Stef du Plessis

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Africa

Specialty Areas

Stef du Plessis is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader and team-builder. He grows people and organisations by focusing on self-mastery, teamwork, and leadership at all levels. He also heads up Stef du Plessis and Associates, a people development consultancy with offices in Johannesburg and Sydney.
With a masters degree in leadership, Stef still considers that the education that he's gotten on his own is the most valuable.

STEF THE SPEAKER
He has delivered more than 2 500 paid presentations on self-mastery, lifestyle management, leadership, and change management across five continents over the past decade. Internationally recognized both as a master storyteller and as a specialist in the field of understanding and stimulating human potential, his high-energy presentations are always humorous and entertaining, while striking at the very core of our being. Stef enthralls audiences with profound African wisdom, learned at the feet of his guide, Masiwa, while spending time in the bush as a wildlife photographer. But he is much more than just a word weaver: with a Masters degree in personal and professional leadership, his presentations are rich in content. And his broad experience ensures that his presentations are also jam-packed with real-world know how, equipping his audience with tried and tested tips, tools and techniques ready for immediate application. Through the skilful use of every conceivable facet of multi-media, he brings to life the African bush with sights and sounds that will be remembered long after the curtain has come down. Delegates from around the globe consistently rate him as the top speaker at conferences, and describe his presentations as refreshing, unique, captivating... and life changing!

STEF THE FACILITATOR
As a strategic facilitator, he has helped to shape the destiny of many leading organisations and he has a track record that is littered with success stories from the boardrooms and workshop floors of top companies around the globe.

Exactly a year has passed since the strategic planning session you facilitated for our directors. Looking back, you were the catalyst who enabled our top echelon to identify the real issues and problems. Your intervention was highly successful for both the company and us personally, and it will continue to influence our strategies in the future.
--- Peter Squires, MD, Ellerine Holdings Limited

As a mediating facilitator his deep sensitivity and almost uncanny insight, together with the knack to use the appropriate humor in just the right dose at just the right time gives him a remarkable ability to defuse potentially explosive situations and find common ground, in the pursuit of true collaboration. His unquestionably impeccable credibility means that he is in high demand with both management and organized labor alike.

Stef stretched both management and unions to go beyond the boundaries of traditional approach. Our attitude towards our workforce will never be the same again. There is no other facilitator like Stef du Plessis.
--- Rickson Mboweni, Manager Labour Relations, Iscor

STEF THE TEAM-BUILDER
Stef transforms workgroups into closely-knit, high performance teams, able to achieve common goals, built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect. Skillfully creating a non-threatening environment, he helps teams to discover whether they are pulling together or pulling apart. They will identify common goals; discover single-minded purpose; and design an actionable game plan. Team members will get to understand each other, and they will allocate Team Positions through role clarification. They will have fun while being equipped with Team Tools - learning how to cash in on change, communicate more effectively; make better decisions; solve problems and get things done; deal with conflict in a constructive manner, and benefit from diversity. Stef can work with teams of any size.
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