Hylton Gudmanz

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Hylton Gudmanz, director of Focused People Consulting, is a Competitiveness Consultant, Professional Speaker and Executive Facilitator.

Operating out of Johannesburg, South Africa, Hylton engages people across cultural and national divides, equipping individuals and teams to deliver their life's work excellently, often using his Quantum Skill Six-pack™.

Hylton is the Director of Focused People Consulting and an associate of the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue at the GIBS, Tools of Greatness and Page Management Group. He divides his time between leadership development, talent strategy and The Execution Model™. As a consultant, Hylton facilitates the alignment and engagement of team members, specialising in Work Identity and Transition. His column, in a popular e-newsletter, is read by more than 40 000 readers weekly.

Hylton completed a B.A. in Communications and African Languages (1994), and post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education (1995) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (then U.P.E.), leading to four years as an Educator, before venturing into the business arena as a copywriter, media producer and corporate trainer in 1999. He is currently studying his Masters degree in Personal and Professional Leadership through the University of Johannesburg.

Life's Work
Hylton worked with The Pacific Institute for seven years as an international Facilitator of capacity-building curricula and Project Director. His clients included the CSIR, Transnet, FNB, Imperial and emerging leaders in Alexandra township. Two years with Dreambuilders, a Durban-based management consultancy, led him to consult with the Mr. Price Foundation, Sasol and Wesbank. He oversaw the creative design team, dealing with corporate identity and brand development, and continued to coach young entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities.

In 2007, Hylton's deep passion for Leadership Development and Competitiveness led him to expand his private consulting work (within MTN, ABSA, Actom and a few NGO’s), promoting healthy organisational culture and optimise personal excellence. His proficiency in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa - and his love for diversity - allowed him to seamlessly operate in multi-cultural contexts and empower teams, in South Africa, Lesotho, Iran and Mauritius.

Hylton lives in Randburg with his wife, Kate, and their two sons, Ben and Nathan. When he's not inspiring people, he can be found drinking coffee, or writing and performing music.