In this Leadership Q&A I bring you an interview with Dr Lynn Pamensky. IMG-20141019-WA0003

Dr Lynn Pamensky is a practising clinical and organizational psychologist. She has more than thirty years of knowledgeable experience in business, education, community, medical, hospital and government sector consulting.

Lynn is the founder and director of TAGSA (Transformation Action Group South Africa) a human dynamics and training organization. She is a highly regarded broad-based empowerment and employment equity consultant, who is a respected authority on governance, people development and productivity. Lynn is also a Psychodynamic and Personal Transformation coach. She is a reputable business and political adviser. Lynn is well-known for her leadership, change management, diversity and mindfulness training. She is also highly regarded as a specialist in mentoring and coaching.

Lynn is a leader in the field of organizational and developmental change management strategies and transformational leadership. She is a skilled mediator and moderator who is a renowned dynamic motivational speaker. She specializes in personal, project team and technical management, with a focus on self- directed people and teams. She holds a PhD in Clinical, Organizational and Behavioural Psychology.

SM: One of the first things I learnt about change is that there is something called “resistance to change”. Why is it so difficult to change human behaviour? [Read more…]


19 Inspirational Quotes for the New Year

1) “It doesn’t matter where you came from. All that matters is where you are going.” -Brian Tracy

2) “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”- Tim Ferris

3) “You can develop any habit or thought or behavior that you consider desirable or necessary.” -Brian Tracy

4) “We become what we think about.” -Earl Nightingale

5) “A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.”- Brian Tracy

6) “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese Proverb [Read more…]


20 Tips To Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever

#1. Generosity beats scarcity in every situation.

#2. If you’re the most successful person in every room, find a new room.

#3. If you’re not up early, you’re sleeping too late.

#4. Epic performance has more to do with saying no than saying yes.

#5. Commit to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of your craft.

#6. Get fit so you can serve more people.

#7. Impact is a better measure of success than income. [Read more…]



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In this months’ Leadership Q&A I bring you an interview with the lovely Pat Senne, Founder and Owner of QueenPetal Boutique on the importance of dressing for success. She is also offering a R1500 QueenPetal voucher to a lucky AMPLIFY reader. For more details, keep on reading.

SM: Tell us a bit about yourself and how your career began?

PS: I’m a mother of two beautiful girls, Bontle and Busang, whom I love very much. We do many things together including praying for each other in turns. I am also a keen ballroom dancer and have now “settled” at the Arthur Murray studios in Bryanston. I trained as a Professional nurse but then studied part time with UNISA and graduated with a BA degree with Communications & Sociology. I have worked across a variety of industries from FMCG, pharmaceuticals and auto industries. I started as a sales rep working myself up to Brand Manager. Then I was a Director for 14 yrs sitting in three different boards. I then decided to venture into my own business; the QueenPetal boutique. [Read more…]


This One Tip Will Make You An Effective Leader

One of things that I have found useful over my leadership career is being open to feedback. I have always been one to solicit and thrive on feedback. I don’t know when I started this habit of actively seeking out feedback, but while many managers shy away from this I quite enjoy getting to hear people’s perspectives of me. Not that I particularly like what they have to say but I always find it interesting to hear how others perceive me.

This has served me well though because when I recently asked my team members to share what they thought were my blind spots they didn’t really have much to share. I took this as a great compliment because about a year ago when I asked for feedback there were a number of things that they told me I needed to work on. Of course I am in no way perfect. As I continue to grow, I am bound to have new areas that I need to improve on. My point is this though; if you actively seek out feedback and work on it consistently to improve your leadership, you are bound to be an effective leader. [Read more…]


Turn Fear Into Your Best Friend


In the last Lunch and Learn we discussed the topic of fear, which is something that all of us feel at different points in our lives depending on the situation that we are faced with. If you are afraid to do something, you are not alone, even the most successful people feel fear. What sets them apart though is how they deal with their fears. Do they let their fear paralyse them into inaction or do they feel the fear and do it anyway? In this article I share with you how you can turn your fear into your best friend. [Read more…]


