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I would like to live in a world where every person is free to be and become, to be supported in our individual and collective wellbeing, irrespective of race/ethnicity, gender, class, ability, size, or nationality.
To achieve this, will require us to confront our internalised beliefs about power (our own, the world, others), and to take leadership such that our use of power benefits us, and the world we live in.
Working with me, can move you closer to a place where you are working from the heart, from your vision, your identities and multiple experiences.
The following options are available to working with me:
With this option, we get to work closely together to dig deeper into your vision, the impact you want to have, and what it is you need to do to achieve that in your life, your activism, your business and your community.
We will undertake a journey that allows you to get clearer on what YOU really want and to facilitate a pathway with necessary action steps that will get you there faster. In my work, I am able to draw on my own life experiences, activism and my extensive work in the areas of self-leadership, activism, relationships, wealth creation, social entrepreneurship, women’s rights and youth development.
After all is said and done, the world could definitely use your contribution, but before anything else, our world needs you.
A PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS
In this group program with other changemakers, leaders and activists, we journey together to explore, tackle and confront what it is we need to transform within ourselves, to enhance our impact in our community and the world.
Indeed, we are driven to help others, and hopefully change the world, but our biggest challenge remain to lead change within ourselves. Until we do, we are likely to struggle with burnout, depression, recurring illnesses, financial woes to name but a few.
This 10 week program is an opportunity to go deeper and create a balance between our own wellbeing and our work/ activism.
This program is important for every leader to deepen self-awareness, and gain new perspectives. After all, you cannot pour from an empty cup. It is possible to be of service to others, whilst maintaining a balance with your own happiness, health and wealth.
I am passionate about the credo that everyone – individual or organisation – can grow beyond their wildest expectations. My vision is to transform leadership globally and to do this through providing custom-made solutions that help organisations and institutions with innovative out-of-the-box thinking. Since 2007, I have worked with a diversity of clients, including NGOs, funders, government, universities and corporate entities with a holistic package of consulting services. My work has also included: Facilitation of strategic meetings (including high-level); Strategy development and Organisational Development Support (include management training, coaching and mentoring); Training; Development of toolkits and Training Manuals; and Research (including evaluations, needs assessments, reviews, publication editing).
DESIGN THINKING COACHING
In 2016, I trained with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at UCT (d-school) as a coach. Since then, I have been coaching teams using the design thinking methodology. These have included student teams, youth, corporates and other institutions on how to use design thinking as a process and set of tools for solving complex problems.
Reflections on my Coaching Process with Shamillah:
I started my coaching sessions with Shamillah when I felt I was on the brink of burning out. I was unclear on how to avoid burning out while at the same time not feeling stuck or stagnant (because while I didn’t want to burn out, I still wanted to continue to do meaningful work and continue to develop my career). My coaching journey with Shamillah helped me to clarify what my challenges were and we worked together to develop solutions to this. The process she took me through helped me to develop a more solid long-term vision and plan for myself so that I was more clear on how the everyday tasks were meaningful and how I could use each day to contribute to the overall goals that I have.
Coaching supported me to more boldly pursue my goals. Before coaching, fear and doubt were a major barrier for me in taking any action to find more joy in my work, to find balance between my personal and work life and in pursuing things that made me feel like I was growing and learning. After the coaching process; I applied for a graduate program (I start this October!), requested to change roles at work so that I could do less of what I wanted and more work where I felt I could add the most value, and started working part time as well to make sure I had time to rest and reflect. The coaching process has supported me to shift my perspective from problem-focused to more solution- driven thinking, I now actively pursue the balanced but fulfilling life I dreamt about for a long time but was unsure on how to get there.
– Boikanyo Modungwa Research and Knowledge Officer for FRIDA, Young Feminist Fund
I had an opportunity to participate in a self-introspection process with Shamillah and it changed my whole understanding of my self-worth and gave me wisdom to take on life challenges. I was 20 at the time, and the most important lesson from that process was that I had to take responsibility and control of my destiny and deliberately invest in myself.
The sessions helped me question myself what I wanted to be and why. I had to search my soul and my life experiences to deal with any insecurities I had which could hinder my ability to value myself and deter me from achieving my personal and professional goals. Since then the trials I have gone through professionally, as a youth rights advocate and socially, have been unexpected and tough but because I had had the opportunity to deal with myself, I have been able to tackle them and gained strength from each twist and turn life has offered me.
Most importantly I have learnt to stand for myself and look out for myself. This is not an easy thing. I am now 26, and even though it is six years later, I am still motivated by some of the lessons from the work we did, which is something that we are not really told to do. That is “taking care of YOU”.
A lot of times as busy young women we are caught up in trying to achieve it all and to be honest the process is stressful. But consistently questioning yourself if your daily choices or other people’s choices are in your best interest sounds selfish but that’s the only way to preserve YOU. It is such an important principle that never gets old.
– Clarissa Ragede, Msc Candidate in Public Policy and Management with SOAS University of London, Youth Advisor to the Global Fund to fight TB, HIV and Malaria, and a Youth Fellow for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
I have worked with Shamillah for over a year and our journey together has been absolutely fulfilling.
As a coach she has allowed me my own space to grow, she has challenged me into honoring my own truth. I appreciate her allowance to share her own journey, to allow and honor mine and I feel that is powerful. She is a true kindred spirit, honest and a doer. I admire her deeply.
– Mphatso Jumbe, Executive Director, MOVE! And Owner/Entrepreneur of MAFU (Fresh Foods) Malawi
Shamillah Wilson is a conscious cliff-diver…someone motivated by the challenge of what some say cannot be done, what many fear to leap into – the unknown, her/our unlimited potential. She does not do this with the agonizing strain – the daily grind of trying to move mountains, but with a passion, playfulness and an adventurous spirit that stays alert to the markers and cues along the way. She is a generous and enthusiastic coach to others who yearn to leap in faith off their own mountains and an acute listener who knows what questions to ask, when to challenge and when to allow the revelation of the new inner terrain – the possibilities within each of us, to unfold. Coaching sessions with her have struck an old chord of a doubt-free much younger and possibly more daring version of me, who listened to the voice inside that confidently said: Of course you are…of course you can! Now I hear that bold, imaginative voice everywhere, as I navigate my life by the choices I am making and the future I am envisioning.
– Malika Ndlovu, South African poet, performer, project manager and applied arts practitioner
Coaching has led me to have a more purposeful life and I now realize that all my actions change my situation. The sessions made me more organized and I am now clearing all the clutter that cause stagnation and frustration. The independence gained and confidence I now have in my abilities turns my potential into physical attainments. My life changes daily, I realize the benefits to this change and are more sensitized to the subliminal messages sent by the universe as challenges.
– Mongezi Mtati (Entrepreneur and Brand Architect, Johannesburg)
I was cautioned that the coaching experience would not always be comfortable. That it could be uncomfortable. In hindsight, it was just that. It pushed me beyond limits I had created for myself. It took me out of my comfort zone. In order to grow, I had to relinquish the shell that I had become accustomed to. I became more than what I was and the coaching process was helpful whilst allowing me to be self-aware. It also helped me define boundaries with regard to myself and what I was responsible for. In my personal life, I felt more empowered. I felt more motivated to continue in the direction I identified and to realize the goals that I set. I achieved a clearer vision on distinguishing what I was responsible for and avoided getting burdened by what anyone else was responsible for. In my professional field, I realized more in terms of the quality and quantity of my work. I became more committed to my tasks. Shamillah shared valuable tools which I have assimilated into my repertoire. This cleared my energy and freed me up to focus on what is before me.
– Shanaaz Christine Mia (Magistrate, South Africa)