The Transformer


No, this isn't a New Ventures Studio remake of the Megan Fox classic action films with cars and robots trying to defend the galaxy. BEING "The Transformer" is about consciously taking the right course of action when presented with a challenge. As simple or overwhelming as it may present itself.

On Thursday morning (08:30-09:30), Vicky Coates was back in the New Ventures Studio to build on her powerful Transformer Leadership course. Part of this session involved a lesson on being The Transformer. There are essentially only ever THREE ACTIONS to take in a given situation:

  1. Be Pro-Active: Make a decision to ACT in order to change the situation into a positive one

  2. Accept It: There is a facticity to certain situations that cannot be opposed. In an example where we may have lost a loved one - Energy cannot be wasted trying to deny the facticity that the loved one is no longer with us. As much as it pains us - we need to accept it and move forward.

  3. Get Out: Exiting a situation is sometimes the only option. Do not think of it as failure or "being chicken." Sometimes it is exactly what we need to do in order to take the next positive step.

We asked some of our participants to share some of their challenges with us, giving examples of how they have or will overcome them, POSITIVELY:

BRAD SITZER

Challenge:

Creating a learning centre that generates it's own revenue. (e.g. students learning and making products to be sold and income comes to learning centre)

Positive Changes:

1. Pro-active:

Engage with the community to hear what their needs are. What they would be willing to spend money on that will be able to be made by students. Engage with training organisations to see what they are currently doing in this space and how collaboration could take place.

2. Accept it:

Using this data to decide on the way forward. Accept if the idea is not feasible and work on a way forward or plan of action.

3. Get out:

If the location of interest is perhaps wrong then I need to get out of that area and focus else where. Or, if the actual business interest itself is wrong then I need to change my business model to something more suitable for income generation. It would be getting out of the exact model I have in mind but still in a similar field as my passion of educating.

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SISANDA MARWA

Challenge:

Reconsiling my past experiences to try understand who I am and what makes me, me! As part of our exercises, at New Ventures was to work on our story, which in my case was my facticity.

Positive Changes:

2. Accept it:

I had to accept that this is a process I could not avoid or delay any longer. 1. Pro-Active:

I decided not to opt out by avoiding the exercise but be proactive and I had to face myself in order to find myself. The hardest past is done,the rest is work in progress...

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MITCH BARKER

Challenge:

My biggest challenge to date is the departure from a company that I joined on an equity basis 4 years ago. After having grown the business over 1000% and birthed 2 sister companies over this period, I was made to feel truly like the minority partner I was, and unfortunately the relationship between my business partner/s began to deteriorate. The main reason for this is partner participation and stakeholders abusing their authority making decisions without others, and in the end, not sticking to the plan which was agreed by all parties initially.

Positive Changes:

1. Pro-active:

I tried my absolute best to work with each person’s weakness and strength, and made a concerted effort to pivot and take the business in the direction of the market.

2. Accept it:

After 18 months of working tirelessly to fix something that just wasn’t working, and relying on my partners to pivot, I had to accept that my time was up and I that the company would not realise my full value and potential.

3. Get out:

In the end, and as in progress, I made a decision to move on from the business despite the emotion trauma in the process. To me, I feel that what was supposed to be a Legacy for my children, would now become a legacy I leave for my business partners.

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ALOISESSE MARSHALL

Challenge:

I am currently facing the challenge of my family accepting the carrer choice I have made for my self.

Positive Changes:

2. Accept it:

I had to firstly accept the fact that they wanted me to follow there rules and made the decision that I want to make my own decision for my life.

1. Pro-active:

I was pro active in a sense that I informed them that I was not going to attend university and chase after my dreams this meant me leaving home and travelling all the way to cape town.

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RYAN GEEL

Challenge:

MY challenge involving this course was to establish if I would be able to attend and manage my current position at Ice Art,

Positive Changes:

1. Pro-active:

My proactive approach was to first discuss with all individuals concerned and that would ultimately be involved in this and from there work out a strategy that would suit both parties involved which we did and here I am.

2. Accept it:

I accepted the situation for what it was and understood that without action on it i would need to Opt out and with that thought i got proactive and made a plan that would suit both parties and allow me to manage both opportunities,

3. Get out:

No Need

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NICK ADRIAANS

Challenge:

One of the major challenges I'm faced with is my door to door sales. I spend hours a week and only get two or three clients out of a potential fifty. I start with and introduction of who we are and what we offer and finally leaving them with a business card. Most of them like the idea, but hardly any call back. So most clients come from those who see what we do out in the field or referrals.

Positive Changes:

2. Accept it:

I've accepted that factor, but how do I get more response from the sales side of things?

1. Pro-active:

So now my idea is to create a pamphlet with a few words of value of who we are, what we do, followed by a before and after picture of our work. I'm positive it will work. We still in the design process.

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​KEDWYN KAMMIES

Challenge:

Having to stop working during the week.

Positive Changes:

1. Pro-active:

I've realized that I need to push more projects and work into my weekends, So weekends are no longer for "chilling" but I'm enjoying life hey.

2. Accept it:

Uhm I guess I've accepted that I'm investing in myself and this program is offering me so much.

3. Get out:

Definitely not planning to get out.

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​RAMAZANI SENDA

Challenge:

One of the challenges I was facing is, in the beginning of the year I decided to partner up with someone we all had the same goals and value but when it came to do the work it was all one sided. If I were to ask him to do one thing he wouldn't make the effort of doing it, it came to a point where I did my part got work in and he couldn't do the job because he was being ''lazy''.

Positive Changes:

2. Accept it:

I then decided to accept that if he wants the best he'll approach me and step up his game. I have left him to decide.

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MARSHALL KHUNOU

Challenge:

I can remember coming in for the 2nd interview, my first time infront of the New Ventures and Caban Panel. While telling a bit about what it is I'm hoping to achieve at the end of the course, one of the judges asked if Im willing to reinvent myself, to unlearn and do because that is what it will always take to keep developing oneself. The challenge was am I willing to be agile enough to learn just to unlearn and reinvent my method of doing things and that day I wasn't just challenged by my idea and bringing it to life in all aspects, but now I also were aware that should I be chosen it will be because the company was investing in my growth.

Positive Changes:​

2. Pro-Active: So I took a conscious decision to reinvent myself on a daily intentionally knowing that this wasn't just about my business idea coming to fruition,it were also about the spring of my growth. So everyday I reinvent myself,my method, challenge myself to bring it hard on the table and the challenge of the course makes it all a worthwhile journey.

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