Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.
Richard Branson
Mind and body is a systemic process. Sometimes we just need a little push.
“I am more motivated than ever before”
Astrid Ontong
"Engaging, interactive, fun, informative, life changing.”
Christine Schnell
“Fantastic course! Glynes was awesome.”
Lungani M - KZN

Who we are

Forward Thinking Institute (FTI) is 100% Black woman owned. The company is Services SETA Accredited and all courses provided are in line with SAQA and applicable Unit Standards. Short courses, seminars workshops and coaching form part of the full scope of work. We are specialists in:

Corporate Training

Are you currently in a Supervisory or Middle Management position and wish to take the next step?



If one human has done it,
that means it is humanly


Technical Training

Technical Training is outsourced to Procure Networks and can be facilitated on-site or off-site.



Investing in people, moulding forward thinking individuals & teams.


To take individuals from employment to long term career.
To take up their rightful place in the workplace and society.
To boldly move forward without fear.
To make a difference with every interaction.


Keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive – through a culture of innovation.
Respect for all and self.
Integrity in everything we do.
Serving with humility.
Passion for life and all living creatures.


FTI is Services SETA Accredited. We specialize in Training and Development, Coaching, Business Optimization Projects and Events.

The objectives of the company are:

  • To align with the strategic objectives of the client.
  • To provide hands-on training to staff at entry, mid and senior levels of the organization.
  • To provide sustainable training programmes that will give learners skills to cope and excel in an ever changing world.
  • To enhance formal training programmes with interesting, relevant and innovative learning interventions that will ignite creative thinking at all levels of the organisation.
  • To train, coach and retain talent for the business.

Corporate Training

Generic Management Training

This 12 month course is offered to Corporate Companies wanting to invest in staff who are ready to take on a Management role in the company. The modules are also available as Stand-alone accredited short courses. Successful candidates will obtain a certificate in Generic Management.

Leading Teams and Self

Leading a Team of diverse people can be a challenging and often daunting task. How do you get the best out of people at all times? How do you prepare yourself for the daily challenges? How do you ensure the team achieve their own and the company’s desired results?

Innovation Techniques

In today’s fast paced world of constant change everyone needs to have a mindset of continuous learning and improvement. FTI can assist with techniques to facilitate innovative and creative thinking.



What is Life Coaching?

Life Coaching is different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions your personal life, relationships or profession. This is done by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be. Here at FTI we approach our coaching by applying the principles and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.


    brain & nervous system


    language skills


    the automatic programs and unconscious habits we run on that determine behaviour

Coaching the NLP Way

Mind and body is a systemic process. Sometimes we just need a little push.

NLP is the study of the three and their interconnectedness. NLP is a wide range of fast and effective skills, tools,and techniques gleaned from many different disciplines.

Fitness and Stress Management

Let go and tune in to your mind, your heart, and your brain with gentle relaxed movements and techniques to manage your stress. Nothing strenuous – anybody can do it!

The Details

This does not work up a sweat so no showering required after the session.

  • Dress: Comfortable, no high heel shoes, preferably takkies or bare foot.
  • No yoga mats necessary.
  • These two programmes are designed to fit in with the client’s Employee Wellness Programmes and can be facilitated on site at the client’s premises or off site.

Samantha Bronkhorst

Masters degree in Stress Management. She will give you valuable techniques to manage your stress levels.

Samantha Fester

Professional Dancer and Fitness Instructor with work experience both locally and internationally. She is also pursuing further education as a Personal Trainer.

Entertainment for Corporate Events

FTI will provide a crew of artists who are all trained and experienced in dance, musical theatre, theatre, hosting and entertainment for Special Events.

The Entertainment is customised to the client’s requirements and ranges from:

  • Hosting Events
  • Entertainment for Fun Days
  • Corporate Themed Events
  • Teambuilding Entertainment
  • Ladies Club Events, etc.

Hosting includes Master of Ceremonies for Formal or Informal Events or Award Ceremonies.

Other Courses

FTI focuses on customising course content in line with clients’ strategic objectives.  The following are some of the courses that we conduct:

  1. Deliver Exceptional Customer Service
  2. Email Etiquette
  3. How to create an environment that promotes creativity and innovation
  4. Accuracy and Attention to Detail
  5. The Art of Goal Setting and Personal Mastery

Why choose us

A Manchester Consulting Group study of Fortune 500 Companies found that “coaching resulted in a ROI of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality.”

77% Improvement in relationships

67% Improvement in teamwork

61% Improvement in job satisfaction

48% Improvement in quality

What are the benefits of our services?

Coaching and training brings many wonderful benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. By using our services, you can expect appreciable improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals.

FTI is committed to providing Training that is aligned with the Client’s Strategic Objectives.

I have over 30 years experience in the Corporate world  more than half of which have been in Management/ Leadership roles. I have a B.Com in Communication from University of Johannesburg, MAP from Wits Business School, Train-the-Trainer Certificate from  Cape Peninsula University of Technology.  I am a Certified NLP(Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Life Coach.  I have done various other courses and have applied all learning practically in the workplace.

I have been actively involved in Coaching, Mentoring and Leading people and I am passionate about  the growth and development of people.

During my time in the Corporate world I have seen organisations struggle with People Engagement, Innovation and Creative Thinking  to be agile in a fast paced and ever changing business landscape.

So I asked myself a few critical questions –  Why is it such a struggle and is there something that can be done to make this easier? How do we get individuals interested, passionate, team players and actively involved in the growth of the company and themselves? What can we do to address the societal challenges we are facing in our country today and beyond?

And so Forward Thinking Institute was born in 2016.  The FTI journey is about leaving a legacy, sharing knowledge and moulding forward thinking individuals and teams, whilst having fun and living  purposeful life.


Pricing may vary depending on the customer’s requirements.

FTI will always first do a full assessment of the client’s requirements and provide a quotation based on the scope of work.


Pricing can be done per person or per day. Training can be provided on-site or off-site.

*Note: Pricing per person is subject to a minimum of 10 people. Venue, food and beverage will remain the responsibility of the client.


Pricing is per one hour session. Minimum five sessions. Reporting and Feedback sessions are charged separately.

Stress Management and Detox Yoga

Can be booked as a package or independently. Price is negotiated based on client requirements.


Pricing is based on the Scope of the Project.

Contact us

Are you ready to Be the BEST YOU?
Call now 082 890 3714 or write now:


Glynes Fester (Managing Director)
Phone: +27(0) 82 890 3714
Physical Address: 133 Mt Augusta Drive, Midlands Estate, Midrand Estates

Opening hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 16:00
Saturday: 8:00 – 15:00