak the language of your listener and make a connection. If you want to connect and be understood, you have to be willing to visit other areas of your brain! ​ In the right context and with the right tools anyone can excel. The (NBI®) thinking preference assessments, coupled with coaching, help you to: identify your preferred way of thinking access your whole brain give you clues to other peoples thinking preferences make a choice to access your whole brain for better communication, better connection, better leadership and better management bring whole brain skills to bear when situationally relevant consider how you may be perceived or experienced by people that are different to you look at the world from the perspective of others connect through the language of the other​ ​ As a certified NBI Practitioner (Certification Number SA010-1579), I help you delve below the behaviours that you see every day and understand the underlying intentions that we often misunderstand because we interpret behaviours through our own lenses. The impact for you is enhanced skills in communicating, engaging, influencing and decision making. ​ ​ ​ Download more information about the NBI thinking preference assessments Learn more about the NBI thinking preference assessments when you download this PDF document Download more information Book a thinking preferences insights session (incl assessment and online course) No plans available Once there are plans available for purchase, you’ll see them here. Explore the language of your listener in my online course includes: thinking preference assessment 50 minutes of video content Go to online course

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  • Unveiling The BLCC: From Briony Liber Coaching & Consulting to The Business & Leadership Coaching Company

    After 8 years in business, and with a purposeful focus on meeting the needs of my individual clients, I'm thrilled to announce that Briony Liber Coaching and Consulting is leaping into the next stage and expanding to meet the needs of business clients as well. For a long time now I've been looking to build more capacity into my business because I have a bold, heartfelt and generative goal that includes coaching and mentoring 1 million+ young leaders over the next 25 years to ensure that this world is filled with conscious, courageous and compassionate leaders. It's taken me a while to admit I can't do this alone, it's taken me longer to find a business partner that I'm willing to scale up with. In December 2023 I wrote a blog about the uncomfortable truth that what got me to where I am in business, is not what will get me to the next level of business. It was the catalyst for the realisation that if I want to make the impact that I truly want to make, I can't keep doing what I've been doing (ie working alone in a predominantly right brain fashion, making an impact but not making it efficiently). Read: What got me here won't get me there The strategy consultant that I referred to in the blog is Michael Kruger and I'm happy to finally say, Briony Liber Coaching and Consulting (BLCC) is evolving, and together with Michael Kruger, The Business & Leadership Coaching Company (The BLCC) has emerged. With positive change comes a new name and a host of new offerings to serve our individual and corporate clients better. Introducing The Business & Leadership Coaching Company (The BLCC) In the ever-dynamic journey of professional and business growth, we at The BLCC recognise the inherent challenges that can make the path seem daunting or even impossible.  The genesis of The BLCC arose from a profound understanding that professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs often face uncertainty without the guidance they need and deserve.  Navigating the intricate landscape of professional life can be intimidating, especially when the unknowns outnumber the certainties. Fuelled by an unwavering commitment to be a beacon of support, The BLCC, which represents the merging of forces of its Principals Briony Liber & Michael Kruger was founded with a resolute goal: to empower professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs who possess untapped potential but lack the necessary knowledge, experience and support to unlock it. We passionately believe that there is always more that can be achieved, and it is our calling and desire to provide the coaching, mentoring, consulting and training needed to turn aspirations into reality. Within the corporate and entrepreneurial realms, The BLCC stands as a sanctuary for those who yearn to accomplish more, but find themselves at a crossroads.  We have created a space where professionals and visionaries can discover the mentorship and coaching they crave, offering a transformative journey toward realising their full potential. In the vast landscape of professional endeavours, let The BLCC be your guiding light, illuminating the path to success and fulfilment. Together, we embark on a journey of introspection, self-discovery and empowerment, unlocking possibilities, and sculpting a future where aspirations are not just envisioned, but brought to life. We invite you to engage with us to learn more, and discover how The Business & Leadership Coaching Company can support you or your organisation in acquiring the skills and direction needed for continuous improvement and success. Warm regards Briony and Michael PS watch this space as the website, branding and our offerings evolve fully into the identity of The Business and Leadership Coaching Company (The BLCC)

  • What Got Me Here Won't Get Me There: Navigating Uncomfortable Truths for Business (& Career) Growth

