Soulfulness™

Lead Self. Lead the World.

About Soulfulness™

“In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody. And if we do not embody that, life is wasted.” – Carl Jung

We live in increasingly complex, chaotic and uncertain times.  Climate change, new business landscapes, overpopulation, natural disasters, economic and political instability, global pandemics and diminishing resources, among others, are challenging our current paradigms. The problems we face cannot be solved by the thinking that created them. We need new mindsets. We have the opportunity in our lifetimes to participate in the creation and evolution of life on earth. We need leaders who are attuned to the underlying forces governing life and who are able to work harmoniously in co-operation with others to form strategic alliances and collaborate across the divides of politics, geographies and ideologies, challenge the status quo and respond creatively to the challenges we now face.

It’s what inspired me to create Soulfulness™, a vehicle and process for bringing more soulfulness into life and work. Soulfulness™ is an antidote to the old model of more and bigger and better. It is a process of restoring and repairing the individual and collective soul in organisations through leadership conversations, transformational leadership journeys, mindfulness and awareness practices to cultivate mind clarity, empathy and presence. Soulfulness™ is a process of discovery, expression and wholeness. It is an alchemical path of transformation and evolution, collaborating with the evolutionary impulse of life.

CARMEN METTLER

B Bus Science (Finance) ( Hons); PGDip (Accounting)

About The Founder

CARMEN METTLER

B Bus Science (Finance) ( Hons); PGDip (Accounting)

I facilitate leadership conversations and journeys of discovery and exploration of self, other and the world, applying science and ancient wisdom, intuition, imagination, direct experience, creative expression and awareness practices including sensory, breath, mind, body, presence, being, collective and wholeness awareness. This integrated approach offers clients new possibilities to grow and flourish, and to connect deeply to self, others and the mystery of life, and in the process, transform limiting patterns and habits, unlock potential and creativity, build coherence and resilience and discover and explore the deep intelligence and creative spark in their beings and in the field of intelligence and creative energy that informs all of life, an evolutionary impulse that is billions of years old.

Since 1998, I have worked with thousands of individuals on personal, learning, leadership, team and organizational journeys in learning institutions, business schools, universities, small, medium and large businesses, including global listed companies and government and non-government organizations across diverse sectors such as mining, manufacturing, retail and banking. I am committed to evolving consciousness and supporting others in emergent evolutionary processes to build growth mindsets and skills for effectively navigating the unknown. These include awareness, agile and adaptive thinking, virtual communication, resilience, creativity, leadership and social influence.

My work is a contribution to evolving consciousess, shining a light in the darkness, and bringing more soulfulness into life and work.

Soulfulness™ Sessions

I facilitate leadership conversations and journeys, using the proprietary Soulfulness™ process. The Soulfulness™ process incorporates science and ancient wisdom, intuition, direct experience, and awareness practices to facilitate the development of awareness, empathy, mind clarity, collaboration and relational ability, creative problem solving, innovation, alignment to values and purpose and presence.

Soulfulness™ Sessions take the form of individual and group sessions and  are customised according to individual and organisational needs. I work in collaboration with a strategic network of business, mindfulness and leadership facilitators and coaches to provide fit for purpose solutions to clients in a quest to rediscover soul and co-create organisational spaces that work for everyone. It is a process of connection and inclusion that facilitates a shift from division to inclusion, disconnection to connection, from exhaustion to whole being presence, from devaluing to revaluing being human, from ego to eco-awareness and from surviving to thriving. My work is a contribution to bringing more soulfulness into the world.

