Leilani van Rheenen

has been active in youth work, training and coaching since 2008. Her specialty is emotional intelligence, emotional fitness, since it is the primary ingredient in competences such as inter-cultural competence, learning to learn, cooperating successfully in teams, etc. Leilani’s contribution will combine the information and methods she has created with the vast array of tried and tested materials available. Leilani has developed herself as a trainer from the Salto training for trainers, but also from renowned coaches and authors, and adapted methods learned from these sources to meet the needs of youth workers.
  • Why did I choose this tool? I have noticed that a lot of material about conflicts is more theoretical than practical, so I took upon myself the challenge of connecting the theory about “stages of conflict” to an example that actually happened, to analyze a real conflict. and learn about its stages and consequently how it could be avoided/resolved. How…

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  • The Universal Declaration starts by recognizing that ‘the inherent dignity of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’. It states that human rights are universal – in other words, they should apply to everyone, regardless of who they are or their geographical placement. The Universal Declaration also includes civil and…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? This tool gives us the chance to delve deeper into the concept of culture; to see some common but inadequate conceptions about culture; to increase our ability to understand other people and to “get to the heart of the matter” rather than judging by what we seem to see on the surface; and generally,…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? The only way to be in control of our ego rather than letting it control us is to become aware of how the ego operates, and most importantly to differentiate between the ego and between our true selves. When we become aware of the ego and its operations, it can no longer “operate in…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? This tool provides not only the theory behind the use of power in communication, transactional analysis, but also an actual transaction that we can analyze in order to understand the theory better. Therefore, it is useful for understanding the theory as well as being able to apply it. How does this apply to being…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? When it comes to methods of raising self-awareness and capitalizing on the outcomes for the learners’ benefit, I have found no better method then understanding the needs that are driving behavior. I have developed this model through gaining insights from many different sources and also through observation of behavior, cause and effect. This model…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? This tool helped me to become aware of my own biases, which I previously was completely unaware of. With this awareness, I understand better the factors that are influencing my decision-making processes and am more equipped to be objective because I can choose not to act according to my biases. How does this apply…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? I’m currently doing a master on Innovation in European Business, and since change is essential for innovation of any kind, the topic of change and the different stages of change has been addressed in detail. It’s a major issue that organizations spend a large amount of energy and funds into because it determines whether…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? This topic is very close to my heart, as I have been through major paradigm shifts and changing beliefs more than once in my lifetime. Because of this I fully understand what would cause someone to hold on tightly to their beliefs even when they are wrong, what would cause a change to happen,…

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  • The iPhone culture

    Why did I choose this tool? I have seen firsthand the clashes and intensity that can ensue between people who embrace different “cultures” (iPhone vs. android, pc gamers vs. console gamers, Pepsi drinkers vs. cola drinkers, etc.) Based on this I have made the connection between these kinds of clashes and the clash of different and seemingly opposing cultures on…

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