    For a while now I've been contemplating the evolution and growth of my business and leadership coaching offerings and recently took a bold step that challenged not only my comfort zone but also the foundation of my business vision. I asked a friend who specialises in strategy and gearing businesses for optimal delivery to facilitate a strategy session for my business. Little did I know that this process would reveal some uncomfortable truths, mirroring the advice I often give my clients – that what got me here won't necessarily get me there (and to be clear, what got me here is doing everything by myself because delegation scares me... sound familiar anyone?). Comfort zones and career evolution During my strategy session, the reality surfaced: my vision for the business closely mirrored my current activities. The role I aspired to take was essentially the one I was already delivering on effectively, but it's also the role that is keeping me stuck at a certain level in my business. My vision was to stay in my comfort zone doing what I'm already doing. It was a wake-up call to self - growth demands stepping out of my comfort zone - something I'm very good at coaching my clients on, but not so good at doing myself. Perhaps that's not quite true. When I was reflecting on the session later that day I realised I need to celebrate the fact that where I thought I wanted to take my business next year, is actually somewhere that I took it this year. I've been out of my comfort zone this year in many ways and actually taken my business a lot further than I had realised! I reflected on how I consistently guide my clients to recognise that their past strategies may not ensure future success. Holding onto what's comfortable and known, can hinder the very progress we seek. It necessitates a shift in perspective – from clinging to the safety of being competent in what's familiar, to embracing the uncertainties that accompany change and growth. Elevating my business (and your career): delegation, scaling, and leadership As I aspire to take my business to the next level, the uncomfortable truths intensify. Growth demands that I transcend being merely a practitioner in my business to take on leadership and management responsibilities in my business - to start delivering through others. It requires delegation, the possibility of bringing on a partner, definitely bringing in someone to delegate all the "urgent, not important" tasks that don't require my skillset, and investing time and effort into scaling my content by training and empowering others to deliver some of it for me. If I want my business to grow and sustain the life that I aspire to lead, I have no choice but to transition from working IN my business to working ON my business – a paradigm shift that is both exciting and daunting. In the realm of career development, the parallel is striking. Just as I need to manage and lead in my business, professionals need to invest in skills beyond their immediate technical roles. The further you grow in your career the more important it becomes to acquire leadership and management abilities, influence and inspire teams, deliver company objectives through others and oversee the broader aspects of your career value chain. Success demands evolving beyond the comfort of routine tasks into a realm of strategic thinking, building relationships, remaining relevant to others, positioning your expertise and leading and managing others - impossible to achieve if you are perpetually tapping away at tasks that are in your comfort zone rather than regularly getting out there and actively working on the longer term (and perhaps scarier) aspects of your career. Fear of being powerful and transformation "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." - Marianne Williamson Marianne Williamson's quote resonates profoundly for me. Recognising my own potential to make a meaningful impact in my industry is exhilarating yet unnerving. The fear lies in the realisation that sustaining this impact demands a seismic shift in my own mindset. To lead a thriving business, I must shed old habits and adopt new behaviours - including letting go of doing everything and sharing the load with a potential partner and delegating to possible employees. Similarly, professionals advancing in their careers grapple with the fear of acknowledging their potential. Embracing leadership roles requires shedding the comfortable cocoon of established habits and stepping into the unknown. It's an uncomfortable but necessary transformation – from being an individual contributor to being a leader who influences and inspires (and in the process has the ability to make a much more powerful impact). Value proposition and relevance There are so many people these days competing for so few opportunities, that each person needs to stand out from the crowd, and each person needs to add value. But what is value? As the saying goes "Value is in the eye of the beholder". In your career, the "beholder" is your future employer, your current employer, the project manager in the next department, your colleagues, a connection on LinkedIn. In essence the beholder is anyone that might ever consider giving you work, working with you, employing you, being an ambassador for your brand. A business is nothing without customers who want to buy from it. A career is nothing without colleagues and employers that are willing to work with you. When last did you ask any of your colleagues what is of value to them and what problems they need you to solve so that you remain relevant to them? Before delving further into my business strategy, I need to ask my clients and potential customers a similar question. What problems are you experiencing in your career or organisation that are getting in the way of your success? Which of your goals over the next 1 - 3 years might be hindered if these problems aren't solved? If you are reading this blog, I would really value you sending me an email answering the above questions! Conclusion In navigating the uncomfortable truths of business growth and personal development, the common thread is the necessity for change. What got us to this point may have been effective, but it won't guarantee success in the future. As I embark on transforming my business and myself, the process mirrors the journeys of countless professionals seeking to ascend in their careers. The uncomfortable truths – stepping out of comfort zones, embracing leadership, acknowledging our power, and staying relevant – are universal. It's a journey of self-discovery, learning, and adapting. While discomfort may be unsettling, it is the catalyst for growth, ensuring that what got us here won't hold us back from where we want to go. Join me in embracing the discomfort, navigate the truths, and forging ahead into a future of limitless possibilities. Ready to take your career to the next level? Work with us to position you as the expert your network needs to know about. In the process of working with us at Briony Liber Coaching and Consulting, you go through a journey of learning to leverage every aspect of your career value chain from examining the capabilities you need to develop to gracefully transition from where you are now to the natural next position in your career, redefining your internal narrative to ensure that your are response-able rather than unconsciously reactive, to developing yourself as the CEO of your career with a strong personal board of directors that support your every step. Your next career advancement is waiting for you – let's schedule a discovery session and discuss how we can work with you on optimising your career value chain, positioning your expertise, leveraging your network and fostering your conscious, curious, courageous, compassionate and connected leadership.

