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In-Person and Cyber training and therapy/counselling)

Examples of how we can add contextually relevant value:
Face to face and online

It’s now more important than ever to evaluate your productivity and mental wellness.

We do not prescribe to off-the-shelf packages. All material and interventions are customised to serve the individual's unique needs and the organisation's strategic intent.


Instead of meeting face to face, we could also have sessions online via any of the followings media:

video call


Video Chat

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Personal- and interpersonal development:

Anger management


Behavioural problem therapy

Building resilience

Conflict management

Emotional Intelligence

Life Coaching

Substance Abuse & Addiction

Trauma Counselling

Managing performance


Climate surveys

Customer centricity

Job profiling

Leadership development

Managing transformation


Team alignment




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The PODS Way is all about exceeding our clients' expectations. With each project, we are not satisfied until we have surpassed our clients' expectations for improving customer satisfaction, quality, service, productivity and profitability.

We also exceed expectations with our easy-to-work-with style and because we actively involve our clients in every step of our work.


Our approach


The increasingly important role of Human Resource Management (HRM) is reflected in the transformation of the personnel management function from one of concentrating on employee administration and an industrial relations safeguard, to one of managing people in a way, which matches organizational and individual goals.


Our emphasis is on partnering organisations in this effort to generate sustainable, relevant, affordable and engaging human resource related development solutions.


Sustainable - We observe, listen and reflect to help identify new insights, create the time and space to help think about new innovations and apply pragmatism and persistence to help source and deliver useful and useable outcomes. Successful long-term change is achieved via persistent project design, planning, implementation and nurturing. That means we are accountable for sustained implementation results, not just for developing recommendations. We network with people with whom we have a longstanding relationship and most of our new work is generated by word-of-mouth.


Relevant - Solutions are tailor-made and based on questions and issues important to the clients organisational culture, industry, and current and future organizational and development-specific issues.


Affordable - Our unique management structure and business partnership philosophy allows us to offer you affordable management consulting services at prices well below the industry standard. We are flexible in working within your fiscal calendars and cost constraints. Where additional expertise is required, strategic alliances may be formed with other credible companies within the same outline agreement.


Engaging - Securing the understanding, buy-in and desired response from key stakeholders is critical to our success. This entails amongst others winning the trust of employees via internal marketing (e.g. newsletter) and creating opportunities for dialogue.

Gerhard Schröder Annaliese Rix DNA



We have a proven track record of developing positive, long-term relationships with companies. Our client list comprises Multi-nationals, Public Sector Organisations and SMEs in a wide range of sectors:

Action Ford (automotive)

Astute (financial services)

ATKV (cultural, self-catering resorts)

Audi (automotive)

BMW (SA) (automotive)

Daytona Group (automotive)

Dulux (specialist paint centre)

Forever Resorts (hotel, self-catering resorts)

Hoërskool Eldoraigne (educational)

Hospice (palliative healthcare)

Imperial Logistics (North East Carriers) (transport)

lthemba (counselling centre)

LS4 (community policing forum)

No Limits (sportswear manufacturer)

PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)

Sasol (Infrachem; Sastech; Project Talentgro) (petrochemical)

UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)

UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

Van Rhyns Attorneys (legal)

Vukani Gaming (V-Slots) (gambling)

Zydus Healthcare SA - PTY Ltd. (pharmaceutical)

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Gerhard Schröder Annaliese Rix Bio

Annaliese Rix and Gerhard Schröder, both drawing on extensive credentialed experience, have left their footprints in the hearts and many unique stories of individuals and organizations in many parts of the world.
At a time where corporate wellness is a crucial piece of the employee engagement and productivity puzzle, this partnership combined in 2015 (People and Organisational Development Services - PODS) to enhance their organizational and individual talent management experience to strengthen their abilities to identify areas of improvement and optimization, and sustainable value to the individual, team and broader organization.
We champion integrity, trustworthiness and responsibility as our core values.


Annaliese Rix Social Worker
  • Anger Management

  • Behavioural Problem Therapy

  • Divorce Counselling

  • Family Therapy

  • Grief / Illness Counselling

  • Life Coaching

  • Marriage Counselling

  • Mood Disorders

  • Play Therapy

  • Rape / Abuse Counselling

  • Substance Abuse & Addiction

BA Social Work (4 years)

Over the past thirty-two years Annaliese has left her footprints in the hearts and many unique stories of people in many parts of the world. Irrespective of the context, i.e. as a Social Worker (SACSSP: 1008433), Psychosocial Counsellor, founder and Director of a successful Professional Counselling Centre, or despite her dedicated role as a mother of three, she also served on the Technical Work Group of the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS). This has enabled her to develop a range of counselling, therapy, and business-related competencies.

Gerhard Schröder Management Consultant
  • Customer centricity

  • Human resources development

  • Managing performance

  • Managing transformation

  • Mentorship

M Com Human resources management (Cum laude)

Very similar to Annaliese, Gerhard’s journey over the past thirty-two years has allowed him to make a difference in especially the Corporate environment (Organisation -, team- and individual development), as a credentialed business consultant, executive director, change agent and as an Industrial Psychologist (PS49425 – HPCSA). This has enabled him to develop a range of leadership, coaching and business-related competencies.





Since PODS (People and Organisational Development Services - PODS) began in 2015, we’ve provided our services to a variety of businesses. On every project we undertake, our most important objective is to relate with clients and understand their core necessities and goals. Below are some examples of the work we’ve done - take a look, and get in touch to learn more.

  • Conceptualised and guided a large-scale cultural transformation project; climate surveys; job profiling; provided individual coaching; facilitated team alignment sessions; conducted individual assessments and developed and facilitated a two-year modular management and customer experience development programme at a tourism and hotel group (3 years).

  • Functioning as a strategic "Human Capital Optimization Partner” at a multi-franchise supplier of high-end luxury vehicles: helping to facilitate a higher-performing customer-centric dealership group as a business-driven, value-adding function - increasing efficiency in hiring and retention (job profiling, screening, short-listing, interviews); implementing performance management (job profiling, performance requirements, training needs assessment, performance reviews, talent pipeline); facilitating soft skills training sessions (e.g. Leadership, Customer centricity); providing individual coaching and played a key role in the improvement of the customer satisfaction index (CSI).

  • As General Manager (fixed term) embarked on an integrated transition strategy at a Hospice, implementing multiple initiatives (Human resources - improvement in productivity - % of labour cost; Image/Branding - improvement in Stakeholder relationships, improvements in the visual character; improved patient-centricity; Retail Centre – improved differentiation of higher value items, decreased pilferage, improved sourcing, improved donor interface)

  • Facilitated individual development programmes (Conflict management; Assertiveness); team alignment; individual assessments and customer centricity, at a German car manufacturer and its dealership network

  • Participated in the draft proposal for The South African National Drug Master Plan 2012 - 2017

  • Professional representation of Injecting Drug Users as a Key Population at a "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" (CDC) and "President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief" (PEPFAR), playing a key role in MMT/OST (Methadone Maintenance Treatment/ Opioid Substitution Treatment) being recognised in South Africa

  • Facilitated individual assessments; provided individual coaching; facilitated team alignment sessions; and designed and implemented management development (two-year modular programme) at a cultural and self-catering resorts group

  • Facilitated Human Resource strategy alignment and numerous team alignment sessions at a South African-based international chemical and fuel company



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