Testimonials

I have worked with Carmen since 2013, during which time she has designed and delivered multiple leadership processes and programs for blue chip clients across financial services, mining, retail, manufacturing and public sectors. Carmen has a special gift for understanding how personal challenges and blind spots impact the effectiveness and success of leaders and teams. She has designed executive through middle management development programmes to shift leaders thinking, grow awareness and build confidence and skills. Carmen’s insight, empathy and capability, mixed with a deep passion for making a difference in people’s lives and improving leadership performance and business results, has produced user experiences that resonate deeply with the individuals and teams she works with. Almost without exception Carmen receives exceptional feedback from those on her programmes. I have not come across a process facilitator who consistently achieves 100% ratings from participants. Similarly, our client sponsors talk to the improvements in individual performance and re-alignment and purposing of the teams, she works with.  Carmen is a pleasure to work with. Client focused, authentic, creative, reliable and reflective of her own personal growth and learning, she is constantly pushing the envelope to improve the outcomes and impact of the processes she designs and runs. Some of the most creative work I have done has been guided and influenced by Carmen. Carmen is a consummate professional and I have no hesitation in recommending her for any role where she is able to apply her experience and expertise.” – Lindsay Falkov, Director, EY People Advisory Services (PAS): Africa Talent Lead.
“Carmen is driven by a desire to help others reach their fullest potential and evolve towards wholeness. She is also deeply committed to inner work and is constantly learning and growing. Ever since I first met her on a “Woman Within Workshop” in the UK I have been struck by her power, wisdom, depth, her commitment to do both her own inner work with courage and to facilitate the same for others. She is highly intelligent, driven, and well as emotionally aware and intelligent. She is authentic and deeply compassionate. I have a deep respect for her as both a friend and a colleague. She is resilient, compassionate, an excellent listener and has a strong and containing presence. Those who are around Carmen are profoundly impacted by her. She is able to work with teams on the highest of levels and to make everyone feel valued and heard. She is also highly intelligent and innovative, as well as capable; as is reflected in the unique ways she teaches others (from accounting in her early career to leadership and transformational work currently). She has been through much in her life, and as a result has been on a journey of discovery, healing and meaning from a young age. She has explored many healing modalities, all of which will hold her in good stead. She is a deep thinker, courageous, dedicated and disciplined and has achieved much of what she has set out to do in her life. I have no hesitation in my belief of her potential to continue to develop or to recommend this multifaceted, musical, poetic, creative, empathetic, practical, caring, and special human being.” – Linda Kantor (PhD), Counselling Psychologist, Hypnotherapist and yoga teacher, co-founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme in Cape Town, and Institute for Mindfulness South Africa.
“Carmen is brave and shows courage to step into the shadow realm, knowing that to do so is in service to herself and her community. I deeply appreciate Carmen’s ability to show compassion and lack of judgment in her work and relationships. She remains open to outcome, approaching the unknown with an attitude of curiosity and learning. She is courageous in facing up to difficult questions that arise in her work with clients or in her own journey. She is a lifelong learner, with a boundless energy for new ideas, thoughts, concepts, and tools that equip her to mediate effectively between the realms of the conscious and unconscious. She has a deep desire for continual learning and to develop insights into our human condition and the unconscious dynamics that shape our experiences. Over 20 years of professional experience, Carmen has built a strong foundation of skills, self-awareness, and knowledge.” – Gitanjali Maharaj, Group Executive: Culture Transformation, Absa Group Ltd (Banking and Financial Services
“I really appreciate how much you helped me during our short period together. Thank you very much – I believe that your coaching has made a big difference in my professional trajectory and overall work-like satisfaction.” “Thank you for your insightful and compassionate work with our Office.” “Thank you for facilitating very meaningful coaching sessions. I am hopeful that we are on the path towards more transformational versus transactional leadership. You have armed us with good tools and insights. “Thank you again for helping to bring clarity to my individual leadership purpose!” “We indeed accomplished a lot and I do feel more confident as a result of our coaching sessions… so big thank you to you.” “Many thanks for your very helpful coaching. It was time well spent.” “Thank you for the coaching session. I found it extremely useful.”  – Managers, U.S.
“At a personal level, it was quite a useful process of self-discovery and for that, I derived maximum benefit out of it. The one complementary benefit was at a group level, manco, where some of the fundamental leadership mindsets and behaviours were addressed. We even collectively took away a set of actions to drive as a Manco. Overall, useful intervention worth the time spent.” – Ntsopana Mafa, Head of Department, South African Bank Note Company.

“In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.” – Carl Jung

Organisations I’ve Worked With

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