  • Craft a CV that Gets You to the Interview: 5 Rules for Success

    In today's competitive job market, your CV is your first impression, your chance to showcase your skills and experience, and ultimately, your ticket to an interview. A well-written CV can make you stand out from the crowd, while a poorly crafted one can land you in the rejection pile. In my recent work with scores of senior leaders and executives navigating career transitions, I've observed common challenges that hinder their ability to present themselves effectively on paper. Whether facing retrenchment, pursuing specific opportunities, or exploring new possibilities, your CV remains a crucial tool for opening doors. In this blog, we'll explore five rules that can elevate your CV-writing and increase your chances of being invited to an interview. Rule 1: Be Courageous - Highlight Your Achievements and Unique Capabilities Your CV is not the place to downplay your achievements or undersell your unique skill set. In my conversations with clients, a recurring theme emerges – a reluctance to be bold in showcasing their accomplishments. Many struggle to articulate their skill set, while others perceive their achievements as commonplace. Just because you do something every day, does not mean that everyone else does! To stand out, be courageous in highlighting your most impressive accomplishments and communicating what makes you unique. Remember, humility doesn't mean self-deprecation. Own your successes and make them shine on your CV. The CV writing process for my clients often serves as a reminder of forgotten achievements and overlooked strengths. Embrace the opportunity to rediscover and amplify your unique selling points. Rule 2: Be Deliberate - Tailor Your CV to Each Position Crafting a CV demands intentionality. Tailor your CV to the specific job you're applying for, avoiding the one-size-fits-all approach. Many busy professionals fall into the trap of creating generic CVs packed with excessive information, leaving the reader to decipher their relevance. Be deliberate in describing your impact, ensuring that each line contributes to the narrative of why you're the ideal candidate for the role. Discover the pitfalls of generic CVs and how tailoring your document to the job at hand can make you stand out in a sea of applicants. Rule 3: Be Connected - Align Your Skills with Company Needs It's your responsibility to demonstrate your relevance. Bridge the gap between your skills and the company's needs by demonstrating a profound understanding of the organization and the specific position. Go beyond simply listing your skills; show how they connect to the company's needs and challenges. Highlight instances where you've applied your expertise to achieve tangible results that align with the company's goals. A well-crafted CV should make it easy for the hiring manager to envision you in the role. Showcase how your experiences align with the company's requirements, reinforcing the connection between your values, accomplishments, and the organization's needs. Rule 4: Be Your Own Advocate - Position Yourself as an Expert Your CV is your personal marketing document. Don't shy away from positioning yourself as an expert in your field. Use your CV to advocate for yourself by presenting clear evidence of your impact, contribution, and tangible measurements of success. Just as businesses use stories and facts in their marketing materials, your CV should tell a compelling story backed by concrete evidence. Learn how to transform your achievements into compelling narratives that resonate with potential employers, showcasing your expertise and value. Rule 5: Be Concise - Focus on the Most Relevant Information Less is often more when it comes to CVs. Your document is your ticket to an interview, not an exhaustive autobiography. Focus on the most recent and relevant experiences, highlighting achievements from the past 15 years at most. A concise CV demonstrates your ability to communicate clearly, prioritize relevant information, and respect the reader's time. Delve into the art of crafting a concise CV that captures attention, communicates value efficiently, and showcases your most impactful experiences. Conclusion It's not hard to write a CV that will get you into an interview, especially if you have experience and made impressive contributions that differentiate you - and yet it's also incredibly hard to write this type of CV as it requires self advocacy. Based on discussion with my clients, that's what really competent people struggle with - the need for self promotion, when they believe their good work should speak for them and that they shouldn't have to. As a career and self-leadership coach, who regularly works with executives and senior leaders to confidently advocate for themselves, including through CV writing, my mission is to help you overcome the barriers of self-doubt and take ownership of the career opportunities that you are worthy of. By following these five rules, you can transform your CV into a powerful tool that opens doors and positions you as the expert your network needs to know. Ready to take your career to the next level? Work with us to position you as the expert your network needs to know about. In the process of working with us at Briony Liber Coaching and Consulting, you go through a journey of learning to leverage every aspect of your career value chain from examining the capabilities you need to develop to gracefully transition from where you are now to the natural next position in your career, redefining your internal narrative to ensure that your are response-able rather than unconsciously reactive, to developing yourself as the CEO of your career with a strong personal board of directors that support your every step. Your next career advancement is waiting for you – let's schedule a discovery session and discuss how we can work with you on optimising your career value chain, positioning your expertise, leveraging your network and crafting a marketing document, aka your CV, that gets you into the interview. What my clients say Briony Liber came to my aid. She changed my way of thinking and helped me change the way I viewed and approached my career. She not only helped me to revamp my CV and rebrand myself, but she also offered me career counselling, helping me to strengthen my confidence in myself and my abilities. She prepared me psychologically for the interview that would eventually lead me to one of my best career moves. Investing in Briony’s services is one of the best moves I have made. I would highly recommend her services. - Dr Adwoa Boaduo (PhD), Unit Manager: Safety, Goldfields.

