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Janet du Preez

Janet is a very versatile leadership development practitioner with strong business acumen; a passionate, provocative and creative thinker who is at her best partnering with courageous leaders to co-create thriving 21st Century organisations. She is constantly alert for good people, good ideas and good systems which can be made even more effective. 


Currently completing an MSc in the Management of Innovation and Technology and with a background in health sciences, psychology and business, Janet is uniquely qualified to understand people and the practical systems which underlie behaviour and outcomes. Her broad-based work experience includes leading in governmental, non-profit and volunteer organisations, small, medium and corporate businesses, service and trade enterprises, retail, financial and medical industries. As a result, the perspective which she brings to senior leadership training, facilitation, coaching and consulting is systemic, practical and focused on sustainable application. 


Against the background of this diverse business experience, Janet has developed a particular interest in enabling the growth and effectiveness of leaders. She emphatically believes that business is about people and that leaders are responsible for creating organisations that inspire people and enable them to deliver optimally. Janet’s insight into individual and organisational change extends beyond static models and frames and she uses her well-honed coaching, facilitation, process development and strategic consulting skills to engage talent, passion, insight and action in pursuit of great leadership, meaningful interaction, effective systems and strategic effectiveness.


Janet is the developer of the Dynamic Engagement Framework© and Art of Greatness Guide©.  She is founder of Engagement Dynamics and loves to work in collaboration with others. Janet has been extensively involved with the South African Organisation Development Network and the Flourish! OD Conference for 6 years and was on the Academic Board of Worldsview Academy for Organisational Change from 2011 to 2014. She has served on the Board of Cotlands, as an Organisational Development Consultant, since 2012 and was a member of a co-operative PhD research group studying complexity and spirituality in the workplace from 2013 to 2014. She speaks regularly at local conferences and events on a range of topics, including:

  • Engagement and Leadership

  • Whole Person Wellness 

  • Collaboration

  • Congruent Capitalism

  • Leading in the Digital Economy

  • Organising for Scale

  • Women in Leadership

Video - Janet Coaching (2018)
This one minute introduction gives you an overview of Janet's coaching approach, experience and perspectives. 
Video - Radically New (Disrupt 2018)
The Disrupt format prescribes 20 slides in 5 minute - and no speaker control. This video illustrates Janet's insight into the emerging world of work and an application of her Art of Greatness Guide. (You may want to turn your volume low to start with).
Leadership & Executive Coaching
I would highly endorse Janet as a personal and business coach.


Janet has a vast understanding and knowledge of business development skills and has been able to remain an independent, insightful advisor to me as a leader, of how to focus on the important areas of role responsibility that will be instrumental for taking the business forward. She is always available to listen and in many work-related discussions, she has been able to help me to see things from a different perspective and open up my thinking to address various issues. Through a very effective business tool, ‘Strengthsfinder’ for identifying personal talents, Janet has also used my identified strengths to guide me in the right direction.


Janet is very present in the moment using her active listening skills to positively reinforce me as a person who really matters. In a recent coaching session, where I expressed my feelings of being overwhelmed with leadership responsibilities and where I felt confused in my thinking, she showed that with her effective listening and discerning questioning skills she was able to distil the main points of the message and get to the heart of the problem, enabling me to reorder priorities. Our coaching sessions also have a strong emphasis on my accountability to myself and to her, where I need to explore my own alternatives to finding solutions. She has also helped me to understand the importance of time spent on replenishing myself in order to give of my best.


Janet’s coaching skills have definitely added value to my business and personal life and I have no doubt that she will have a positive impact on others who wish to embark on this enriching journey with her as a coach.


Sandy Burmeister, Director and Co-owner, Teachers’ Learning Centre for Early Childhood Development.          


People Practitioner Coaching

Your subject matter expertise in the various ‘sub-fields’ of OD is solid and up to date, and I appreciated that you could help to guide the team on a content level when confusion and disagreement arose. One thing that really stood out for me, seeing that the team consisted of ‘OD professionals’, is your level of self-awareness and your vigilance about your impact on the team.  Thanks especially for that, I always have high (and sometimes possibly unrealistic) expectations of OD people when it comes to managing their own ‘dynamics’ in the way they recommend to others, so I am always delighted when an OD professional actually practices what they preach. I also valued your obvious passion for and belief in OD, and your sustained level of enthusiasm for the task we had undertaken.  You know what ‘commitment’ actually means, and stick it out if when the going gets tough. It’s also significant to me that you requested feedback from your side.  A healthy respect for the value of one’s contributions, together with a desire to improve and keep learning, is another sign for me that I’m working with a true professional.

Elke Zellmer, Past Academic Board Member, Academy for Organisational Change

I would like to thank Janet du Preez for agreeing to coach me over the past few months. I have known Janet for a long time and have always appreciated the depth of her wisdom and her passion for the work she does with her clients. When I needed a coach, I asked Janet and she has graciously taken the time to coach me. What I appreciate about our coaching sessions, which is part of who Janet is, is that she comes prepared, she knows where I am and how to help me get better clarity on issues and she has a book to recommend (which I appreciate as I am passionate about books).


I have gained a lot of perspective and confidence as a result of our work together. I look forward to the future and to the growth on my part.

Phumzile Booi, Board Member of Cotlands

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