ATtitude. changes. culture.

WE EMBRACE THE TRUTH OF BEING HUMAN

The result of deep introspection will always land at the same destination - unreserved humility. No matter what great feats we as humans or organizations accomplish, ultimately we are human. We have strengths and weaknesses. We can grow and we can regress. We can acknowledge the human factors that optimize our environment to enable success or we can ignore them and open ourselves and others up for failure and accidents.

We help organizations become better versions of themselves.


With care and respect we help you find the truth in your organizational culture.


We help to establish those attitudes you desire most from your people.


We effect change for good where it is needed most in organizations and communities.

Meet Our Founder

A cultural revolution during my formative years in South Africa inspired me to seek out a career of significance supporting my country. This desire, combined with my drive for excellence and care for the safety of others, drew me towards aviation. I was honoured to have my deed of commission as officer and combat instructor pilot into the South African Air Force signed by President Nelson Mandela in 1995.


As a fledgling pilot, I was exposed to the inherent risk associated with the aviation industry. This pushed me to learn more about making the environment safer for myself, my colleagues and those keen to enter the industry. Twenty years later, with a Masters in Aviation Management, specializing in Human Factors and Business, I have become a sought-after instructor, coach and trainer, truly realizing my calling. I am fascinated with the impact of human interaction and psychological principles (a.k.a. human factors) in the work environment and how these aviation principles can be used to increase productivity and enhance safety across many industries. Ultimately, this led to the launch of SAPIENS@WORK.


SAPIENS@WORK helps organizations evolve from where they are today, to where they want to be. We translate scientific research into powerful actions to transform your intercultural and organizational challenges into business success stories. We make abstract concepts tangible using a data-driven approach. We apply scientifically proven levers to optimize your existing social structures, improve efficiency, reduce human error and create a truly inclusive environment allowing all your stakeholders to thrive.


A healthy and dynamic culture is critical to the success of any organization. Creating one that supports safety, constructive collaboration and positive results is our priority.

"Attitude. Changes. Culture."

Chris VanderWalt

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Chris vanderWalt

Founder and managing director
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Credentials

Master of Aviation Management with Distinction
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
Commission by President Nelson Mandela
Crew resource management trainer examiner
Crew resource management trainer
Airline Transport Pilot License
Air Force Instructor Pilot
Royal Aeronautical Society

Meet Our Founder

Chris vanderWalt

Founder and managing director
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A cultural revolution during my formative years in South Africa inspired me to seek out a career of significance supporting my country. This desire, combined with my drive for excellence and care for the safety of others, drew me towards aviation. I was honoured to have my deed of commission as officer and combat instructor pilot into the South African Air Force signed by President Nelson Mandela in 1995.


As a fledgling pilot, I was exposed to the inherent risk associated with the aviation industry. This pushed me to learn more about making the environment safer for myself, my colleagues and those keen to enter the industry. Twenty years later, with a Masters in Aviation Management, specializing in Human Factors and Business, I have become a sought-after instructor, coach and trainer, truly realizing my calling. I am fascinated with the impact of human interaction and psychological principles (a.k.a. human factors) in the work environment and how these aviation principles can be used to increase productivity and enhance safety across many industries. Ultimately, this led to the launch of SAPIENS@WORK.


SAPIENS@WORK helps organizations evolve from where they are today, to where they want to be. We translate scientific research into powerful actions to transform your intercultural and organizational challenges into business success stories. We make abstract concepts tangible using a data-driven approach. We apply scientifically proven levers to optimize your existing social structures, improve efficiency, reduce human error and create a truly inclusive environment allowing all your stakeholders to thrive.


A healthy and dynamic culture is critical to the success of any organization. Creating one that supports safety, constructive collaboration and positive results is our priority.

"Attitude. Changes. Culture."

Chris VanderWalt

View More

Credentials

Master of Aviation Management with Distinction
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
Commission by President Nelson Mandela
Crew resource management trainer examiner
Crew resource management trainer
Airline Transport Pilot License
Air Force Instructor Pilot
Royal Aeronautical Society

OUR CONSULTANTS

Jaco

Jaco van der Westhuizen, PhD

Human Factors Consultant

As an Air Traffic Controller and Human Factors Specialist in the aviation industry, I am experienced and skilled in Safety Management Systems. I bring expertise in the design and implementation of human-centered safety programs solutions, based on complexity theory and systems thinking. I attained my PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Pretoria.

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Richard Greef

Airline Pilot

Richard has been flying for 32 years, since his first flying lesson on his 16th birthday. After leaving school, he joined the military where he was trained as a fighter pilot and an instructor in the South African Air Force.

Today he is an experienced airline pilot who has flown as a first officer and a captain for various airlines and is currently a first officer flying Boeing 747’s for an Asian cargo airline. When not flying airliners he can often be spotted at his favourite flying club flying classic light aircraft.


His extensive military, training, airline and volunteer experience has helped form a solid foundation of knowledge in human factors that he is eager to share with people from any background and assist in applying in any environment. He has a passion for the psychology behind human factors in the aviation environment and sees a very strong correlation between his industry and the potential for cross pollinating what he has learnt into other environments in other professions.

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Prof. Henri Bezuidenhout

Professor of International Trade 

As a professor of International Trade Prof Bezuidenhout have built up teaching and training credentials at home and abroad. He teaches various International Trade subjects at post-graduate level at North-West University incl. Policy, Marketing and Cross Border Business Principles. He has taught related work in Thailand, Finland, The Netherlands, and the USA. He has written more than 20 peer reviewed papers on Foreign Direct Investment, Investment Promotion and Export Promotion in Africa. He has presented his research at conferences from Indonesia and Hongkong to Canada and the US.

Prof Bezuidenhout’s passion, that arose from his research on doing business in Africa, Is the importance for Cross Cultural Competency in Leadership Across Borders. He is the only person in the world holding all 7 major Cultural Training Certifications. He has also visited more than 50 countries and worked with people of more than 110 countries.

  • Cultural Intelligence Center: CQ certified Comprehensive incl Unconscious Bias
  • Richard Lewis Communications: Teaching Cross Cultural Competence course (Level II)
  • INSEAD Erin Meyer: Leading Across Borders and Cultures
  • Hofstede-Insights: Associate Certified Partner in Intercultural management and Advanced Organisational Culture
  • Trompenaars Hampden-Turner: Certified Licensee in the 7 Dimensions of Culture and Dilemma Reconciliation
  • Berlitz TMC: Cultural Orientations Approach Practitioner
  • ICI Knowledge Workx: Inter-Cultural Intelligence Certified Practitioner 

Supporting his teaching and training credentials, Prof Bezuidenhout is also a certified executive coach with International Coach Federation and Gallup StrengthsFinder Certifications. As a coach his focus on High Performance Executive Teams and Organisational Transformation.

  • International Coach Federation – Associate Certified Coach with more than 500 hours of Coaching
  • Advanced Certified Gallup Strengths Coach: High Performance Teams

Most recently he completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Lead Certificate program, Prof Bezuidenhout is consolidating His background, qualifications, and passions in Intercultural Leadership Development through Personal, Team and Organisational Change and Development.


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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • North American Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Member of Training Review Panel

  • Royal Aeronautical Society - Member

  • British Psychological Society - Associate Member

  • Canadian Positive Psychology Association - Member

  • Royal Canadian Legion - Full member as Commonwealth Veteran

  • College of Professional Pilots of Canada - Member 

  • International Civil Aviation Organization - Airline Transport Pilot Certification

  • International Coach Federation - Member​
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