Sep 302015
 

Every few months, we interview a person of the SATAA to get more insight into who is part of our community. This time, we interview Judith Haupt, Vice Chair of the SATAA.

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Karen:
Judith, you are the new Vice Chair of the SATAA. Tell us some facts about yourself ?

Judith:
I am a facilitator, consultant and coach for CONTRACT. Before starting the branch here in 2008, I was fortunate to work for CONTRACT in Germany and throughout Europe. I’m passionate about developing people and organisations… so much so that I sometimes work too much!
I love spending time with my partner and two children. I’m half South African, half German, have lived in both countries… I’m so happy to be living here in Cape Town, and feel very grateful that through my work, I have been able to combine both ‘my worlds’.

Karen:
When did you get to know about TA? And what is the biggest impact it has had on your life?

Judith:
When I applied to CONTRACT in 2004, my TA journey began… then, ‘growing up professionally’ within CONTRACT, I learned how we use TA with clients, and TA became a framework for my own learning and development, privately as well as professionally. The TA conference in Johannesburg almost coincided with the start of CONTRACT here in South Africa – which, in retrospect, is very meaningful for me…
TA has basically given me the foundation for my profession, and I cannot imagine working without it. Even the name CONTRACT goes back to TA – our processes with our clients, our content in our workshops, and our overall relationships with our clients are based on TA principles.

Karen:
What has been the biggest impact of your introducing TA to a person or an organisation that you have seen?

Judith:
I think the biggest impact I am seeing on an ongoing basis is in our work with managers and with teams, no matter at which level. It always fascinates me how TA speaks to someone in housekeeping at a hotel, as much as it does to the Board of a major Financial Services Institution.
Having managers realise that they can meet their employees at eye to eye level, and do not have to ‘talk down’ in order to be a manger, is wonderful to see. And assisting teams in working better together, communicating more effectively, giving strokes, is generating wonderful shifts in teams.

Karen:
What are some of the things you do that ‘feed’ your natural child, that you love doing?

Judith:
I love travelling, music (I used to sing in choirs, play violin in orchestras, and play piano), Yoga, Pilates, being in nature, walking on the beach, having a bath, going out for or cooking a delicious meal… and as I am saying this, I am realising that apart from the last two, I’m not doing enough of it at this point…

Karen:
What excites you the most about being the Vice-Chair of the SATAA?

Judith:
I am excited about the possibilities for the SATAA… creating a thriving community, adding to community development with meaningful projects, having lively discussions about the application of TA, and contributing to TA being more well-known and used… it’s going slowly at this point, but we are on our way!

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