What is a butterfly?

……It’s what you’re meant to become.”

Trina Paulus, “Hope for the Flowers”

OUR HISTORY

Trudy: Owner

Trudy has studied and specialised in Business Leadership and Industrial & Organisational Psychology through the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the University of Stellenbosch. In addition to the work that Trudy now specialises in with her work with the strong team at PsyGro, Trudy has enjoyed working for the likes of Standard Bank and Unilever across functional areas at all levels of management, both locally and globally. Her 20 years+ working experience includes professional world-class expertise in a number of disciplines including: customer service excellence, organizational change, sales, logistics, banking, sales and business forecasting, business planning, innovation planning and project leadership.

Lidia: Founder

PsyGro was originally founded by Lidia Vosloo in 1986 and has been journeying alongside leaders and their organizations for over 20 years. Lidia was a registered Clinical Psychologist who brought a talent for a psychodynamic understanding of “what makes people tick” to the organization. Lidia retired in June 2009 and Trudy Tanner joined the team and took to the helm as the new Owner of PsyGro.

OUR PHILOPHY

At PsyGro our philosophy is to partner with and support you, the leader, in becoming the best leader you can be.

It is important to know that when we mention the word leader we refer, not to a position, but to a disposition which can be summed up in the words of John Quincy Adams “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”.

We believe that great strategies create great businesses, and that great people create great strategies.  Leaders in your business intuitively know what needs to be done; and we will support them in how they talk about it, make it real and make it happen.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Your methodologies and products processes are not merely ideas and concepts, but during your workshops you actually equip people with effective, scientific and powerful tools that really do work in real life. Your professionalism, expertise, integrity and humility inspire a lot of trust and confidence

Handri Conradie, Owner/MD At Source Handmade Foods (Pty) Ltd

OUR TEAM

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Trudy Tanner
Owner

Qualifications:  have studied and specialised in Business Leadership and Industrial & Organisational Psychology and have post graduate degrees in these fields through the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the University of Stellenbosch.

Experience summary: In addition to the journeys we undertake with the support of a strong team at PsyGro, I have enjoyed working for the likes of Standard Bank and Unilever across functional areas at all levels of management, both locally and globally. My 20 years+ working experience includes professional world-class expertise in a number of disciplines including: customer service excellence, organisational change, sales, logistics, banking, sales and business forecasting, business planning, innovation planning and project leadership.

My Myers-Briggs profile is an INTP.

  • What kind of Leader am I? I believe that leadership is all about ensuring that one’s influence inspires and facilitates growth equally in oneself and those around you for the greater good of both the individuals and business in which we work and the communities in which we live.
  • The thoughts of my team on my leadership style: Innovative, adaptable, encouraging, supportive, empathetic, insightful, optimistic, honest and authentic – diplomatically direct, open and engaging, you put the effort in to find solutions and realise the results and you do it in an uplifting way. You expect the best from us and help us to deliver it, whether through coaching us to get it done or actually helping us get it done.

Loves to…spend quality time with my family and friends, running on the beach with my pups, as well as surfing, soaking up the wonder of nature and a bit of creative time dabbling in photography and on the guitar.

Quotes I live by...
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become” Steve Jobs

“We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”. Marianne Williamson/Nelson Mandela

Jason Tanner
Finance Manager

Experience summary: I have spent 20+ years working in various fields from running small businesses to joining the corporate world and working as a store manager for Woolworths to currently owning my own courier business.  I support the Psygro team on the finance side on a freelance basis.

My Myers-Briggs profile is an ISTJ.

  • What kind of Leader am I? I am an outcomes based leader that believes in working with consistency, honesty, authenticity and discipline to deliver results for both individuals and the business.

Loves to…spend time around a dinner table with my family and friends, watching a good show from time to time and spending some time in the gym.

Quotes I live by...
 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”
Aristotle

Sam Lunow
Psychometrist, Facilitator and Consultant

Qualifications:

  • BA Hons Psych from Stellenbosch University.
  • Registered Psychometrist Independent Practice with the HPCSA

Experience summary: I took a gap year after school and entered the world of work in an administrative function at a vehicle hire company to save money to travel, which I then did for 5 months in Europe. On return I completed my studies whilst working as a waitron. My first position after completing my studies was at a Food Hygiene Equipment company as a Sales Representative, dealing extensively with Factory, Farm and Production staff around hygiene and food safety education and products. Two years later I joined Psygro initially as a Psychometrist and later with additional responsibilities as a Consultant and Facilitator. Approximately three years later I joined Maxie Consulting as a Psychometrist. I was also very involved in Job and Competency Profiling, Performance Management, Talent Management and related facilitation during my tenure at Maxie Consulting. After 8 years I said fond farewells and joined Psygro as a Psychometrist, Consultant and Facilitator.

My Myers-Briggs profile is an INFJ.

  • What kind of Leader am I? compassionate, diplomatic, abstract thinking, light-hearted, structured and planned.

What I’m working on now: keeping things simple and real – being humble and authentic and keeping an open-mind when connecting with people in all spheres of life.

Loves to…spend time with my husband and children outdoors, get lost in a good book or movie, drink red wine, walk along the beach, watch the waves and contemplate life

Quote I live by

“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”

Michelle Wright
Client Liaison

Experience summary: After high school, for three years, I travelled back and forth to the States and worked there then decided to stay in SA.  In 2005 started  at Psygro as a Workshop Co-ordinator

My Myers-Briggs profile is an ENTP.

  • What kind of Leader am I? Lively, independent, enthusiastic  and I have a ‘can-do’ attitude, seeing nothing as beyond my capabilities

Loves to…spend time with my daughter, family and friends, listen to music  and a going out for supper with the people I love.

Quote I live by….“You are the architect of your own destiny; you are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be. Except the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking”