Workshop: Being intentional about how we work

90 minutes | 16h40 UTC | Track: Supporting Others

Distributed ways of working and virtual platforms have transformed our work life. While it has created many new possibilities, it comes with many challenges as well. In physical space, our days had some variety and boundaries. We walked from one meeting to another, we took a lunch break in the canteen, we ran into a colleague and quickly went for coffee. We could catch on reading on our commute to work. We had little routines and rituals that helped us transition between different roles and identities. Now, for many of us, our days feel like a monotonous blur, leading to high levels of burn-out and other wellbeing related issues. In our session we will explore the impact this has on our capacity to engage creatively and at optimal performance, and what learn from the worlds of complexity and mindfulness to help us be intentional about how we work.

We will cover things like:

  • exhaustion vs depletion and the importance of a sense of coherence
  • the importance of boundaries and creating capacity (do your BESD)
  • intentional transition rituals to ensure people are fully present
  • single-tasking
  • practical mindfulness exercises you can apply in workshops


  • Sonja Blignaut
  • Casper Oelofsen

About Sonja

Thinking Partner | Complexity fitness | Waysfinding in uncertainty | Sensemaker

WHAT I DO: I partner with people who need to navigate, make sense of and lead in uncertainty. I span the boundaries of leadership, OD & change, strategy, risk, innovation and marketing. In short, I work wherever there is complexity, which nowadays is more or less everywhere.

I look after the commercial business of Cognitive Edge. I teach locally and internationally on Complexity, Cynefin, Waysfinding, and enabling Fluid Organisations. I am certified in various individual and systemic coaching methods and a sought-after speaker, with experience at various conferences locally and internationally, including TedX.

I work mostly in the corporate sector and have consulted across various industries both locally and internationally. Some of my clients include Ikea, Nedbank, Liberty, Momentum Metropolitan, Waters Romania and many others. I have also worked in the development and government sectors.

Need a fellow Wayfinder that can help you navigate uncertain waters? Need to catalyse innovation and complexity fit cultures?

Let’s talk:

About Casper

Casper is a Serial Entrepreneur and Thinking Partner to his clients.  

Casper supports Leaders, Teams and Organisations to develop best practices to increase the quality of their thinking in complex environments

Casper was one of the founding members of *Capitec Bank Ltd. 

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Sonja Blignaut


Thinking Partner | Complexity fitness | Waysfinding in uncertainty | Sensemaker

Casper Oelofsen


Serial Entrepreneur and Thinking Partner