“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.“
– Rumi

I started my career first in teaching and then in retail. Working as a buying director within an organisational structure, I learnt how to lead a group of professional and talented individuals, as well as create a group dynamic that enhanced creativity as well as productivity. At this point, I realised that my interest had shifted from product to a focus on people and I embarked on my journey as a coach and facilitator.

My purpose is to contribute to the transformation and development of Integral leadership in Africa using the “inside-out” approach.

My Beliefs

  • Life requires continuous change in some form and this change is important for us to adapt and grow
  • If individuals are given the space and time to think and have the focused attention of someone they trust, they can find their own creative solutions.
  • Integrated personal development is central to great leadership and self-awareness is the key to this development
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Coach Training and Qualifications

  • Diploma in Practitioner Coaching – The Coaching Centre, Cape Town – March 2011
  • The Emotional & Social Intelligence Competence 360 survey (ESCI)-Hay Group 2011
  • i3 Profiling (Individual Instinctive Indicators) assessments 2012
  • Integrative Enneagram – coaching and team work 2013
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Coaching Process

Business leadership coaching process

  • Stake-holder meeting, defining organisational goals for coaching
  • Intake – Getting to know the client and individual goals
  • Baseline Assessment – as agreed with organisation and client
  • 6 – 12 Confidential, one-on-one coaching conversations, preferably bi-monthly or as agreed
  • Final assessment – feedback to client and development plan

Individual coaching model

  • Intake - background and objectives for the coaching programme
  • Reflect - brief review of period
  • Evaluate - what worked/what didn't
  • Formulate goal for session
  • Let go of limiting assumptions
  • Explore alternatives
  • Conceptualise a new way of being
  • Tasks and actions to be completed.
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Coaching Framework

My coaching style is influenced by Ken Wilbur’s Integral approach together with the work of Nancy Kline and David Kolb’s experiential learning theory.

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Sadika Allie

Merridy is an amazing life coach.

I'd lost some of the belief in who I was and lacked focus and direction. Her understanding and sympathetic ear coupled with coaching tools helped me to better understand how I had come to forgetting my strengths. By focussing on what makes me unique and how I added value to previous companies, I now have renewed energy and drive for achievement. I would highly recommend Merridy Edgson.

Sunet Klopper - project manager, city of CT

Merridy was kind enough to coach me pro-bono as part of my requirements to also become a registered coach. So firstly, thank you for your kind heart. Merridy is a very calm person in her nature and hence had a very calming effect on me to just relax and clearly think as she guided me through a series of questions. These questions would often lead me to insights I would not have otherwise come to. A very valuable part of my coaching journey with her was the Enneagram test and the detailed feedback and discussion that followed with Merridy. Her understanding and interpretation of the results of this assessment is worth noting! This is something every single person should do as the value is priceless! I am very grateful for the insights I gained through this experience with Merridy and one key outcome I learned was how to breath and calm my mind! Thank you.

Louise Hendey

Recently I completed the Integrated Enneagram assessment. The survey was very user-friendly and technically easy to complete online. To me, this is an important factor as previously I have completed assessments that are fraught with technical hitches which render them both frustrating and then place question on their validity. The results of the Integrated Enneagram were presented in a comprehensive professional report, which offered me detailed insights into my personality, relationships and coping mechanisms. I found it invaluable in providing me with the insights to develop myself and build my leadership competencies. In particular, I valued the debriefing session with my Integrated Enneagram Coach, Merridy Edgson. I think this is an important part of the process as it enables in-depth discussion on the information contained in the report and how best to interpret and use it.

Toni Knowles – merchandise executive, Sterns

Direct Communication – Merridy did challenge me, offer her observations, but the main benefit for me was the fact that she did not offer solutions but enabled me to think of the solutions myself.

Powerful questions – For me this was the major benefit as I feel that I am now able to think about issues differently, I am able to stand back from situations and deal more holistically with them and therefore feel that I am able to manage them better and hopefully this is having a more positive impact on the team.

Creating awareness – The coaching and particularly the 360 brought home the issues that I subconsciously thought that I needed to address but was not sure of how to address. Importantly even if I revert to “type” behaviour I am now aware of how to address this and correct it. It has given me confidence and the ability to stand back. The best outcome will be the ability of the team to confidently function independently.

Christelle Cornelius – programme director, Ikamva Labuntu

Coaching has become my investment in myself. I am taking time out to help myself in areas that I’ve defined as areas that need to be worked on. You have accepted this, creating the space, motivation and challenge as does your affirming style and relaxed approach in assisting me in this journey so far.

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