About Debbie Craig

Debbie has over 18 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership development, change management, talent management, high performance teams and organisational development. She has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally in the UK, Australia, South East Asia, China, South America and the USA. Debbie is a skilled strategist, design architect, team builder, a powerful facilitator, change agent and executive coach. Her passion is transformation and empowerment which she facilitates through individual coaching and empowerment workshops, team-development workshops, corporate training and consulting assignments and organisation wide strategic change interventions. Debbie is the founder and Managing Director of Catalyst Consulting which she has grown into a successful consulting company with her business partners and associates. She is a registered Master HR Professional through the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) and an Executive Professional Member through the IPM. Debbie has published 3 books; Accelerated - Learning for brekathrough results, “I am Talent”: guide to optimising potential and career aspirations and “I am Alive”: a guide to personal empowerment. She has also written numerous articles, appeared on radio talk shows, presented at conferences and does public talks.

Gamification in Action

We were recently privileged to speak at the L&D COP (center of practice) conference with the theme of Gamification. We shared some practical gamification applications such as how we gamified the Accelerated Learning books and workshops, our umu mobile engagement tool and our SimTalent Boardgame for building skill in managing talent effectively. During the session we did a umu […]

Energos – cutting edge data analytics for leadership and culture transformation initiatives

Energos: We have also recently partnered with Energos to bring cutting edge data analytics for leadership and culture transformation initiatives with a proven track record in incremental and sustainable shifts in behaviour which can be directly correlated to individual and business unit performance through the data. Build your own leadership capability index and grow your organisation’s leadership capability in […]

Grow Talent

Catalyst continues to play a pivotal role in the “Grow Talent” journey at our banking industry client through: developing a strategic approach to people management, developing leadership and technical performance and competency standards, aligning role profiles to strategy and standards at each level, doing skills assessments and building a talent and performance culture. This is setting the foundation for […]

ATD International Talent Best Practice – The 6Rs

I recently had the privilege of speaking and participating at the ATD International Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida. The Association of Talent Development (ATD) started in the USA, over 70 years ago and has developed into an annual international gathering of over 10000 talent and learning specialists from all over the globe, sharing their expertise, case studies, innovations […]

When unexpected change happens to a change catalyst

2015 started with a surprising twist. On the 1st January, I went for a hike in the gorgeous Drakenberg mountains to walk off the overindulging gremlins of the festive season. Towards the end of a stunning 3.5 hour hike, I slipped, fell and severely fractured and dislocated my right wrist. I was rushed off to hospital in Pietermaritzburg, had […]

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    From Passive Entitlement to Active Accountability for Career Development

From Passive Entitlement to Active Accountability for Career Development

“First think, second believe, third dream and finally dare.” Walt Disney

The world of work is shifting from traditional and predictable career paths, to relentless change, leaner structures, evolving roles, global opportunities, portfolio lives and a need to find meaning and purpose through the work we do. This leaves a lot of people uncertain, confused and anxious about how to […]

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    South African Organisations – Accelerated Learning Challenges

South African Organisations – Accelerated Learning Challenges

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

In preparation for writing our book, “Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results” we interviewed a number of active contributors in the learning field to […]

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Learning How To Learn

“Learning is one of the defining aspects of being human. Truly profound learning experiences change who we are—we change through learning. All learning involves thinking and doing, action and reflection. Learning changes what we can do—it is always active—you haven’t learned to walk until you walk.” Peter Senge

Learning is a lifelong natural process. We learn, grow and change continuously […]

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The Paradigm Shift In Learning

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard

The first paradigm shift in learning occurred over 500 years ago and involved the move from oral language to written text. The current paradigm shift is just as significant, moving from text based […]


“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.” Arie De Geus


  We are born to learn – but are we learning fast enough?

We are born to learn. From the moment we come into this world, we are learning how to survive, who to love, what to eat, what to avoid and how […]