Kevin Light

I improve individual, team and business performance by working with people to become better leaders of self and others.

KL photoExperience

For 30 yrs I have worked with a great diversity of leaders, as a business consultant, as a Group OD Manager within a multi-national corporate environment and as faculty of a business school. In various industries, cultures and contexts, I have witnessed success, excellence, change, stress, conflict & sometimes pain and this has shaped my understanding of how leadership and performance really work. Work includes:

  • Coaching which has developed executives, business performance, leadership talent & personal effectiveness
  • Team off-sites ensuring alignment and increased engagement & accountability
  • Numerous innovative processes which have solved problems and opened possibilities
  • Change management projects, including: organisational restructures & resizing; M&A’s; leadership change; organisational life stage transition
  • Several HR & OD teams supported with specialist resources & mentoring
  • Leadership & HR conferences designed & facilitated which set strategy and gave direction
  • Purpose designed management & leadership development programmes
  • 15+ diverse industries: Energy; Finance; Telecoms; Advertising; Music; IT; Education; NGO; Government; Services; Print Media; Food Production; Retail; Pharmaceutical and Property Development
  • Organisational culture & values strategies which strengthened healthy identity.

 

Approach

My special interest is improving how we lead ourselves and others. I believe that with great thinking and focused action we can go beyond our challenges to exceed our goals. So I use a variety of information, tools and skills to help people think honestly about where they are; clearly about where they want to go; and to develop practical solutions to get there. As an active ultra-distance sportsman I appreciate perseverance and value results, and I’ve learned that measurability and accountability are important keys to both.

 

Qualifications

  • COMENSA registered mentor & coach (Coaching & Mentoring Association of South Africa)
  • Insights Discovery Accredited Practitioner
  • Currently training as Time to Think Facilitator & Coach
  • TA 101 & active supporting member of International Transactional Analysis Association
  • BA (Hons) in Counselling & Adult Education
  • BA in Psychology & African English literature

 

Other roles

Contributing writer: Trail Magazine (2010 – present)

Founder member: Masihambisane Storytelling Group

Fundraising committee member for school charities: Zakhele & Sabre Trust

Active ultra-distance sportsman: Marathon des Sables; TufferPuffer 100 miler; Rhodes Run

Single Dad

I live between Cape Town and Ireland.

 

What People Say

 

Zandile Nkhata; formerly Head of Business Development, Graduate School for Business, University of Cape Town

As an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Executive Education Department Kevin made a number of significant contributions, including:

  • Taught change management on the Women in Leadership Programme where his wide experience of different organisational change projects enhanced the effective skills of the delegates;
  • Designed, facilitated and measured the coaching component of the Accelerated Leadership Development Programme for the First Rand Banking Group; and
  • Supported my own team’s development through a number of changes, and provided coaching to me personally.
  • Kevin is highly competent and widely experienced. This inspires the confidence that Executive Development requires. He has a commitment to excellence and a practical know-how that makes further progress possible; and he does it in a personable, creative way that makes it accessible.

 

Paul Norman; Group Chief HR & Corporate Affairs Exec: MTN

Kevin worked on projects to build teams, improve performance, develop diversity and coach and mentor both teams and individuals within MTN Group. His interventions had a significant impact on organisational performance and his coaching, in particular, has had a lasting influence on the leaders concerned. His ability to work across culture allowed that influence to apply to a wide spectrum of leaders.

He works exceptionally well in diverse environments and is comfortable and highly capable in managing conflict and very difficult team dynamics. His insightful views on life and people, offer a unique perspective in the interventions he proposes as well as the training methodologies he follows.

 

Martin Mbogo; Founder Chairman: Kenya Oil & Gas Association

Kevin stands out in the following ways:

  1. Problem Definition – He allows enough time and thought to define the “what”
  2. Planning & Preparation – He is rigorous in preparation and efficient in time management
  3. Delivery – He is flexible in his methods and achieves the intended purposes
  4. Relationship – He brings in real life experiences and humour that the audience identifies with.

 

Andrew Mobbs; Entrepreneur: The Hatchery Webdesign; Beanstalk Investments; Sensational Kids

As leaders we often don’t think we need another person’s help, but Kevin’s sensible and strategic mind, combined with his independence, is a key value proposition when you want to do better business – whether it be adding value, improving performance, formulating strategy, or managing complex change.

Kevin has a competence that has obviously been informed by years of working with people. He understands them and how to get the best from them. He enables clarity and has strong ability to navigate troubled waters.

He has done this for me and my leadership skills in various business challenges. He has helped me change how I think about leading performance.