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LYNN WITTEN
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"Self-awareness and commitment to development and learning impact on leadership ability and success”

Lynn was introduced to the benefits of using the coaching methodology when completing her masters dissertation in leadership. Her insights at an executive level of a large organisation have paved the way for her to understand, and relate to, the complexities, responsibilities and feelings of steering large corporates.

The coaching methodology employed by Lynn is one of facilitated discussion where the aim is to ensure that clients manage to become self generating, self correcting and self sustaining.

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing thyself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power” – Sun Tzu.

Lynn’s personal belief is that only by knowing oneself can ones true potential be reached. Her journey with coaching is one that assists others in reaching their true potential. True to her leadership style of “walking the talk”, coaching has assisted Lynn along her own personal journey of personal discovery as well as enabling her to reach new heights in her career. One of the key findings of Lynn’s dissertation in 2001 was that “Self-awareness and commitment to development and learning impact on leadership ability and success” . Lynn and her research partner interviewed a number of leaders (in all spheres of business) within South Africa. There was a commitment to development and self discovery, yet a feeling of loneliness at the top and Lynn believes that coaching assists in closing this gap. Her responsibility as a coach is one that holds up the mirror of self reflection, thus enabling the coachee to reflect on his/her structure of interpretation (view of the world).

Lynn is committed to coaching and to the further development of individuals. Having completed her Associate Coaching Course at the Centre for Coaching, Lynn is a member of the Centres’ association of coaches. During 2007 she was a mentor on the Metropolitan Mentoring programme for Women. She is also a member of the Women’s’ Business Association (recently a guest speaker at the Women of Substance Day) and the Black Management Forum. Lynn is also a member of COMENSA.

In July of 2007, Lynn left permanent employment to allow herself the freedom to pursue her coaching and consulting career. During 2009, she will be completing the Professional Coaching Course through the Centre for Coaching at UCT Graduate School of business. Lynn is also now an accredited Adfen e-scale practitioner. She is committed to her own journey of continued learning and personal discovery. This journey will further enhance her coaching offering.

Academic & Training

Adfen E-scale accreditation , Adfen International: 2009                                                     Professional Coaching Course (Centre for Coaching, Graduate School of Business, UCT): 2008-2009                                                                                                                                                   Associate Coaching Course (Centre for Coaching, Graduate School of Business, UCT): 2006
Coaching to Excellence (CTE) (Centre for Coaching, Graduate School of Business, UCT): 2002
Masters in Business Administration (MBA) (UCT): 2001
Focus:  Leadership, Human Resources and Entrepreneurship; Research Project on Leadership in South Africa