Testimonials

So as part of building its organizational effectiveness through the people and shifting and ushering a new culture in the company, I worked with Tess over several months not only being a participant in the broader company wide project and also being coached her. She is a great coach who ably and effortlessly ask penetrating questions to enable clarity and bring tangible benefits to both the individual and the organization. Tess brings a wealth of experience to the table and has pleasant, patient but a no nonsense approach that delivers results. To build new insights and to grow you won’t miss a a step with Tess on your side.
Dr Jerry Gule CEO at Institute of People Management
The time I spent working with Tess lead to the highest growth period of my career enabling the attitude and approach to get two tech start-ups off the ground and running. Through an easy and enabling series of engagements Tess helped me identify my blind spots and turn these into positives that I could fully manage. I improved my ability to think strategically and view things from all stakeholders perspectives and utilize this insight to look for better win/win outcomes. I would not hesitate in recommending Tess to anyone looking to grow themselves as individuals and leaders.
Iain Gutteridge MD at LulaBet
I have had the priviledge of working with Tess Elsen during the rollout of a Leadership Development initiative at Discovery a few years ago.
Her impact as a facilitator was profound – not only were the ratings exceptionally high, but otherwise resistant learners were assimilating the info with ease and enthusiasm to the extent of making it part of their teams’ modus operandi.
I also know Tess to be an exemplary organisational development specialist. The depth and breadth of her skills is incredible. She is a thought leader in this field and is always eager to share of this knowledge and experience freely
Sam Shrosbree MBL, Doctoral Candidate in Business Leadership
Tess is a very experienced training and learning practitioner, and continues to deliver a highly professional service.
Richard Marks Resourcing Consultant at INFORMED SOURCES LIMITED
Tess is an excellent choice as speaker, and clearly she is a dedicated professional with a natural stage personality. I enjoyed her intuitive ability to read her audience, entertain and teach using the same content while she manages to deftly adjust and pace her presentation to a suit any given audience.
Hetta Pieterse
Commisioning Manager at Unisa Press
Strate has utilised Tess for her coaching and mentoring services for a while now.
Her professionalism and dedication to her work is fantastic. She has brought a lot of value to the individuals in the organisation who have utilised her. The benefits are clearly visible and all individuals who have utilised her have shown remarkable personal and professional improvements.
Elli Lechtman
Programme Director, PMO Head, Lecturer, Experienced Project Management and Agile Practitioner
Tess is a unique, skilled and exceptionally gifted at facilitating and consulting with clients and delegates in the area of leadership and management. She creates follow-on/upselling through her consulting with clients that added massive value for me and the clients. Tess manages her clients and colleagues in principled-centred ways, especially high in abundance and win-win. I have found her an indelible resource and great mentor.
Graeme de Bruyn Manager of Operations at Die MOS Inisiatief
Tess Elsen was instrumental in setting up a Management Development Programme for the Leadership team at TEBA Limited. She ensured the programme catered to the diverse needs of the organisation. Tess made the extra effort and time to understand the business and the people that worked for the business thereby ensuring that she presented the organisation with a solution that met our specific needs.
Cindy Manuel
Senior Manager People Partner Corporate at Massmart
Strate has utilised Tess for her coaching and mentoring services for a while now.
Her professionalism and dedication to her work is fantastic. She has brought a lot of value to the individuals in the organisation who have utilised her. The benefits are clearly visible and all individuals who have utilised her have shown remarkable personal and professional improvements.
Elli Lechtman
Programme Director, PMO Head, Lecturer, Experienced Project Management and Agile Practitioner
I have had the greatest pleasure to have worked with Tess over some years. I have always found Tess to be fully prepared, enthusiastic, sharp, insightful, effective, inspiring and “solid”.

She has high integrity, good morals and high expectations of herself and her participants. She also has a wicked sense of humour and can be counted upon to deliver beyond the norm. Tess is not your average “Jane”, she is typically exceptional…and brings a massive amount of experience, knowledge and life wisdom to any space.

Tess is one of the few to truly constantly invest in herself and go the extra 5 miles to achive results and deliver for her clients.

Tess is strong under pressure and a conscious, caring and supportive Soul who shares opely and willingly.
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I would feel very secure and happy if I had Tess “protect my back” or be a player on my team, or facilitate my event.

I have great enjoyment and willingness in recommending Tess for any work or service she my be engaged to deliver. She is an asset to any space.

Tony Dovale
As my Executive Coach, in particular when I was preparing for my first key note address to a group of Executive Assistants, Tess helped me make the transition into thinking more deeply about the importance of focusing on what the delegates were going to get out of my talk rather focusing on what a great speaker I am and can be. Her technique is a smooth and very impactful one. She applies her rich knowledge and experience to every engagement, that the growth and learning process is inevitable when you engage with her. Her presentation coaching skills method is phenomenal! As a result, I delivered a talk to executive assistants with resounding success. The value and impact of the talk I could not have achieved without Tess.

During coaching process, Tess asked such pertinent questions which led me to putting together the most relevant and useful talk for my target audience.

Tess has been the following to me:
– A trusted advisor who provides frank and objective advice and guidance
– A valuable thought provoker
– She holds me accountable
– A great mentor
– A phenomenal coach
– Someone who cares for my best interest
– She has pushed me to a potential that I never even thought I can reach

I am now able to take on any challenge that may come my way because my mind has been reprogrammed to see challenges as opportunities to thrive.

Thank you Tess for having the insight to ask me the questions I so desperately needed to answer.
Thuli Segalo
Business Coach – Maximising Leadership Impact, Organisational and Team Effectiveness