It gives me great pleasure to announce 3-day training on the following 2 Unit Standards:

Apply Basic Business Ethics in a Work Environment (US 113924)
This 1-day session provides basic introduction to ethics in a business environment.

There are 4 Specific Outcomes for this Unit Standard:
1. Reflect on own values and belief systems and how they influence own behaviour.
2. Discuss how an individual`s ethics impact on the people around him/her.
3. Explain how an individual can behave ethically in a business environment.
4. Demonstrate techniques for dealing with situations where own ethics and values conflict with work.
Produce a business plan for a new venture (US119670)
There are 4 Specific Outcomes for this Unit Standard:
1. Identify and demonstrate understanding of the elements of a business plan.
2. Compile an organisation structure for one’s own business to determine how a business plan can best be integrated.
3. Identify resources and information required to complete own business plan.
4. Compile business plan.

The training can be attended for accreditation- or non-accreditation purposes. Should you wish NOT to earn the credits, you will still receive a Learner workbook to complete activities during the training session with additional activities you could do on your own afterwards.

Should you wish to earn the credits, it implies the 3 days contact session training and approximately 60 hours completing the Learner Workbooks over a period of 4 – 6 weeks in any workplace setting. You will need to ask a workplace supervisor / mentor to sign off on a workplace logbook and activities done.

For US 113924:
Level 2, Credits 2 – therefore you should spend approximately 20 notional hours on this Unit, 40% of the time in instructional learning and 60% in a workplace.
For US119670:
Level 2, Credits Value – therefore you should spend approximately 80 notional hours on this Unit, 40% of the time in instructional learning and 60% in the workplace.


All learners accessing this qualification must be in possession of a GETC or equivalent qualification. The learner must be competent in Mathematical Literacy and Communication at NQF level 1.

DATE: 21 – 23 October 2014
TIME: 9:00 – 16:00 daily
VENUE: Cape Town (physical address to be confirmed)
COST* – Accredited: R3,350.00
COST* – Non-accredited: R2,250.00
CLOSING DATE: 16 October 2014 – 14h00
REGISTRATION: Please email me a request to send the registration form
* Please note that this cost excludes travelling and accommodation. It DOES include a light lunch, tea & coffee.
** Please note that a minimum of 15 participants need to register for this training in order for it to continue
Groups of 3 or more per organisation are welcome to contact me for group discount of 5%

Kind Regards
Liezl van der Westhuizen
38 Breckenridge Road, Sunningdale, 7441
Cell: 082 373 0971 • Fax: 086 203 9262 •

Exciting new project

Creatividad Consulting was just appointed as Materials Developer for a project at Black Sash.  This organisation is committed to the strengthening of civil society organisations, in particular the cohort of 270+ community-based organisations that work in partnership with the Black Sash, to know and understand their rights, to monitor infringements and to conduct effective advocacy for the realisation of human rights.

Creatividad Consulting will assist Black Sash in the development of materials for a rights-based Popular Paralegal Training Course to improve the capacity of community organisations in the Boland to resource to advise and educate their constituencies, monitor and analyse their environment, and engage in advocacy that would realise human rights and improve the quality of life of farm workers and dwellers and migrant labourers in their community.

The approach for Creatividad Consulting will be to collaborate with a few associated subject matter experts to ensure the best end product. The project will be conducted during the remainder of June and July 2014.




All is well

All is still well in the Creatividad Office

Lately a lot of time went into finalising current contracts – which means a lot of deadlines.  After the April & May public holiday craze it was difficult to get hold of people, to stay in a rhythm of output and to balance work with life.

During this past month I’ve met an entrepreneur who also started up his own business in September 2013 and a few weeks later I have my own branded business cards.  He taught me a valuable lesson.  8 hours work, 8 hours sleep, 8 hours play. Balance in life is needed to deliver constant quality outputs.  Thank you Jason for this lesson I try to implement ever since I’ve met you.

It is always interesting how workflow works.  When you don’t have a lot of deadlines, it always seems to ‘go slow’ on the new contracts as well.  The moment the production line starts to pick up speed and end products start getting signed off, the more momentum there is with new connections and contracts as well.  Once again I’ve learned not to procrastinate, but to use each day to finalise something – even if it is not due yet.


1 Day in the life of Creatividad Consulting

All is well at Creatividad Consulting at the end of March 2014.  It is always a balancing act to stay in control of all the different focusses and hats that I am wearing.  I had an interesting discussion today with a person who had to complete routine forms based on what my work entail and found it quite challenging to summarise what Creatividad Consulting does.  The variety of focusses currently in process in the office is quite diverse.

My morning started with the normal office administration and emails – things that need to be dealt with, but that does not really generate energy.

Then I continued with a desktop review report which I drafted already and worked on until 1:00am this morning that is due on Monday and had to be in quite a creative space to develop a visual process flow of an implemented programme.

My first appointment of the day was a mentoring session with a colleague where her creative analysis of newly developed processes assisted me to streamline reporting processes and shortened time required for staff every month to write reports.  This inspired me to develop a much more streamlined user-friendly reporting template to implement on Monday at the organisation’s next staff meeting.

While I was out of the office i received a few emails with resources to utilise in the development of a training manual that is simmering for a few days on my desk.  The link to these freely shared templates will assist me to finally finalize a 4th training manual for the month that I just could not get done.

When I got home I received a call to let me know my training manuals is ready for collection at the printers for the training that I project manage which starts on Monday.  As I enter the office an email came in with the invoice for the accommodation of the facilitator and after an EFT payment another 30 minutes are spent on emails and administrative matters.

Tonight I will assess a few Learner Workbooks of the Project Management Training I facilitated in the City, as I will be off to Cape Town tomorrow morning to pick up the training material and I will drop it off at the client’s offices to provide feedback to the learners.

All in a day’s work.  Crazy you might think?  Energy generating in my case! This is who Creatividad Consulting is…  This is how Creatividad Consulting functions at its (her) best!

For any assistance in projects, facilitation, accredited (or non-accredited) training, assessments or any kind of assistance you need, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I work in association with a variety of Sole Proprietors as specialists in their own field of expertise and collaborate where necessary.

Please do not hesitate to add colour to my tomorrow!

Liezl van der Westhuizen

Creatividad – the meaning

What is creativity?

Creativity is the ability to generate new ideas and new connections between ideas, and ways to solve problems in any field or realm of our lives. Many of us think of creativity as making something new—like a new song, poem, painting, or novel. Creativity is certainly involved in making art. However, creativity is much more than that. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to work or solve problems in our daily lives. All people have the capacity to be creative. We can also nurture and increase our creativity.

There’s a link between creativity and positive emotions and, ultimately, happiness. Creativity is less likely to be present with negative emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, and anxiety; it is positively associated with positive emotions such as joy, love, and curiosity.

Creatividad Consulting aims to contribute to positive solutions, come up with new ideas, generate creative solutions to challenges and to get involved where a fresh, creative perspective is needed.

Creatividad = Spanish for Creativity