Burgert Kirsten

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  • Burgert facilitates transformation in individuals, teams and organisations from being rigid, disconnected and unproductive to being adaptive, integrated and innovative.    He does this by creating a space for people to do their best thinking, access their creativity, leverage diversity and taking action in ways they never thought possible.

    Burgert is a registered Organisational Psychologist with the  Health Professions Counsel of South Africa. Currently he works as a full time team coach at Hetzner, South Africa’s leading webhosting company. He forms part of a coaching team that facilitates agility and self organisation to create a culture in which people and product can thrive.

    In 2013 Burgert completed a coach training programme certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) presented by Coach Development.  In 2015 he completed an advanced course in Organazational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) presented by CRR Global as well as a Workplace Results Coaching certification presented by the Neuro-Leadership Group. He is in the process of being accredited as a Professional Certified Coach with the ICF.

    Burgert has facilitated workshops on topics such as adaptive leadership, team innovation, collaborative creativity, vision and values alignment, facilitation and coaching skills and customer service at business schools such as the Gorden Institute for Business Science (GIBS), Wits Business School and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), as well as companies such as SAB Miller, Siemens Health Care Diagnostic, Discovery, Deloitte, The Spar Group and Mediclinic.

    Burgert is one of 28 certified Applied Improvisation practitioners in the world.  Applied Improvisation is the practise of applying improvisation skills to situations in business and organisational life. It loses its connection to theatre performance and forges a new relationship with work performance. To provide an even more solid foundation for this practise Burgert grounds the methodology in the latest research in Neuroscience.

    Burgert is the Co-founder of Playing Mantis Coaching and Facilitation Development.  Playing Mantis equips coaches and facilitators in the use of Strategic Narrative Embodiment Techniques (SNETs).  This methodology that he co-developed with his sister Petro Janse Van Vuuren Phd is rooted in Applied Theatre and Drama Therapy.

    Burgert is also an improvisational theatre actor and teacher.  He studied improvisational theatre at the IO theatre in Chicago USA and is part of the longest running Afrikaans improve comedy group  Lagnes.

    Last but not least, Burgert is a family man.  He is married to the beautiful, courageous and creative Lucille, mother of their twin daughters, Lila and Khari, and their son, Joah.


    Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching Training Series 2015

    CRR Global

    Results Workplace Coach Training Programme 2015

    NeuroLeadership Group

    ICF Approved Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) 2013

    Coaching Development

    Mcomm Organisational Psychology, 2008

    Stellenbosch University

    BA Hons. Organisational Psychology, 2003

    North West University

    BA Communication Studies, 2002

    North West University


    English, Afrikaans

    Industry Experience

    Finance, Insurance, Logistics, NPO, Engineering, Food & Beverages.

    Business Functions

    Organisational Development, Individual Coaching, Team Coaching, Keynote speaking & Facilitation

    Burgert’s Purpose in life is:

    To be authentic and present in all my relationships.

    To be adventurous and experience life to the full.

    To be a force of positive change in the world.

    To always be curious and open to learn.

    To love people and nature.