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Schuitema Group

Research-based Transformation

Schuitema Group is a consultancy dedicated to the enhancement of human excellence. We transform organisational culture by enabling individuals to live and lead through powerful values that allow companies to lift their brand excellence.

Founded and championed by Etsko Schuitema, we work with organisations, teams and individuals to understand and act on how their intent, or deeper motive, to give or serve produces success as leaders, peers, and individuals, together and for each other.


Our approach is based on groundbreaking and extensive research conducted by Etsko Schuitema in the mines of South Africa, and his subsequent work with many organisations in a multitude of sectors in the country and around the world.

Achieving Excellence

By using the Intent Thematic, and the Care & Growth™ leadership model, we excel at helping clients achieve excellence on three levels – leadership, team and personal.

The Intent Thematic is a set of ideas that articulates how success across three key areas of application, leadership excellence, team excellence and personal excellence, is accounted for on the basis of the intent to give or serve. The Care & Growth™ model is specifically concerned with what giving/service means in hierarchical relationships, and it helps leaders understand the necessity of nurturing and growing their people in order to succeed as a leader.

Our work has consistently proven that:

A failing business can turn around

It is possible to take a failing business, beset with industrial conflict and employee distrust, and turn it into a success story that can count on the loyalty and commitment of its people

Shift mindsets to thrive

It is possible for people to rise above the alienation and victimhood that besets individuals to achieve authentic personal mastery.

We have created a powerful management framework that has been used successfully in a variety of sectors, from banking to agriculture – in over 26 countries and on 5 continents – empowering individuals on all levels of organisations.

Our goal is to inspire leaders, teams, and individuals to realise even greater lives as well as enable ‘individual intent’ to transform the world in which we find ourselves.


The Intent Thematic is an exploration of human excellence in three areas of discourse:

1) Leadership Excellence – Dealing with hierarchy

2) Team Excellence – Dealing with peers

3) Personal Excellence – Dealing with oneself

Each of these areas shares a common thread: you can account for success in them on the intent to give or serve.

The Care & Growth™ Model

The Care & Growth™ Model, a sub-set of The Intent Thematic, is a universal leadership thematic that is based on the premise that we exist to serve the other, and in doing so, we actually serve the highest of our own self-interest.

“The model was born out of primary research done in the area of conflict and trust in management under the auspices of the South African Chamber of Mines Research Organisation in the 1980s. These were very significant times to be doing primary research on conflict and trust in South Africa.”

Our Team

Our team, based in South Africa, Pakistan, Sweden, and Canada, brings a wealth of knowledge to transform organisations across multiple sectors. Led by Etsko Schuitema, our experienced consultants work collaboratively in assessing issues through transformational diagnostic tools, training on all levels, coaching both teams and individuals, as well as consulting.

We work hand in hand with our clients to create strong, productive and respectful cultures.

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