Executive Coaching


What is executive coaching?

“Executive coaching is the art and science of facilitating a structured process that is designed and customized to meet the growth needs and the current reality of an executive, to enable movement towards a desired state through unlocking possibilities that were not previously considered” – Helga Landis.

Our approach to the coaching process

We start from the premise that people are not broken, they work perfectly well.  They have all the resources they need; they just need to access, strengthen, and sequence them.  Mind-body are part of the same system and influence each other.  We can model excellence, and some genius, if we break the tasks and skills into small enough chunks.

We always maintain that:  It is always better to have choice, our map is never our territory and we all respond to our map of reality, not reality itself.

We hold fast to the belief that there is no failure, only feedback, and that behind every behaviour is a positive intention.

For this reason, our coaching programmes are designed from a holistic point of view, bringing all of the executive’s strength, talents, experiences and previous learning into the process.  Our approach is based on an inclusive model that values intuition, analysis and an action orientated approach.  We believe that whilst results are important, so are relationships so we treat them as sacred. We also advocate the ability to be adept at multiple leadership styles that include both backbone and heart.

As such, we include Transformational Coaching in all our coaching assignments with the key aim to create enduring and lasting change and that integrates with mind, body, psyche and soul.   We have learned that focusing on single orientation towards personal growth yields often inauthentic outcomes, whilst an integrative approach that starts with heart and ends with pure and consistent application of the transformed thought processes encompass and impact positively all previous conditioning, experiences and belief systems.  In short, we retrain the brain through a process of interactive modelling whilst harnessing an individual’s inner authority.

We thus develop executives that are whole, fulfilled and self-aware individuals who not only bring to bear their purpose, passion,  talents and expertise in their work and in the businesses they serve, but people with an ability to self-regulate, self-enthuse and act with courage, conviction and clarity.

Essentially, these are the individuals that transform organisations from bleak to brilliant.  Their resounding impact are found in boardrooms, classrooms and corridors.  These are the transformational agents that through personal authentication and self-actualisation change the organisational fabric to solidly embed the Saraswati 6 Pillars of Genius.

How much does the Executive Coaching Programme cost?
This is dependent on seniority of the coach and the coachee, the number of sessions purchased, and whether a long-term retainer is put in place. However, the price for an individual session ranges from R2,750.00 – R6,000.00 per session


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Executive, Business, Change and Life Coach


Helga’s coaching experience includes hundreds of executive coaching assignments to premier organisations like MTN, Impala Platinum, Gold Fields, the Old Mutual Group, Sanlam, inter alia in excess of 12,000 coaching hours over the past 15 years.

Helga developed the Programme material for Saraswati Coach Academy International and piloted its impact and efficacy at various client organisations with huge success over the past 10 years.

She trained approximately 500 students in the NAFCOCJCCI Labour and Employee Relations Certification Programmes; a programme that she designed and facilitated.

Other training included various professional programmes over the past 30 years including: Communication Skills, Negotiation Skills, various human resources topics and employee relations management.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Law and is a published author (Juta).

Helga furthermore directed numerous cutting-edge consulting assignments to blue-chip companies internationally over the past 30 years, ranging from organisational redesign, culture change, business improvement, change management, HR strategy design and people management tactics and strategies.  This has provided her with deep insight into the challenges faced by executives – helping her addressing coaching needs meaningfully.

However, Helga’s real work was on herself and in creating self-mastery and consistency for her own personal growth.

Helga holds certifications as a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Executive Coach,  Results Coach, Life Congruence Coach and Change and Transformation Coach.


Executive, Change, Results, Mbit and Life Coach


Amory Landis is a Certified Life, Performance and Executive Coach with credentials as a Mbit Coach, Results Coach, Life Congruence Coach and Certified Professional Coach.

He has coached hundreds of individuals and executives towards living an authentic and balanced life, whilst helping them to develop and hone their gifts.

Amory is particularly asked to coach for improved individual performance and in this area he works with professional athletes, executives and people who are aspiring to reach the next level in their career or personal goals.

He utilizes a holistic approach towards self-discovery and personal mastery, guiding individuals towards a joyful state in which they are able to function at their highest potential.

He also consults for various premier organisations as a specialist consultant in areas of Human Resource Management, Change Management and  Organisational Culture Design.  Some of his clients include Gold Fields, Implats, Sanlam, Joburg Property Company and Minerals Processing Executive.


Mentor Coach


Karen worked in a corporate environment for 20 years, before transitioning into coaching. She held a number of senior human resource leadership roles across a broad cross-section of the organization.

At the same time her coach training and experience (2 250+ coaching hours) provide perspectives and ways of working that open up new possibilities for her coachees.

Karen is a certified Integral Coach, Leadership Embodiment Coach and is credentialed through the ICF at Master Coach level.

She serves as Mentor Coach to Saraswati Coach Academy International.


  • We develop customised, fit-for-purpose coaching methodologies that are specific to your business and your industry
  • We ensure that the coaching methodology and outcomes align and support your company’s strategy, business objectives and enable the desired culture of the business
  • Our approach to the coaching conversation is balanced and holistic in nature and considers proven theory and world-class, industry-specific trends and developments
  • The coaching methodologies align with international coaching standards and global best practise
  • We successfully blend coaching and mentoring given our exposure in corporate roles
  • We are adept at multiple leadership styles and as such, do not advocate a once-size fits all approach
  • Saraswati possesses a deep databank of tools, expertise and resources
  • We have successfully developed credible in-house coaching competence for some of our clients
  • Combine global Big 4 consulting experience with our mentoring practise
  • We dove-tail a psychometric assessment facility with our executive coaching and coach training initiatives; and
  • Because we’ve worked in large multi-cultural corporations ourselves, we understand what it takes to succeed.