June Inside Look: Transformation

June Inside Look: Transformation

The beauty of transformation is all around us. A single seed planted in the ground germinates and grows into a sapling, and that sapling becomes a tree. We can also experience metamorphosis in our own lives, as we start a new hobby, change careers, or heal from...
May Inside Look: Self-Discovery

May Inside Look: Self-Discovery

Our name KORUMO is inspired by the silver fern shoot koru, a Māori symbol for inner growth and strength. The spiral shape of our logo is found in many wisdom traditions and signifies the journey within. Meditation, pilgrimage, and mountain retreats are ancient ways to...
April Inside Look: Identity

April Inside Look: Identity

The month of April we explored identity. “Who am I?” and “Who am I in the world?” are questions that accompany us on our lifelong journey of discovery: through the friends we have, how we grow and develop, who we love, how others perceive and label us, and in our...
March Inside Look: Action

March Inside Look: Action

This month we shift from Intention and Focus to Action. Action is embodying the change you want to see.  At KORUMO, coaching is an essential ingredient in working with our clients. We support you as the driver of your own change. We follow a sequence of steps and ask...
February Inside Look: Focus

February Inside Look: Focus

Last month, we looked at the transformative power of setting intentions. This month, we zoom into the art and science of focus. In film, a focus puller is someone who adjusts the focus of a camera, to ensure that all shots are sharp and well-defined. This is done by...
January Inside Look: Intention

January Inside Look: Intention

This 2024 Year of the Dragon forecasts innovation and growth. This is accompanied by the need for forgiveness and peaceful solutions. People and organizations are called to shift from self-interest that separates, to being inspired by purpose that connects....
December Inside Look: Gratitude

December Inside Look: Gratitude

As the year draws to a close, we took time to celebrate achievements at our KORUMO Year End Function. One of the activities was ‘Praise Showers’, an activity inspired by Spring Strategies. We spotlighted each of our associates and everyone had the...
November Inside Look: Sustainability In Our Work

November Inside Look: Sustainability In Our Work

We define sustainability as creating a ripple effect for transformative change. We can look to nature to see what true sustainability looks like, whether it’s the seasons, the water cycle, or the circle of life. Sustainability is meeting today’s needs without...
October Inside Look: Connection

October Inside Look: Connection

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb   True progress stems from the strength of our connections. By harnessing the collective power of individuals and communities we are able to achieve...
September Inside Look: Self-Regulation

September Inside Look: Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is one of six core competencies we developed for well-being in activist organizations. Its descriptor is “I recognize when I get triggered and employ effective strategies to calm myself down, recover, and get back to business”. When we feel strong...
August Inside Look: Embodiment

August Inside Look: Embodiment

Tough times are reflected in our bodies. “The Body keeps score”, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. In his book he describes the profound impact of trauma on the body and mind, revealing how emotional and psychological experiences can become stored within our...
July Inside Look: Curiosity

July Inside Look: Curiosity

At KORUMO we support our clients as drivers of their own change, and encourage them to “Stay Curious”. This is one of the four principles we uphold to create safe and empowering spaces.    In her book “Go your own way”, philosopher Margit Irgang describes the...
June Inside Look: Thrive

June Inside Look: Thrive

At KORUMO we support our clients to thrive at their most brilliant edge. This means to reach beyond your comfort zone, embrace challenges, and pursue growth to unlock your full potential.   We were inspired by Yvonne Akpasom of GIZ, a leader in the peace and...
May Inside Look: Courage – Be Yourself In The Workplace

May Inside Look: Courage – Be Yourself In The Workplace

Courage is the remarkable quality of possessing the inner strength and bravery to confront and conquer fear, adversity, and challenges. It encompasses the willingness to take risks, stand up for righteousness, and tackle difficult situations with unwavering resilience...
April Inside Look: The Power Of Story

April Inside Look: The Power Of Story

Humans have used storytelling for thousands of years. We see it in rock art, folk-tales and fireside stories. From generation to generation stories are passed down to inspire, entertain, educate and inform. Stories have the power to shape our beliefs, our attitudes...
March Inside Look: Next-Gen Leadership

March Inside Look: Next-Gen Leadership

This month we zoomed in on Next-Gen Leadership.  What is asked of leaders who are driven to make a difference in today’s complex and polarized world? Next-Gen Leadership is “business unusual”, it disrupts how we structure work, teams, and organizations. “Inclusive...
February Inside Look: Collaboration

