Free To Grow ignites purpose, passion and potential for growth within people and organisations so that both may thrive.
We do this by partnering with organisations to:
Nurture an agile and engaged culture that drives the organisation forward
Grow awareness and practical skills in leadersto lead change and strengthen engagement and performance in their teams
Strengthen respect, trust, understanding and connection in teams
Enhance psychological capital in individuals and develop the desire as well as the ability to perform and contribute according to their potential
Create a sustainable impact and value for local communities and society at large.
Our signature strength is our ability to create and consistently deliver transformative learning experiences that positively impact individual wellbeing and growth, organisational culture and performance and business results.
"I first worked with Free To Grow when I was appointed HR Manager at Sun International's Table Bay Hotel. The change management training was amazing and we continued to implement various programmes which helped Table Bay Hotel to become a finalist at the IMVELO Awards in both the Investors in People and Most Empowered Tourism Business categories. They went on to win the latter category.
When I moved to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel as Regional Human Manager, I immediately contacted Free To Grow. Needless to say, the training was once again a bit hit with staff and managers.
Free To Grow is a world-class company with amazingly relevant training in a diverse world. They have remained innovative and have been adding programs, defining and setting trends with the development of their content and I highly recommend them for any organisation."
Christelle Horne, General Manager
“Free To Grow stands out from other providers with regard to:
An iconic organisation:They set a new standard in all that they do: the design of their programmes, how they engage people in the learning experience, quality of facilitators, how they create buy-in and raise awareness before the programmes and the quality of their feedback during and after the programmes.
Professional service delivery: The ease of doing business with Free To Grow is outstanding. Their service is of a level we have never experienced before.
Amazing results:The programmes touch everybody’s hearts. We stand amazed at the impact Free To Grow has had on our business.”
Jacque Matthee, Organisational Development Manager, APL Cartons
“I was amazed at how far we have come through the process My people are on board like never before.”
Lotta Sylwander, Country Representative, UNICEF Vietnam
"The impact of Free To Grow on the morale and the atmosphere at the site was exceptional and the change in our people's attitude was mind-blowing a. It was almost immediate."
Florence Lekalakala, Talent Management Consultant
"Our journey with Free To Grow started in 2016 when they facilitated a strategic retreat for our team. Employee Engagement was masterfully unpacked - making it practical, visible and sustainable. In 2017, they ran 10 Inspiring Leaders to Engage workshops for our leaders. They provided an excellent learning environment and the impact on our people became visible immediately. We value them as a partner and highly recommend their work."
Margaret Otukile, Chief Human Capital Officer
“Free To Grow delivered a customised client service learning solution that is best in class, engaging and sustainable. We were spot-on in choosing Free To Grow to work with us as the programme received rave reviews from the delegates.”
Fumani Nkuna, Manager People Development (at the time)
“We had the best season ever, in spite of all our people attending the programme during peak season. Free To Grow, coupled with the operational improvement, had a positive impact on OTIF Performance, Internal rejects as a % of production, Annual Sales & EBIT and Operating profits/Payroll.”
Wicus Maritz, MD, Rotolabel (Division of Bidvest)
“Free To Grow supported the brewery teams at the different levels to mend the communication channels through open, honest and frank discussions. They provided a safe environment and earned the trust of people through their conduct to encourage employees to open up and share issues and barriers that kept the business from performing at the required levels. Feedback from employees at all levels of the business indicates a dramatic positive change in the way people communicate and interact.”
Johan Gouws, Technical Director, Nile Breweries
“Free To Grow exceeded expectations on all the interventions. The customisation process really ensured that the course content was appropriate to our environment and staff were able to engage on a much deeper level. The facilities that participated in Free To Grow’s programmes are now among the higher performing facilities in the Western Cape.”
Tracey Douglas, Deputy Director: Institutional Management Support
"When implemented at Devland, Free To Grow worked like magic. The level of commitment and ownership of our staff and team leaders increased dramatically. Performance improved significantly and relationships - including with the union - were much more collaborative than before. There indeed has been a remarkable transformation."
Moses Lubisi, Business Process Lead
“With Free To Grow’s invaluable help we’ve defined our organisation’s strategic roadmap to Operational Excellence. In this process, we’ve received the highest level of service excellence and their team continues to provide ongoing advice and services to meet our current and future needs.”
Melicia Mouton, HR Director, Imperial Logistics South Africa Group
"Free To Grow engaged our people and created learning and excitement in an impressive manner. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive both in terms of content and methodology. Participants were particularly happy that the programmes weren't theoretical but shared skills that could immediately be applied back in the workplace. They gave our leaders an opportunity to examine themselves, identify their strengths and potential and armed them with the tools and skills to go forward and lead their teams with confidence. We are already observing a positive shift in those who attended.”
