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Chronicles of Curiosity

Remarkable People & Extraordinary Places.

Exploration lies at the heart of humanity, and every human deserves the right to be able to explore their surroundings and world,
to see extraordinary places and gain new insights and perspectives about the remarkable people around us.

In these divided times, there is a call to use the spirit of exploration to bring us closer to one another. To connect to others who may not look like us, to seek out experiences that are different than ours, and to have the courage to understand others’ values. For it is through this curiosity and courage that we grow and learn and gain empathy for others.

The Chronicles of Curiosity invites you to join a crew of modern day explorers, passionate about anticipating the interaction between your vocation and a fast changing world of work. By using different tools and platforms, we co-create experiences to help you better understand your deep gladness, and the response towards feeling relevant by making sustainable change towards the world’s deep hunger.

This is also a platform where we celebrate stories of collaboration through different mediums of self-exploration in the form of Transitional Coaching, Depth Leadership Work, Empathy Expeditions, Chronicles of Curiosity Workshops & Learning Labs, Research and Pod Casts.

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Coaching

Ever heard of the doorstep mile?

The next two decades promise a full-scale revolution in our working lives. Before we look into the next 20 years, let’s take a quick look at the present. Coaching is not another name for therapy – it is exclusively focused on career-based vocational insights and how to enable individuals to identify, prioritise, creatively problem-solve and implement choices around achieving their goals, today.

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Transitional Guide

We are in this together.

“Innovation- the heart of the knowledge economy- is fundamentally social.”
– Malcolm Gladwell.

As a behavioural scientists, Francois has a vision to promote the development of thriving groups, communities or teams in which problems are solved and decisions are made collectively. Success in the knowledge economy comes from those who know themselves- their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.

This means that everyone is involved: leadership is shared and rotated and the full diversity of opinions is considered to ensure wise choices for a sustainable future. In order to achieve this vision, Francois can help groups determine and pursue their everyday goals, while at the same time exploring the possibility of psychological transformation and transcendence.

Here are five significant changes foreseen by the World Economic Forum:

  • AI and robotics will ultimately create more work, not less. Much like today.
  • There won’t be a shortage of jobs but – if we don’t take the right steps – a shortage of skilled talent to fill those jobs.
  • As remote work becomes the norm, cities will enter the talent wars of the future. Untethering work from place is going to give people new geographic freedom to live where they want, and cities and metropolitan regions will compete to attract this new mobile labour force.
  • The majority of the workforce will freelance by 2027.
  • Technological change will keep increasing, so learning new skills will be an ongoing necessity throughout life.

The most constructive discussion is not whether there will or won’t be changes, but what we should do to ensure the best, most inclusive outcomes.

Expeditions

Fear says:”I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Curiosity says: “Let’s find out.”

The spirit of exploration has the power to move us towards new frontiers. As individuals, but also as a collective.

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Francois

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Francois is a career coach, adventurer
and keynote speaker.

About
Ever heard of a Transitional Guide? Francois specialises in career coaching and self- and career exploration learning experiences. With an industrial psychology background, he went on to become a certified Results Coaching Systems coach, as well as a certified Integral coach through the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. With a cause driven heart, he also campaigns for awareness around a fast changing world of work, and how we can respond towards this with a better understanding of our passions, talents and skills.

Words that would make his head turn in a coffee shop:
1 – Ernest Hemingway
2 – Land Cruiser
3 – Mike Horn
4 – Empathy
5 – Africa

Quotes that keeps him going:
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

– E.E. Cummings

“Courage is Grace under pressure”
– Ernest Hemingway

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