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What’s the connection?


 “Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good”

-Sylvester Pillay, Chief Operations Manager


Enrolling. That is what I did in October. Enrolled on a Blogging Learnership. The expected outcomes: expression, authenticity and innovative sharing.

The process: do the work, pen to paper, regardless of how you feel, “kill your darlings”, again and again, as Steven Pressfield would advise, and most importantly, listen. To everything and everyone. All the time. Connect.

With this process came a lot of doubt, “Can I really do this?” excitement, delving deep into my soul, procrastination, researching why we procrastinate, observing, reading (my favourite thing in the world except four cheese pizza with extra avo, caramelized onion and sundried tomato, no fail). And in the end, trusting, that the reader will be able to connect with the message.

I’ve always been a fan of a theme.

Like an umbrella or a pod or a pot, a theme keeps it, the stories, she “sharings” (a new word I just added to the dictionary), really anything, together, coherent, and belonging. A theme creates structure. Connection.

I called the first 3 blogs, the “Learnership Soul Series”…in my mind (I didn’t really tell anyone, but now you know.) My idea behind the number 3 was that it formed a Trinity, the triangle shape: laser sharp apex pointing upwards, with 2 strong foundational points below.

The 4th blog would be the culmination of the 3 preceding blogs. The shape: the circle. Around the trinity. Something like this:

And suddenly my penny dropped (luckily only my penny) as I stared at the image in front of me:

The triangle and the circle… the A and the O… O my… I wanted to phone Kathy and scream (I tried, she said she was in a meeting but I can type my scream, and so I did. It’s difficult to scream excitement in a text…):

“Can you see it?? The Connection? It’s: the Blog with Odelle and Advanced Assessments!!!! The triangle in the circle…The A and the O!” (I am a sucker for signs.) What a connection…our connection…The feeling: awe, wow, grateful, connected…

Obviously I started researching the meaning of this Triangle- Circle combo and came upon sacred geometry. Now this might sound non- scientific and tie- dye, but it’s not. In fact. It’s everything but.

According to Destination Deluxe (which sounds like a Turkish day- spa, I know): “Sacred geometry is considered an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things…It is said that every natural pattern of growth or movement comes back to one or more geometric shapes.

The molecules of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snowflakes, flower petals, crystals, a shell, the stars, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms are created out of geometric codes.”

Sacred geometry symbolises “…the inseparable relationship between everything and everyone… – embodying oneness.”

So basically, we are sacred geometry and develop from and through sacred geometry, shapes and symbols. We are made to connect.

When I think of the word connection, the terms whole, one, together and collaborate spring to mind. And immediately I think of Kathy, our CEO at Advanced Assessments and Training.

Kathy’s middle name is Collaboration. Not only does she model this in her professional life, but in her personal life. It is part of her being, her values, her beliefs. To collaborate and connect are in Kathy’s cells. It is what Advanced Assessments is built on. Bringing people together. Connecting people and developing them.

Last week our management team partook in a Values- setting workshop.

This was a natural progression from the Enneagram workshop, which revealed our unique individualities, but also connecting us through deeper understanding of each other.

(Backtrack to sacred geometry…this is the Enneagram ̽ below…spot the connection? The triangle and the circle…just saying).

During the Values workshop, Sylvester Pillay, our Chief Operations Manager explained, Advanced Assessments has at its core one main philosophy:

“Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good”

But how do we as managers and employees, live this philosophy, embody the philosophy? How do we connect this “knowing” to the “doing”? What is our “good”?

Our values. Shared values. Values that allow for coherence and connection. Our theme. Values that remind all of us, we are home, even at work.

The value of connection. And, connection through values.

Through a creative process of identifying our values in teams, a couple, were shared amongst all the teams, two of which were:

  1. Innovation (or creativity) and
  2. Integrity

The two “I’s.

Through a different lens:

The “2 Eyes”…

In the eye of the beholder: What, who and how do you see?

Seth Godin, international Marketing guru mentions two words in his powerful “Your Job is to Make Art” Youtube talk: Sawubona and Enrolment. Two words very close to the heart of the South African Learnership landscape.

Sowubana literally means “I see you, you are important to me and I value you”. It is the how to of connecting.

Second word. Enrolment. Seth describes enrolment as:

“People are on a journey to learn something from you. We can’t do education to people. We can’t do education at people. We can only do them with them. We live in a connection economy…which creates value.

This economy is based on coordination, trust, permission and the exchange of ideas… generosity and art. Creating a tribe. All of us are smarter than any of us.”

So yes, the core, the why, of Learnerships: development.

How do we DO development? We connect. Based on our values. Do Good, Be Good, Feel Good.

How do we connect? The Eyes of the Learnership: Sawubona. Seeing the other’s true essence, their creativity and their uniqueness, their sacred geometry… and allowing that seed to develop and flower once again, into the world.

Once you see the other, they might see themselves, enrol spontaneously, and respond:


“Shiboka. I exist for you”




̽ Enneagram image, Wikipedia,


“Your Job is to Make Art”, Seth Godin,

“The War of Art”, Steven Pressfield, 2011

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