February Inside Look: Collaboration

In pursuit of a just and sustainable world we need to engage individuals and organizations as part of a greater whole. Bringing together parties with contrasting world views, power differentials, and opposing interests is no easy feat. It is critical to create...
January Inside Look: Self-care

January Inside Look: Self-care

The theme for the first month of 2023 was self-care. Self-care can be defined as “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health and well-being”.    At KORUMO we believe the journey of transformation starts from within. In our leadership...
December Inside Look: Thank you

December Inside Look: Thank you

We have enjoyed every step of 2022 as we partnered with you to make an impact for transformative change. As we enter the festive break, we wish you quality time with loved ones and a much deserved rest.   Hear holiday wishes from our KORUMO Associates on...
November Inside Look: Diversity and Inclusion

November Inside Look: Diversity and Inclusion

At KORUMO we support people and organizations in finding new ways of “being” in “doing” human rights work. Diversity and Inclusion are key.   Benjamin Janse van Rensburg of Positive Vibes and Lila Ukabhai, Leadership Embodiment coach, share their experiences in...
October Inside Look: Climate, Water And Agriculture

October Inside Look: Climate, Water And Agriculture

October marks World Food Day and International Rural Women’s Day. Yet, we are a far cry from achieving prosperity for people and planet, as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals. This concern has inspired our theme for this month “Climate, Water, and...
September Inside Look: Renewal

September Inside Look: Renewal

September marks the start of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Watching nature begin a new season, this month’s theme is RENEWAL. With COVID-19 as part of the new normal, we are called to reimagine the way we live. At KORUMO we work with leaders to become the change...
August Inside Look: Celebrating Diversity And Inclusion

August Inside Look: Celebrating Diversity And Inclusion

At KORUMO we believe that change starts within. Each day we support leaders through coaching, facilitation, and training, to become the change they want to see in the world. Our clients are individuals and organizations who strive for innovation, equality, and...

Ten insights in virtual facilitation

Coaching and facilitating on-line has become our new normal. At Korumo we were able to pivot to virtual facilitation, and getting up-skilled as part of the first cohort of @SpringStrategies High Impact Virtual Facilitation intensive. A few weeks into...
Showing up for work each day

Showing up for work each day

Showing up for work each day in these unsettling times is not easy. I have put together a few ideas for a healthy work routine. Let me know how you go. Stay safe, Mo View this post on Instagram Finding focus, calm and clarity #mindfulleadership #emotionalresilience...
We have moved

We have moved

Still serving KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and beyond. We are an international team of coaches who inspire leaders to organize for impact and transformative change.
Making social justice my business

Making social justice my business

My story as activist entrepreneur My name is Mo Salomon. I am the founder and Chief Navigator at Korumo Coaching for Transformation. I started coaching in 2014. It was an unexpected turning point in my career. I am an anthropologist who worked for many years in...
10 Principles in Coaching

10 Principles in Coaching

The other day, one of my clients wanted to know how to make marketing calls with impact. Coaching type conversations could be helpful, I suggested, and drew a quick sketch of a conversation flow. The client recognized immediately how it would help her to really...
Korumo Run/Walk For Change

Korumo Run/Walk For Change

KORUMO RUN/WALK FOR CHANGE Through Korumo Run/Walk for Change we raise funds for a just cause and get fit doing so. We run (and walk) because it makes us feel strong and confident. Running reminds us that we can push through any difficulty. Our first just cause was...
Coaching for Gender-Transformative Change in Africa

Coaching for Gender-Transformative Change in Africa

Mo Salomon has teamed up with coaches Christine Guchu (Kenya) and Dr Atafeinam Abalo (Togo), to support the GIZ German International Cooperation’s programme on Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training for Women in Africa (ATVET-W). We offer...
A Zen approach to conflict resolution

A Zen approach to conflict resolution

When we agree with others, we are just listening to our own story. Our skill as communicator really shows up when we disagree with others. As coach and strategic facilitator I work mostly with social justice organizations. One would expect that activist leaders would...
PhD Coaching

PhD Coaching

Consciously navigating your PhD journey I have personally found pursuing a PhD a deeply challenging journey, both mentally and emotionally. I was lucky to have supervisors who were very supportive. They were interested in my topic, excited about my writing, and...
Health Justice: Embodying the Warrior with Heart

Health Justice: Embodying the Warrior with Heart

A series of workshops at Pan Africa ILGA 4th Regional Conference in Gaborone 2-4 June 2018 by Jabulani Pereira, Iranti-Org & Monique Salomon, Korumo Coaching for Transformation. Activist leaders need skills and capacities of a different kind. Young people face...
Self-care Rehab for Leaders

Self-care Rehab for Leaders

BUILDING RESILIENCE OF SELF AND THE ORGANIZATION Do you recognize any of these patterns: You feel exhausted, irritable, or ill-tempered Your social life and/or relationships are suffering You have lower back problems, high blood pressure, and/or other physical...