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  • OYCVC 2024 Cohort 1 - Online sessions

    Included in Optimise Your Career Value Chain Mentoring Programme

  • OYCVC | 1:1 coaching

    Included in Optimise Your Career Value Chain Mentoring Programme

  • 60-minute coaching session

    A 60 minute coaching session can be booked either as a single session or as part of a coaching plan of 3, 6 or 10 sessions. If you are a new client and we have not yet had a complementary discovery session I encourage you to book that first so that we can explore your coaching needs. If you are on a coaching plan, the number of sessions you can book as part of that plan is dependent on the plan you are on, the status of your plan and the number of session you have already used.

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  • WIMSA Mentoring Course 2023

    Welcome to the 2023 WIMSA Mentoring Programme. This online course has been set up to take you through the mentoring programme step by step and to serve as a central repository for all information, documents etc. It supplements and complements the WhatsApp Group that has been established for communications and networking. New steps, tasks and documents will be added as we progress through the year together. The first steps in this programme will become available on 14 March 2023. Steps will be released on a drip system - in other words, while you will be able to see all the steps of the programme, you will only gain access to them on specified dates. This will help you to keep pace and manage your engagement with the programme. As we complete each of our sessions the recordings will be uploaded here for you to watch, catch up, and review. We expect you to complete each step in this online course to ensure that you remain up to date and get the maximum benefit from the WIMSA mentoring Programme. Enjoy the programme and get as much out of it as you possibly can - we hope this structure will support your learning journey!

  • Welcome | Tell your network that you're a mentee

    We are so excited to have you onboard as a WIMSA 2023 Mentee! If you are as excited as we are, we encourage you to download this image and post on LinkedIn (and your other social platforms) that you are now officially a WIMSA 2023 Mentee! When you post on LinkedIn, please tag and follow Women in Mining South Africa and Briony Liber Coaching And if you want to, also tag our programme sponsors: Northam Booysendal UMS Group Weir Minerals Tshepa Basadi Group AMIS

  • Welcome | Our sponsors

    Before we do anything further, we want to thank our sponsors and partners for helping us bring this programme to you this year. We are thrilled to be sponsored by: Northam Booysendal AMIS Weir Minerals UMS Group Tshepa Basadi This programme, and all activities of WIMSA are dependent on sponsorship and we are so grateful for the support we have received to expand this programme in 2022. In the course of this programme you will meet representatives from these sponsors - and some of you may be employees of our sponsors! In the meantime you can visit their websites to learn more about them.

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