This Mandela Day we decided to suggest three worthy causes for those of us interested in restoring hope and restoring lives.
The Bhambayi Project
See people’s value through Mandela’s lens. This entails seeing the true worth of everyone, spending 67 minutes on a Worth Reflection exercise, and forwarding their video to 67 friends to share the challenge of seeing equal worth in others.
Click on the link to find out more.
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. – Nelson Mandela
RebuildSA- Volunteers Group
Volunteers coming together to help businesses affected by the recent riots.
Here, we will connect affected business with our wonderful spread of volunteers. Please spread the word so we can reach those who need the help
Click on the link to find out more.
“Legacy is not what’s left tomorrow when you’re gone. It’s what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you’re here that then happens to live on.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
The Santa Shoe Box Project
In its 15 years, South Africa’s best-loved children’s charity has touched the lives of 1 017 741 underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia. The Project will soon be reaching its millionth child!
Personalised Virtual Santa Shoeboxes are available from 18 July.
Click on the link to find out more.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama XIV
Swift Momentum & The Playstation teamed up to give back to the Cape Town community.
Swift Momentum sponsored the party packets, face painting and transport for the children to the venue.
The Playstation sponsored the venue, 1 session inside the park and an awesome time.
The Run4Schools Foundation
The Run4Schools Foundation started more than a decade ago in township Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Founder is Leslie Pangemanan from The Netherlands, an experienced Two Oceans Ultrarunner (14x). The Run4Schools program runs at – what’s in a name – three primary schools: Alpine, Northwood and Tafelsig and soon to be one high school. Activities like sports, dance and singing during and at the end of the school day, keep children sheltered from gangsterism and crime infesting the local communities. Over 5000 learners are participating in the Run4Schools programmers. Through their programmer, the children have developed more self-esteem, motivating them to finish school and simply have more fun and joy in their lives. Thanks to their dedicated coaches, volunteers, events, partnerships and runners like you.
Spiritgirl (spiritgirl.co.za) partnered with Swift Momentum recruitment firm (swiftmomentum.com) to take the kids of the Alnoor orphanage to Jump Around Trampoline Park (jumparound.co.za) on Mandela day for a bit of fun with their friends. More details here.
Here is the video of the fun day the kids had with us at Jump Around Trampoline Park:
Spiritgirl (spiritgirl.co.za) partnered with Swift Momentum recruitment firm (swiftmomentum.com) to take the kids of the orphanage to Jump Around Trampoline Park (jumparound.co.za) on Mandela day for a bit of fun with their friends.
Both companies hosted a charity drive on their social media platforms [Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn]. The orphanage desperately need blankets, clothes, uniforms and funds for the children as they’re not funded by the government.
The collection started on Mandela Day on the 18th July and will end on the 18th August. At the end of the charity drive, Swift Momentum & Spiritgirl will drop off all the goods collected and give the kids a yoga class and a wellness workshop at the orphanage centre.
The main aim of ALNOOR ORPHANAGE is to protect vulnerable orphans; HIV/AIDS infected and affected and abused children by providing them with accommodation, education, medical, cultural and basic human needs. There are 47 children between the ages of 6-17 at the orphanage that need any assistance they can get.
#MANDELADAY: A huge HIGH 5 to Lemeez and Leigh who went out of their way to organize a partner for Swift Momentum to make a difference out there on Mandela Day. Jump Around Trampoline Park has come onboard and are sponsoring 47 children from Alnoor orphanage to an afternoon of fun – jump socks included! The beautiful folk from Swift Momentum are throwing in the party packs and more! Our challenge: What are YOU doing on Mandela Day to pay or play? it forward and spread some random kindness?
I’ve done numerous HR / culture / leadership/ industrial psyche courses and none resonated with myself and the team quite like the Justbeing.life course.
I may have some bias as the Just Being presenters and I have become close friends after this experience… but I’m pretty sure they’ll become your close friends too if you choose to go on the EQ Journey with them.
James, the pioneer of the course, has a very cool bio which actually ties into what he does and what I experienced: “we take borrowed truths to become knowledgeable but to be knowledgeable is not to know”. Why do I mention this? The reason I mention this is that there is no step-by-step process to building the perfect team. Someone else’s truth or what they experienced most likely won’t work for you.
Every single team is different and has different components and variables. You know your team best which is your truth or your experience and you know where it needs improvement and where it’s strong points are. Ultimately what James does is simply show you a way to communicate within a team or just human to human. You will then have clearer conversations with your team and in the end you will have real data, real insights and real thoughts from everyone involved which will put you in the best position to make the right decisions for yourself and for your team.
The strange thing is James or the Just Being course doesn’t tell you what to do to build a better team nor does he give you any guidelines or direction. He simply guides you with how to engage with people and how to communicate clearly. This is ultimately the backbone of any strong team. Once you are all communicating clearly it’s up to you what you do from there.
Conflict Resolution – When we can discern people’s emotions and empathize with their perspective it’s much easier to resolve conflicts and possibly avoid them before they start. We are also better at negotiation due to the very nature of our ability to understand the needs and desires of others. It’s easier to give people what they want if we can perceive what it is.
Success – Higher emotional intelligence helps us to be stronger internal motivators which can reduce procrastination, increase self-confidence and improve our ability to focus on a goal. It also allows us to create strong networks of support, overcome setbacks and persevere with a more resilient outlook. Our ability to delay gratification and see the long-term directly affects our ability to succeed.
Leadership – The ability to understand what motivates others, relate in a positive manner and to build stronger bonds with others in the workplace inevitably makes those with higher emotional intelligence better leaders. An effective leader can recognize what the needs of his people are so that those needs can be met in a way that encourages higher performance and satisfaction at work. An emotionally savvy and intelligent leader is also able to build stronger teams by strategically utilizing the emotional diversity of their team members to benefit the team as a whole.
Emotions play a very critical role in the overall quality of our personal and professional lives, more critical than even our actual measure of brain intelligence. While tools and technology can help us to learn and master information, nothing can replace our ability to learn, manage and master our emotions and the emotions of those around us.
Thought I’d put a couple interesting facts down about EQ:
Emotions’ are the biggest motivator of human actions.
They make you survive, make love (reproduce), create social bonds and be moral.
If you want to strong team, then motivations are pretty critical.
EQ > IQ. 85% of your financial success is due to your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate and lead. Shockingly, only 15% is due to your IQ. FACT guys and girls!
Self-awareness is the key. The earlier you recognize an emotion the more choice you have in dealing with it. You gain more self-awareness through meditation.
70% of male leaders in top 15% in decision-making skills score highest in EQ!
I don’t want to give too much away but basically, if you’ve got a team I highly recommend doing it.
ADHD kicking in now… Oh look there’s a squirrel!
CIAO – David
On Saturday 5th October 2013, Cipla are hosting an outdoor event to raise awareness and pledge hope for cancer survivors. Our team at Swift Momentum are getting involved by giving away tickets to the first five applicants to enter. Read more
In the month of July we are collecting any old clothes from clients, candidates, friends, family and anyone that’s keen to help and get involved. We provide the organisation with donations, clothing, food, and volunteer at The Homestead on a quarterly basis. Read more
I read a powerful and interesting article by Steve Tappin who is the BBC CEO Guru & Founder. I thought with whats going on here now in South Africa everyone would enjoy this article. I look forward to your comments?
If the man can forgive and let go, can’t we all? Read more
Nobody leaves the family….
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