There’s nothing more inspiring than a smart, confident woman who’s creating a career and carving a path of excellence which not only benefits herself, but positively impacts those on converging paths.
Carly is one of those women. This PhD is a shining example of what’s possible when you find your calling and set an intention to fulfil that calling to your highest potential. And now she’s helping others do the same. It brings to mind that James Keller quote: “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”
As a lecturer, coach and organisational development consultant, I am passionate about translating the latest cutting-edge research and insights from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and organisational behaviour into practical strategies that facilitate personal, professional and organisational success.
Who’s your target market? and What problem of theirs do you solve?
I care deeply about developing and empowering the next generation of leaders, so lecturing is a big passion of mine. I currently lecture at the School of Business and Finance at the University of the Western Cape, and oCafinnate Academysionally facilitate leadership development programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School’s Executive Development Division. As a coach, my goal is to help leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs maximise their productivity, creativity, motivation and performance in the pursuit of meaningful goals. As an organisational development consultant, I work to create extraordinary workplaces where people can thrive.
What makes your product/service/business different?
I come from a strong research background, so the work that I do is always backed by science.
Why do you do what you do?
In order to reach our full potential, we need to understand how our brains work. This understanding is the one thing that differentiates highly successful people – they understand themselves and are able to harness the power of self-awareness to achieve high levels of creativity, productivity and achievement. Our scientific understanding of human potential is growing daily, and my primary goal in life is to translate these scientific findings (most notably from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and organisational behaviour) into practical strategies that people can use to promote personal and professional success. One area where I feel I can make the biggest impact is in organisations. Levels of employee engagement in organisations across the world are frighteningly low. This trend can be reversed by implementing evidence-based organisational development strategies informed by the science of human potential. My goal as an organisational development consultant and lecturer is to share these insights with leaders in organisations so that they are empowered to create extraordinary workplaces where people can thrive.
How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by connecting everything I do to my deepest values and my core purpose. Everything I choose to do, must be aligned with my set of core values.
What has been your biggest challenge as a business owner & how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge in my career has been trying to be too many things to too many people. I’ve learnt to overcome this by making sure that everything I choose to do and say “yes” to is aligned to my values and purpose in life. In order to do this I have had to learn the art of saying “no”. I hope to write a blog post about this soon – “How to say no without saying “no”
What advice would you give other business women, either starting out or already in business?
Give yourself permission to stop chasing perfection. The relentless pursuit of perfection sometimes limits our ability see the rich array of possibilities and opportunities around us.
What would you do differently if you could start your business again?
I would have put in the hard work to become clearer about what I value in life and what brings me meaning and fulfillment much earlier than I did. As working professionals, we need to regularly take the time to reflect on what is important to us and ensure that how we are spending our time is indeed aligned to what is most important to us. If any of your readers are struggling with this, I can highly recommend Danielle Laporte’s book “The Desire Map: Creating Goals with Soul.”
What’s next for you and your business? What’s your big dream/goal?
I hope to write a non-fiction book. I’ve started working on one but have a long way to go.
Why did you need a photo shoot?
Having a professional image of myself is important as it gives me confidence to promote what I do in a professional manner.
What was your expectation for the photo shoot?
I was very nervous beforehand. I am naturally quite camera shy, so I was extremely worried about looking stupid. I was also worried about having my make-up done. I have had my make-up done in the past, and it has never been a good experience. I appreciated Abigail’s advice about being honest with the make-up artist, so I was quite upfront about what I wanted. I love the way my make-up looked in the photo-shoot and learnt a lot about how to apply my make-up in the future.
What was your expectation for your images?
I wanted my images to reflect a relaxed, yet professional image. And I feel that this is exactly what I got!.