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Lisa Shippey


My Story:

Stories have always fascinated me.  My mom still laughs about catching me (as a 5-year old) reading Pinocchio under the covers with a torch long after bedtime; and to this day my children roll their eyes when I tell them I am just going to ‘pop in’ to look at a bookshop. 

Stories invite us into different worlds, connect us to people, and help us to make meaning of our lives.  I find it intriguing that how we see ourselves and our future is based on the story we tell ourselves about our past – and reframing our view of our past can change everything. As Kierkegaard wisely said, Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. This is true of individuals, of societies, and of organisations.

 I was born in the little town of Kokstad, spent some of my childhood in Durban, and have lived in and loved Jozi for most of my life.  I spent 24 years working in a multicultural church community – mentoring, counselling, training, facilitating and creating experiences for learning and personal change.  These years reinforced my passion for people - and for helping them excel in their personal lives, their work and their relationships.  They taught me to suspend judgment, because 99% of the time, people are doing the best they can.  Importantly, these years birthed in me a passion for diversity, and for the dismantling of stereotypes and inequality.  I am acutely aware of the privilege I carry, and am always looking for ways to leverage it to empower others and to build our conflicted, beautiful nation. 

 As a facilitator and coach with a background in psychology, I thrive on connection with people, on creating catalytic learning environments, and on making what I know accessible and profoundly useful for them.  I am convinced about the extraordinary power of intrinsic motivation;  and I am inspired by the synergy that occurs when people with different strengths and perspectives collaborate.  I believe we will all go further, faster together if we are curious about people, lifelong learners - and embrace the notion that laughter is fabulous medicine!

The official stuff:

  • BA (Community Psychology)
  • Management Coaching for Exceptional Performance (GIBS)
  • UCT Training and Development Management Short Course
  • Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) Facilitator
  • Honours in Psychology (Cum Laude)
  • Masters in Leadership Coaching (cum laude)

Get in Touch
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082 558 8066 | tracey@thinkspiration.co.za
067 409 6630 | lisa@thinkspiration.co.za