James Maitho, Director Human Resources, Kenya
“Your programmes and facilitators are amazing and made a huge contribution. Your team is probably the most responsive and most professional I have ever worked with.”
Lydia Rolanda, AME HR Director
"I really want to thank you for the Free To Grow training conducted at Peninsula during 2017. You and your team have done an excellent job to roll out the training while we were also implementing LEAN. The impact on our people is visible in the way they now talk and it clearly indicates that the effect is lasting. Not all training has this effect on so many people. I received only positive feedback from all staff who were part of the sessions, I can also see the change in some them even during very short interactions.
The Shape session showed us as leaders in the Cape region how important organizational culture is and how leaders are influencing the culture and therefore our people’s behaviour."
"Our relationship with Free To Grow goes back many, many years so came to love, respect and deeply value the role you play. You guys are best in class when it comes to shopfloor communication and learning."
Charmaine Boshoff, Group Learning & Development Executive
"The Free To Grow model is visionary in identifying development needs which are relevant to everyday survival, at home and work. The content of the programmes is practical and relevant to the development of relationships and coping mechanisms of individuals and teams. The most significant differentiator of the FTG model is the quality of the consultants who can associate and empathise with their training techniques to meet the development needs of the learners."
Malcolm Green, COO Deli Spices
“TFG has partnered with Free To Grow (FTG) for many years and we have great synergy and alignment in terms of philosophy, style and culture. When we looked at putting in place a program to take into our businesses on the African continent, FTG was our immediate partner of choice! The material they produced was comprehensive, focused and exactly what we required to build our leaders and help us to transfer culture, the customer service ethic as well as personal insight and development. We will continue to partner with FTG as our outsource provider of choice for programs of this kind.”
Bev Jacobs, former Head of HR: Africa
“Feedback from line managers is that there has been a significant change in the employees. They have become more pro-active and have taken ownership and accountability for their performance. ‘The smell of the place’ has become extremely pleasant and more positive.”
9 months later: “Previously Pabod’s results in the employee engagement survey were far lower than our other breweries in Nigeria. This time it was on par with the others. Our performance has been the best it has ever been for a number of reasons, including the work done with Free To Grow.”
Yolande Chirwa, HR Director, Nigeria Breweries (at the time)
“We were particularly impressed with Free To Grow’s approach to the leadership training which was complemented with coaching circles to facilitate transfer of learning back into the workshop. The methodology kept participants active and engaged throughout the sessions and provided an open, enjoyable environment. Free To Grow has positively impacted on our people and contributed to their growth. We value Free To Grow as a partner and would not hesitate to recommend them.”
Irene Kamau, Group Head of Human Resources, Commercial Bank of Africa
"I was absolutely blown away by the impact WorkQ made on a team of disengaged people in our organisation. Here's a practical way of shifting the emphasis from the organisation 'transfusing' engagement through endless activities and campaigns year -in-and-out (often to no avail), to employees recognising their role in driving their own levels of engagement - a much for empowering and affirming approach!"
Delene Sechele, Head: Business Direct, Mercantile Bank SA
“Free To Grow as a service provider and the impact of their programmes are, in one word, phenomenal! When they work with you, they take your mission and values and put it under their armpit. They make it their own."
Reubenette Motloheloa, Global Lead: Leadership Development and Learning
“The result of the leadership and staff development was instantaneous. It was magical and by January 2018, the organisation had shown a growth rate of over 100% since January 2017.”
"I first contracted Free To Grow in 1996 for a large-scale City of Cape Town Lifeskills intervention. Ever since, I have recommended FTG wherever I worked and consulted, including the mining and health care industries. I recall how one of the mineworkers walked into my office tears running down his face. I jumped out of my chair, rushed towards him enquiring what was wrong, It was tears of joy. He wanted to share with me how the FTG course had changed his life. Everyone leaves a better person after attending an FTG course."
Elana Trautman, Head: Technical Training, Medscheme, AfroCentric Group
“Free To Grow has been running learning programmes for UCT since 2004. The impact has been tremendous. We have received exceptionally professional service from Free To Grow –service providers like this are as rare as gold.”
Kirsty Holmes, former Manager Staff Learning Centre, University of Cape Town
“We thought our company was performing well and that staff were adequately engaged to deliver required results until we were introduced to the Free To Grow methodologies. As a result of the work done to date, we have already seen significant shifts in the workplace engagement and an uptick in business results.”