I met Graeme Butchart about ten years ago. It was only when I was driving behind him one day that I took down his number. There was a sign on his vehicle that read ‘Developer of Great People’ so I decided to give him a call and make an appointment to see him not recognizing that it was the beginning of an exciting journey.
I owned a restaurant for many years and felt that I was not using my creativity to the maximum potential. Although the restaurant was a financially viable option, I felt that there was something else out there and that it was just around the corner. Most people complained about being in a financial rut, I was clearly in a creative one! Working with Graeme was a journey of self discovery. I learnt about integrity, fairness and most of all how to translate ideas into actions. Although negativity affects us all in different ways I was delighted to find ways to deal with it.
Graeme equipped me with ‘tools’, not only to get back on a creative path but tools to help me deal with life’s everyday niggles and keep focused on goals I had set. The best part of his mentoring was that there was an instant change in my outlook and ability to complete the tasks on hand. Unlike therapy, Graeme’s approach enabled me to isolate the problems and deal with them immediately.
I sold my restaurant and built a whole new exciting career that included TV appearances on the Noleen Show (SABC 3) and Eastern Mosaic (SABC 2). I have also published two recipe books and have become more involved with The Starfish Greathearts Foundation. The Curry Club Initiative was also one of the ideas that had been nurtured through my coaching with Graeme.
I really do believe that there are many people that have the potential for greatness. Fortunately, I met Graeme who showed me how to grow into that person.
Celebrity Chef and Owner of the Holi Cow restaurant
I found your coaching particularly exciting. The experience has moved me, effortlessly, to a highly productive routine, where time is allocated to specific tasks, properly, giving my full attention to them individually, and seeing them through to completion.
I am seeing projects that had previously stalled, being reignited. I am encouraged by even the smallest of things being finished. Getting them done. Moving on to the next. These are my WOW moments.
Time management, has become my friend.
Fundamental beliefs, I am able to rearrange into positive thinking, through mantras, which bring me a wonderful new serenity.
The meditation, I didn’t know. It was in me all the time. The whole world should do it.
Without over emphasizing it, thank you.
Business Owner - Entrepreneur
Thank you very much for the strategic facilitation...
You will be pleased to learn that we are still living the Strategic planning outcomes. The report has been adopted – to be used as a tool to guide our operations from 2010 and onwards.
You will be pleased to know that a new organogram is now in place – though it has been slightly refined.
On the 1st of November we employed a new Gender officer. With effect from 1st of February we have employed a new Information and Communications Manager and a new Programmes Manager.
The staff is still working on the value posters and very soon we shall be beginning the process of rebranding.
I shall keep you posted on what we shall be doing going forward
Thank you Graeme – it has proved to be an extremely worthwhile exercise.
Bulawayo Agenda Executive Director
I have learned so much from you, as I mentioned to Nomalanga, who totally concurs, you have planted a seed that has already started growing. I have taken a lot of key points from your training, which we are using for our CSI planning next year. Thank you”
Your innovation and entrepreneurship model is amazing and practical. Yes, we believe that you can add value to most companies including the DBSA.
Dr Snowy Khoza
Group Executive Development Bank South Africa
I’ve been running my own small business since 2000 and would like to believe did moderately well. As all business’s there were good months and bad months and 2008 turned out to be exceptionally challenging, one noticed an economic shift and the business model being applied was no longer working. Acquiring new business become tougher and almost at a halt. As a result my self-esteem was pretty low, I felt financially strapped and was filled with anxiety.
My Life Coach Sessions started with Graeme in Jan 2009.
Graeme has helped me to accept the things I cannot change; he has assisted in bringing my fear levels to a minimum; opened my mind to think differently and helped me gain my self-confidence back. All these positive attributes, including reflecting from the inside out has helped me to gain my confidence levels, feel good about self, and attract new opportunities.
The business has now been repositioned from general marketing and eventing to cause related marketing…Energy levels are on the increase with lots of new opportunities on the horizon.
I see Graeme on an on going (weekly) basis and am extremely grateful for having him in my life.
Thank you Graeme you are truly a developer of great people.
Managing Director Dandelion Breeze
I met Graeme Butchart when we were both taking our first coaching course. When I needed a coach, despite knowing many, he is the one I went to. He is a great coach; professional, empathetic and accessible. Often coaches have the misguided belief that they need to appear perfect; Graeme on the other hand, easily shares himself in order to support your growth.
I have made use of Graeme services personally, as my coach, and have also contracted him for my organisation and he never disappoints.
Founder of The Goddess Academy
Thank you for your outstanding work undertaken for our organisation in January and April this year.
The new Tourism Enterprise Partnership team is a diverse and exciting group of people and you assisted us to commence with a fresh start and a different thinking approach.
We would not hesitate to recommend your services either as a facilitator or a Programme Director for any organisation.”
Manager Tourism Enterprise Development (2010)
Thanks again for such a great and inspiring course - I walked away feeling very pumped on Friday and I'm so keen to draw up a proper CSR/CSI strategy for Flight Centre and the related brands.”
Flight Centre Limited
It was such a pleasure and a worthwhile experience to be taught by you last week. There are a lot of things about being creative in the marketing environment that I did not know of, or knew just a little about that are much clearer now. I will definitely apply what I have learnt during the two days in my work environment.”
South African Airways
That was the most unique and inspiring talk I have heard on innovation.