NEIL BIERBAUM has been an executive, leadership and life coach since 2005. He offers coaching programs for corporate executives and teams, and for private individuals, all directed at moving to high performance and greater personal effectiveness.

“Personal Effectiveness means having the personal power to consciously achieve optimal performance in service of your most meaningful goals while remaining present and peaceful in the midst of life’s turbulence.”

Neil has thousands of hours of coaching and training experience at the highest level and has worked with corporates from a CEO level down, as well as celebrities and high performing entrepreneurs. He is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Neil is an award-winning features writer and currently contributes to various magazines. He was the founding editor of two men’s magazines in South Africa (Directions and FHM), and has since operated as a media consultant and Internet entrepreneur, which included two years as managing director of an Internet services company. He holds a commerce degree, has auditing experience, and studied psychology.

His clients benefit from his all-round experience and high levels of clarity, creativity and commitment. By combining his broad range of people and process skills with management and coaching experience he supports executives, teams and individuals to create a platform for maximum creativity and productivity and, most importantly, to produce results.

“Great coaching is invisible. It leaves you feeling that you created the solution for yourself, and this is necessary for adoption and integration. It should not feel like work, but liberation. It should create independence and self-sufficiency, and leave you feeling inspired and having the tools to continue to grow.”


Academic Background

B.Com (Economics, Business Administration)

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Coaching Training & Certification

Coaching Diploma
(2005; Creative Consciousness International; ICF-Accredited Coach Training Program)
Diploma: Professional Trainer
(2007; Creative Consciousness International; ICF-Accredited Coach Training Program)

Summary of coaching experience

One-on-One Coaching
2,000 hours from middle management up to CEO/director/owner level
Coach Trainer
2,500+ hours for a global ICF-Accredited Coach Training Program
Public Workshops
500+ hours, including The Authentic Success Program for Men and the Financial Diamond Wealth Education Program

Profiling tools & processes

Ennea International
Enneagram practitioner
5LQ Practitioner (the Five Lenses including the enneagram)
Team Facilitator

iOpener Institute
The Science of Happiness At Work

Wealth Dynamics
Wealth Dynamics Report


The following books authored by Neil are available on Amazon:

The Conscious Leader: 52 Leadership Maxims

neil bierbaum bookShort, pithy, poetic and powerful leadership insights for the modern world.
Written in a style drawn from the ancient wisdom tradition but with relevance to the modern leadership context.
None of the usual cliches here, these are original and hard-hitting and will expand your perspective.

You can read this book in one sitting. However, you would do better to read one maxim a week—there are 52 after all—and use it to support your self-development process. You can also dip into it when you are dealing with a conundrum and need guidance—either by focusing on the problem and opening to a page as you feel guided or by using the quick reference guide at the end to select a particular theme.

This is a book that you’ll want to keep near at hand, and refer to often.


To ask a question or make enquiries, contact Neil.


“My core approach is a practical one. I have spent 20+ years on a personal development journey, including the practice of various forms of meditation, while operating in a business context. I also spent five years (2,500+ hours) training coaches in the methodology of Consciousness Coaching. As a result I specialise in coaching clients towards the practical application of mindfulness for optimal performance, a result which I call Personal Effectiveness.

“People high in personal effectiveness experience being authentic, peaceful, powerful, confident, caring, conscious, and successful.

“Since all human endeavour is achieved through one’s efforts in relation to other people, my sessions are always targeted at improved performance through a greater awareness of self in relationship with others.

“Converting insights into actions, and measuring those actions, is key. Developing practices to support the process embeds the new insights and actions as productive behaviour patterns.

“I have worked in corporate and entrepreneurial environments, in the areas of sales and operations. I have managed teams in high stakes, high performance environments. I have tested everything I teach and I know what works to create real results!”