Narrative re-authoring apprentice journeys, leadership development, diversity and inclusion work, team development and alignment, cultural organisational transformation, strategy, cross cultural management, women’s empowerment, executive and leadership coaching and conflict management.
Chené Swart is an accomplished international narrative author, consultant, coach and trainer. She completed her studies in Narrative Therapy in 2006 and has successfully translated the work for the organisational context in the form of practices, designs, processes, workshops and key note presentations.
Chené’s work with individuals, businesses, and civil society organisations has given her a deep understanding into co-creating environments where leaders, teams and organisations can discover their rich identity conclusions and gifts that serve as the ground for authorship of individual narratives and co-authorship of team and organisational narratives. These discoveries have enabled individuals and teams to build deep connections as communities of workers through practices that cultivate human dignity, community and passion.
She is the author of the book, Re-authoring the World and a contributing author on Coaching from a Dialogic OD paradigm in the ground breaking organisational handbook called Dialogic Organization Development and Change: Theory and Practice published in the USA. Chené also wrote a chapter on Re-authoring leadership with and within organizations that was published in the South African book, Leadership – Perspectives from the Front Line and in the German book, Beyond Storytelling - Narrative Ansätze und die Arbeit mit Geschichten in Organisationen. An adapted version of her chapter in these books was published in the USA based journal, OD PRACTITIONER Vol. 48 No. 2 2016.
In more recent years, Chené has started to train organisational consultants coaches and leaders in narrative re-authoring practices in South Africa, the USA, Russia and Belgium through apprentice journeys. She teaches re-authoring leadership practices as guest lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch’s Business School and at the Kaospilot School for innovative thought leaders and entrepreneurs in Denmark.
Chené has also been working as a facilitator in the field of diversity and inclusion since 2009 with clients such as AngloAmerican Platinum, Investec and Barclays ABSA.
Chené is a South African citizen and draws on this rich history and ongoing transformation as her teachers in the work of “unothering the other”. She is passionate to co-construct experiences where alternative narratives can guide personal, communal and organisational agency, new ways of thinking and doing, and transformed lives.
In her work as an executive coach, consultant and trainer in re-authoring practices, Chené co-creates transformational learning contexts and journeys. She invites and enables participants to re-write and re-author the narratives of their lives as individuals, communities and organizations where they feel stuck or trapped or where the stories they continuously tell are thin conclusions that do not honour the gifts, values, knowledges of these groups or individuals. She also facilitates the emergence of individual, communal and organizational alternative narratives that open the possibility to write and live into a new preferred future.
Chené is therefore committed to participate in and contribute to conversations and actions that re-author our world towards the common good. She believes in the re-authoring of our world, one narrative at a time!
Transformations has consulted to the following companies and educational institutions: John Deere; ABSA; Barclays Africa; Duke Corporate Education (Faculty); Standard Bank; Adcock Ingram; Momentum; Marula Mine (Implats); AngloAmerican Platinum; FNB; Tiger Brands; ILead; PricewaterhouseCoopers; North Kentucky University; University of Pretoria; University of Stellenbosch Business School; South African Post Office; Kaospilot; SASOL; Fourier-E; The College of the Bahamas; Liberty; Nyenrode Business School; Monterey County Health Department; British Columbia Nurses’ Union; Fraser Health; Whole-System learning; Coram Deo; ArcelorMittal; MultiChoice Africa; The Field Band Foundation; Refinery Leadership Partners Inc; Driven; Gordon Institute of Business; Christelijke Hogeschool Ede; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and Heartbeat: Centre for Community Development.
“Having never heard of Narrative Practises before, I honestly never expected much. However, what it turned out to be, was one of the most defining moments in both my life and career. In just two days, my perspective of my life, my relationships with family, my relationships with friends, my career goals and my relationship with the world as a whole, was completely transformed. As a leader, I now know what is expected of me, and more importantly, I now have the confidence to brush aside all previously preconceived ideas and beliefs, that were unbeknownst to me, hindering my progress. Narrative Practises is something everyone should be exposed to.” Justin Miller, Director Operations, NCC Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa
“Many books offer ways for us to improve the world. However, in skimming the surface with ‘tips’ and ‘tools’, few succeed in offering direction for the transformative change we need now more than ever. In Re-authoring the World, Chené Swart offers us a courageous approach that reaches deep into the fabric of our shared realities – the stories we tell about ‘the way things are’. She gifts us with a practice which is central to a resilient future for humanity: the ability to edit and re-tell the stories that shape the foundation of our communities and organisations. The purpose? To engage together in real and practical ways of creating more spacious possibilities for our common futures.” — Alexander Fink, social work and youth work practitioner and instructor in Leadership Education and Development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Chené’s work bridges the very tricky boundary between narrative therapy and organizational development methodologies. She has decoded and therefore made accessible the power of Narrative therapy for executive coaching, culture building and change management. This is a massive contribution for which I am deeply grateful. Chené is changing the larger community's dominant narrative of scarcity, one narrative at a time.” Christine Cavanaugh-Simmons is President of CCS Consulting, Inc. and runs an international consulting company from Royal Oaks, California
“Based on my 20 years of experience in the field of organizational development, the skills that Chené brings are unique and rare. There are narrative therapists who work at the level of individual counselling, but it seems few who have the skills to bring this into an organizational context. Her work has powerful effects in re-writing and re-authoring the narratives of individuals and organizations.” Charles Holmes is a citizen of Vancouver, a skilled facilitator, educator and convenor of dialogues that change the world.
“Chené has built a committed following in Cincinnati by her elegant way of facilitating the work and presenting the Narrative ideas in a simplicity that is easy to understand and also profound in its impact. I fully recommend her work. It is life changing for individuals and institutions.” Peter Block is a citizen of Cincinnati, an author, consultant, and speaker in the areas of organization development, community building, and civic engagement for the past 40 years. He is also the recipient of the Organization Development Network's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.
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