Leadership Q&A with Davlynne Lidbetter

Davlynne headshotIn this month’s Leadership Q&A I bring you an interview with a remarkable business woman, Davlynne Lidbetter, Chief Operations Officer at VaultLife.com. Davlynne Lidbetter has over 20 years’ experience in the African media space, with lengthy tenures at the biggest media groups in Southern Africa as well as owning a successful agency specialising in multi-platform client campaigns. Her world-wide experience started from an early age, where she was an exchange student in Argentina. From there she worked through Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil, returning to study Political Science and Industrial Psychology and a few PR and marketing diplomas. Whilst in Hong Kong, China she sold arms and ammunition and enjoyed the diversity of the East. Upon returning to South Africa, Davlynne immersed herself within the PrimeMedia fold working under the incredible leadership of Ken Varejes and championing the Cape Town office of ComutaNet for an extended period of time. Following her passion for marketing and advertising she broke away and started Yellow Lemon Advertising, a successful agency specialising in multi-platform client campaigns including Rothmans, Jacaranda Street Busters and Armstrong Wilson.

After spending time consulting to one of the biggest media groups in Southern Africa Davlynne was offered Business Director of UCM running Heat Magazine and FHM where she spent a lengthy tenure and won many awards. Thereafter she was head hunted to join the ranks at ABN Publishing as General Manager where she was responsible for the launch of Forbes Africa in 2011 and its two sister publications, Forbes Life Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, in October 2013. As a major driving force behind the Forbes Africa titles, Davlynne has embedded her knowledge in the tough emerging markets of the Africa continent. Within the first year of Forbes Africa, the magazine was voted the No. 1 Business Magazine on the African continent. Throughout her career, Davlynne has been exposed to every aspect of this dynamic industry from high profile billionaires, cross-continental economic crises, entrepreneurship in Africa and global communications just to name a few.

Early in 2014, Davlynne joined VAULTLife.com as Chief Operations Officer. VAULTLife.com is a gamified application that offers once in a lifetime experiences, at the push of a button. It is an agile sales portal that offers VAULT members access to one-time-only experiences, exotic holidays and select luxury products. She is an education ambassador for Tekkie Tax and a patron for 100 women, which is an initiative geared towards speaking against the abuse of women and children, as well as the disabled and elderly, championing women empowerment through cutting edge hologram technology across the continent. She has appeared on many publication covers with in-depth stories on her ‘Story’ and is an activist for gender equality and the 30% Club.

Davlynne is a formidable, passionate, energy driven, and dynamic business woman who is overloaded with business experience and is a true inspiration to any business or entrepreneur.

SM: Tell us a bit about yourself and how your career began?

DL: I was an adopted child [Read more…]


Are You An Effective Leader? – Part 3

This week I bring you the final article in a 3 part exploration of leadership effectiveness. In the first article I suggested that leadership effectiveness can be measured by the results that you deliver. However, as a leader it is detrimental to singularly focus on results without looking after your people. When leading a team you achieve results through people, so leadership effectiveness also has to do with the effect that you have on those you lead. In examining your leadership effectiveness you need to ask yourself whether your employees are motivated and engaged, or are they de-motivated and disengaged?

The Gallup State of the American Workplace survey indicates that 70% of the American workforce is disengaged, meaning they don’t have an emotional connection with their jobs or organisation. The relationship between a manager and employee is largely accepted to be the make or break in employee engagement efforts. The question that you need to ask yourself therefore is, “what can you do to create a motivated and engaged workforce?” [Read more…]


Are you an effective leader? – Part 2

Last week I wrote to you about the topic of leadership effectiveness in the first of a 3-part exploration of this topic. Today, in part 2 of this series I take a look at why it is so important to be an effective leader.

At a basic level being an effective leader requires that you deliver results, but at what cost? I am sure at some stage you have come across leaders who get results at the expense of their people, who believe that the ends justify the means. While results are important, as a leader you work primarily through other people and singularly focusing on results can have a detrimental effect on your workplace relationships and may de-motivate your workforce. You need to ask yourself, in your quest for results, are you gaining grudging compliance from your employees, or willing commitment? [Read more…]


Are You An Effective Leader?


The topic of effective leadership is one that can sometimes be controversial because effectiveness is a highly subjective measure. Whether you are effective as a leader or not depends on whose lens you are looking through. I have observed with great amusement when things go wrong in teams that leaders seldom want to take full accountability for this. However when things are working well we are quick to ascribe this to our effective leadership.

6 months ago I conducted a leadership effectiveness survey where part of the questionnaire asked managers to rate themselves on the same set of questions that their direct reports rated them on. What was interesting to observe was that in almost all the cases the managers viewed themselves as being highly effective, while this view was not shared by their employees. What was even more interesting was that these same managers who viewed themselves as being highly effective leaders did not translate this effectiveness into results. [Read more…]