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Beyond The Stethoscope

Dec 30, 2019

Favorite quotes of the episode: “There’s a big difference between being demeaning versus being demanding.”

“Workplace bullying is 4x more prevalent than sexual harassment, it’s a frightening statistic.”

“Give yourself permission to be your best self.”

“My whole mission in life is to bring more kindness to the world, but it’s not just kindness to others, it’s first and foremost kindness to yourself.”

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.”

“Work Hard, Play Hard, and Be Kind.”

Episode Overview

I kicked off 2019 with a promise to discuss big issues, big ideas and provide real-world actionable solutions that we can all implement in our daily lives as busy professionals.

In this episode, I talk with Marilise de Villiers.  She is the founder and CEO of Marilise de Villiers Basson Consulting. She’s a mover and shaker in the cybersecurity space and is changing the current landscape. She believes that people are the greatest asset when it comes to keeping organizations and society safe. Her approach is to coach and support cybersecurity executives on the design and delivery of effective people and behavioural change strategies.


Through her consulting, training and coaching she is on a mission to create high performing cultures. Integral to this work is her conviction that the workplace today is in dire need of more kindness, clarity, and engagement around a common vision in order to deliver world-class results. Looking past our differences and seeing the good in others can make our working lives a lot happier, more fulfilling, productive and profitable.


Your Career Path; you work in Cybersecurity, what made you decide to write your book roar?

What have you learned, that helps you show up as your best and most authentic self every day?

Just a guess, but I am I correct to assume that cybersecurity is a predominantly male profession, has it been hard to learn how to roar in that environment? 

Any insights for other amazing women navigating a predominately or historically male profession?

Suggestions for Roaring into the new Decade? 

5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? I do my innercise, which is akin to meditation, for 20-30 minutes before I do anything else.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? Get to that next level of life while maintaining relationships, and your health.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? Happiness for me comes from inside, it’s a contentedness, it’s gratefulness for what you have in your life. It’s a conscious choice I make every day.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? Progress, not perfection.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? The inability to be present, the fast pace running from meeting to meeting. We’ve lost the ability to be fully present and fully engaged.


Learn more about Marilise and her book:

Get your copy of Roar!:

Chicago Tribune Article, “Your Smart Phone May Be Ruining Your Relationships”:

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