Why Sukavana

Why work with SUKAVANA?

  • holistic and solution-focused approach, not *band-aid*
  • tailored programs, using a blend of science based techniques & tools (EQ - Emotional Intelligence, CQ - Cultural Intelligence, Positive Psychology, Neuroscience), effective adult-learning approaches and blended learning methods

  • focus on self-awareness as stepping-stone to personal and leadership development – "know yourself - know your culture - know your impact"
  • continuous support - sounding board for any challenging situation

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes".  Marcel Proust

 

As an InterCulturalist I support you:

  • to understand your own cultural values | belief systems and how those influence your behaviour (e.g. leadership style)
  • learn that our own concept of “normal” is not always others' “normal”
  • learn to identify and manage your biases and blind spots 
  • make sense of the unknown in any new environment
  • understand the unique set of norms and behaviours within a specific culture
  • develop strategies and practical skills to operate more efficiently and balanced

What are your aspirations? Are you open to new experiences? Are you curious to learn how you can capitalise on your natural strengths and talents?

Would you like to thrive rather than survive in a new / diverse / foreign environment – whether starting a new job at a new company or moving to a new city or country or managing a new business venture?

Let's start a conversation...

sukavana why profile

MY STORY is one of challenging the "status quo" and taking the roads less travelled. I simply love the diversity of life, so exploring the unknown comes naturally – new places, people and their stories (travel) or our minds (understanding human behaviour). Wanderlust and sense of adventure led me to travel, work and study in many different places across the world. My ambition still is travelling more and working across Africa. Berlin, London, Melbourne were home at some stage and since 2010 it is Cape Town in beautiful South Africa.

Experiencing plenty of challenging situations myself I know what it means to face resistance and judgement, try to understand and communicate with people with different mindsets, or to settle in another country. I can relate well to feelings of uncertainty and know the process of going through change. The most crucial lesson I learned when I started my own business was the importance of self-discovery. Building a house needs a strong foundation. Without it, doesn't matter how gorgeous the architecture, it will be shaky and might eventually collapse. Knowing our values and strengths, what drives us and where we want to go is our foundation!

My aspiration is to assist others – learn, grow, become more independent, make changes that last, see more opportunities and live a balanced life – through teaching, advising and coaching. I aim to equip you (my clients) with knowledge and skills, so you open up and feel encouraged to go places where you wouldn’t have gone before.

My luck in life is that my work combines much of what I love – travel, research, learning, sharing. It requires a deep dive into Humanities and Social Sciences and in my programs I combine foundational cross-cultural knowledge with current science based methodologies, techniques and tools. I am not married to any one style or methodology but prefer to have a toolbox from which to work thereby offering a customised experience. I believe that when it comes to us human beings, a holistic approach is important. Everyone and every case is unique. The knowledge and experiences I acquired during my 20+ years in international business are my foundation to support others.  LinkedIn

Countries Experienced

australia – austria – azores - belgium – botswana - burma - cambodia – cuba - czech republic – denmark – egypt – france – germany - great britain – greece – hungary - hong kong – indonesia – ireland – israel - italy – japan – jordan – laos – lebanon - lesotho – malta – morocco – namibia – netherlands – palestine – portugal – singapore - slovak republic - south africa – spain – syria – tanzania - thailand – turkey – u.s.a. - zambia -

Associates

  • culture audit - corporate assessment 
  • cultural coaching
  • language courses
  • relocation support
  • business opportunities / company set-up
  • visa & immigration solutions
  • immigration lawyers
  • legal advise
  • administration support