Johann Oostenbrink

About Johann Oostenbrink

Hi I’m Johann, and I am passionate about people and human systems. Since 1990 I am a growth agent and an impact player, unlocking potential and encouraging greatness in organisations and leaders. That includes leadership training, strategic alignment, team development, executive coaching, and relationship enrichment. Over at my personal blog Ways2Grow I am musing over these kind of topics.

The Power of Your Backstage Investment

2023-08-04T09:50:32+02:00August 4th, 2023|

I hope this message finds you in good health and high energy. I mean it, because today I want to share a simple lesson that I had to learn the hard way.  I realised how [...]

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Build to last: legacy lessons from history

2023-07-05T18:34:20+02:00July 5th, 2023|

Your existence really matters, and the beauty lies in your ability as human being to be intentional about it. We hold the power to determine how much our lives will matter and how long our [...]

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Embracing the Gift

2023-06-07T13:53:23+02:00June 7th, 2023|

As the winter chill enveloped me, I found myself caught in the clutches of a relentless flu. Fever episodes swung me between icy shivers and scorching heat, forcing my work to grind to a halt [...]

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Is your GPS working?

2023-05-01T20:03:07+02:00May 1st, 2023|

Have you like me found yourself sometimes taking wrong turn-offs in life, causing you lots of trouble and frustration, and forcing you to re-route? https://ways2grow.co.za/2023/05/01/is-your-gps-working/

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Pause for empathy to unleash strength

2023-04-06T12:15:28+02:00April 6th, 2023|

Giving friends and colleagues “air time” and allowing them to blow off steam, by just listening and validating, can help them to find their own voice, their own strength and insight to self-correct. You most [...]

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Living life by design or by default

2023-03-02T11:05:43+02:00March 2nd, 2023|

“I suppose I will be living with this pain for many, many years”, I remarked after a major setback. My coach’s response was short and to the point: “Only if you choose to.” When his [...]

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What you focus on GROWS

2023-02-02T17:04:59+02:00February 2nd, 2023|

What you focus on GROWS. If you focus on problems, you will have more problems; if you focus on solutions, you will get more solutions… You can choose, indeed. How liberating! ... read full article: [...]

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Make-over: making the New Year “new”!

2023-01-10T19:23:36+02:00January 10th, 2023|

Unfortunately many of us have transferred the anxieties, traumas, shame, and wounds of the old year into 2023. It’s natural. But that can paralyze you, eating away your hope and joy, putting you in survival [...]

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Choose the choir you want to sing in

2022-12-07T15:16:21+02:00December 7th, 2022|

I recently called my elderly father. In the conversation I mentioned some bad news about the country's state of affairs. Very calmly, my father stopped me and asked "do we need to talk about this?" [...]

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