Aitch at SabiSabi for ‘Seven Habits’

At SabiSabi River Camp Trish broke the ice and got the “Seven Habits” weekend going when her loud peal of delighted laughter allowed everyone to relax, forget stuffiness and start relating as equals. Colin Hall wrote to her afterwards:“Your contribution was so special so wholesome so special – you may never know just what magic you made. We really wanted you here!”

Colin was then CEO of Wooltru and had the “Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” franchise for SA. He wanted to adapt it to African conditions, as it used references to American farming practice and Colin wanted to allude to the African bush and the lessons it could give us. He needed the OK from the Covey top brass, so they sent Roger (co-founder of the Covey Leadership Center – now FranklinCovey Co.) & Rebecca Merrill to assess a trial run. As it was a trial, Colin invited people to participate (and it didn’t cost us a cent! As he would say: YeeHa!!).

What we didn’t know was a whole bunch of notables had also been invited. We were the minnows there. Captains of industry, politicians and rising businesspeople in the old and new South Africa were there. It was September 1994, the New South Africa was five months old, everyone was optimistic and it seemed the world was our oyster.

When the group first gathered, all strangers, all important and all wary, we were given one of those ice-breaking group exercises where the answer seems impossible, but very obvious when explained. Like many others, Trish didn’t “get it”, but unlike them when it was explained she let out a peal of delighted “Oh no! You fool!” self-deprecating laughter which broke the ice in the best way possible. She was the darling of the bunch from then on – and revelled in the limelight!

The challenge: Cross the river without falling off the bridge  Focus!

Aitch takes it in her stride: Stay on, fall off, its all the same . . (she stayed on)
Aitch takes it in her stride: Stay on, fall off, its all the same . . (she stayed on)

Gabi __ and Aitch on left

SabiSabi book crop Sabi open book crop

Colin Hall wrote:“Your contribution was so special so wholesome so special – you may never know just what magic you made. We really wanted you here!”

Sabi Seven Habits

Other comments she got were:

Thanks for your ‘ubuntu’ – Daphne Motsepe

Your spontaneity is very refreshing – Div Geeringh

Its a great experience and you’ve both added terrifically – Judy Gathercole

Trish, was great being around you. Keep the soft centre intact – Sej Motau

Its been great with you. Keep up the laughs – Khumo Radebe

Best wishes for the future as we strive to implement the 7 Habits – Sheila & Lungi Sisulu

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