While Leader’s Voice® has run as a special programme at Wits Business School in Johannesburg, we had yet to pilot how it works as an open programme. In April, that all changed when we ran two public programmes at our partner studio, Sound and Motion Studios, in Bryanston.
We had a brilliant time and Leader’s Voice® once again demonstrated its ability to address the interests and needs of a wide population. Sound and Motion, located at Elgin Studios, is located in beautiful and quiet surroundings, providing the perfect location for the pilot. Rich West and James Olivier who run the studio, once again proved perfect partners.
With a wide range of participants, ranging from entrepreneurs to mining and the auto industry, the feedback between participants, a core element of the process, was brilliant. As is usually the case, participants in part expected a course on “presenting better”. What they got was an experience that expanded the essence of their own voices in a powerful way that brings out true and authentic leadership. More than one participant referred to the experience as “transformational”.
We should also mention our evening sessions at the Little Tuscany Boutique Hotel in Bryanston. Once again, we found terrific support, great food and a magical location. Our thanks go to the Little Tuscany for accommodating us at late notice and making us feel welcome.
The programme did not run, however, without a typical “Johannesburg” experience. At 2:30pm on the last day of the second programme, a power cut shut down the entire studio. Finding our way out to the rear garden, Ivan, our creative sound engineer, found a portable, high quality recording device, and we continued the programmed in the lovely rear gardens of the studio. At 4pm, just in time for the final recording, the power came back on, bringing us to a perfect and surprising closure.
Keep your eyes on this space, who knows where we’ll show up next!