People. Nature. Tech. Work. Business. Learning. Play.
Grow in Gratitude

As a startup –
building, growing a sustainable business
you are constantly developing your character and competence to embrace the ever-increasing responsibilities entrusted to you.

Tomorrow will be more challenging than today! [Prof. Hentie van Wyk, mentor & colleague]

To grow is to live. We grow in gratitude as we accept our lives and commit to relationships, work, play, rest etcetera. Our ability to generate joy at work, at school, at home, is greatly enhanced by our willingness to anchor our roots in gratitude.

Are you starting up a business or thinking about it, while taking action? Get in touch with Werner from 123CY to

  • Plan your business,
  • Grow your business impact
  • Develop precise communication skills – internal and external
  • Improve your productivity through discipline and technology
  • Enhance your practical innovation and problem-solving skills (and BTW, let’s talk problem-formulation, shall we?)
  • Smoothly pivot with resilience, by using robust business modelling techniques
  • Grow in stature, as a responsible business citizen of your country of residence

Improve your Value Proposition & ability to generate cash*

*Remind me to tell you the story of The Best Business Plan

Articles – Video, Audio & Text

On Being Remotely Human #5: Conflict, Trampolines, Einstein & Negotiation?

Text and graphic design by Werner Schmidt  | Photos by Flavius Les on Unsplash, Hannes Richter on Unsplash and https://eportfolios.capilanou.ca/  | Soundtrack, Autumn Leaves (arr.) by John Smit from SoundSphere Productions In this article, Turn your boardroom and kitchen table into trampolines with perfect tension, metaphorically speaking. Accept the tension, and even conflict, in every…

Online Coaching Conversations

Photo by Leon Seibert on Unsplash It’s the Internet of Things AND People Whether you are a business owner, director or executive* in organisations, university or at school, I am ready to engage in creative, constructive conversation with you, via any online platform that works for both of us.* Life-long learners, perennial growers and achievers With the miraculous…

The 123CY Promise

The 123CY promise includes coffee (or tea, if you or I feel like it) and constructive conversation.

I honour your story as fellow human and professional and meet you where you are on your journey. Always.

Online. Face-to-face. Wherever you need coaching conversations

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Introducing Werner

Werner Schmidt, founder of 123CY, is a startup coach, brand discoverer and creative (writer, musician, storyteller).

He coaches through creative, constructive conversation, motivational speaking engagements and workshops, blending ACT*, NLP*, story coaching (with djembe) and a wide range of strategic and operational experience, since 1994. Discover a startup coaching experience with a difference, by clicking anywhere on this sentence …
[*Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming]

Download Werner’s summarised career journey by clicking this sentence.

He is a registered coach, holds a B.Compt (Hons) from UNISA, a Masters in Commerce from the University of Pretoria, and is a CA(SA).

Husband, father (2 kids, 2 canines), friend, walker, martial arts enthusiast and pro-am member of The Pun Club.

Grow well, from moment to moment

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