Group coaching for PhD candidates

Consciously navigating your PhD journey   Pursuing a PhD is a deeply personal journey that stretches you mentally and emotionally How do you find your way through? This coaching programme can help you to overcome stumbling blocks, find routines that work for you,...

20-22 Oct Weekend retreat

Navigating life’s transitions as wilderness experience Solitude Retreat Centre in the KZN Midlands Life changed my plans for August, and I had to postpone this weekend retreat. I was pushed into a new way of being in the world, to live without my father....

Wilderness Retreat 20-22 Oct at Solitude

You are at a crossroads at work and want to trace a new path for yourself. Perhaps you sense that there is more to life and know that something has to shift. Or maybe you just need time-out to clear your mind and connect with nature. Book now Monique Salomon will lead...

The Arctic Fox Talks again: Midlife crisis

I believe that in life when you heed the call of the wild there is no turning back, and as you persevere you will come through the wilderness transformed. At a recent Arctic Fox Talks pop up event, my friend, psychologist Dylan Evans really inspired me with his talk...

The Arctic Fox: A journey that changes lives

Do you believe in coincidence? I used to. These days I sense that there’s more at play than meets the eye. The Inuit people, who live in the world’s most northern territories, believe that when the arctic fox appears, magic is afoot. The fox is a symbol of...

Happiness at work

“Well-being is a leadership strategy”, says Deepak Chopra. Investing in well-being in the workplace is not only a nice-to-have, it also makes business sense. Happy workers are better people, more liked, less prone to stress, and more productive. The leadership of...

Mindfulness at work: decelerating in a fast-paced world

What would it be like to feel at your best at work? To feel focused and grounded, to communicate with clarity and calm, to feel connected to each other, have a sense of purpose, and be aligned in what you say and do. Imagine.  In a recent talk at a company, staff...

Reflect on your leadership

Trent Gilliss, co-founder of the popular podcast series On Being, poses five critical questions to reflect on leadership: – Can you take a reprimand without blowing up? – Can you take a turndown without becoming discouraged? – Can you laugh with...

Body-Mind IQ

Much of our leadership behaviour is embodied. Yet many of us live in our minds and “out of our body”. Fortunately, you can increase your body awareness or body-mind IQ. Tune into your body through exercise, dance, yoga, meditation, whatever moves you,...

Mastering power and love

“As leaders we don’t need to choose between power or love, we do both. We make connections and get things done”, says Adam Kahane of REOS Partners. A leader makes a love move to foster mutual connection and awareness. Then power moves to make special...

Instilling a coaching culture

The essence of coaching is individual freedom. Coaching enables us to reclaim our power & responsibility to live a fulfilled life. This power & responsibility is intrinsic to our very being. Nobody grants it to us....

Recipe to work and life: your unique mixture

If you’re just focused on work, my view is that you’ll never get enough back from any organization no matter how fantastic the role is. You have to have a full life, so that you really get enriched in a lot of different ways. That can be family and kids. It can be for...

Take a bow

In your working day, pause for a moment. Bring to mind ten things which you are grateful for. Count them on your fingers. Stretch yourself to really get to ten things. Find the tiny unnoticed elements, the little gems hidden in a day. Mindfulness Program by Liz...

Well-being is a leadership strategy – Deepak Chopra

Do you like what you do each day and are you motivated to achieve your goals Do you have supportive relationships and love in your life Are you managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security Do you like where you live, do you feel safe, and do you...

Our song

The circumstances of our life bring us certain motifs, tasks to fulfill, difficulties we must face, and lessons to learn. We turn these into our story, our song. As we listen deeply we can hear what part we have chosen, how we have created our identity in the face of...

Chocolate meditation

A delicious introduction to Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe. Chocolate-Meditation-from-book-Mindfulness-Finding-Peace-in-a-Frantic-World  

Poem by Mary Oliver

TODAY Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word. I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I’m taking...

The three marriages – reimagining work, self and relationship

Work is a constant conversation. It is the back-and-forth between what I think is me and what I think is not me; it is the edge between what the world needs of me and what I need of the world. Like the person to whom I am committed in a relationship, it is constantly...