Our Programmes

We design programmes around individual and organisational needs to survive and thrive.team session

All programmes are tailored to client needs but broadly fit into the following categories of work;

  • executive, leadership and management development programmes,
  • team and group interventions (e.g. to resolve conflicts, build capacity, learn courageous conversational skills, align strategy)
  • organisational development and design projects
  • one-on-one interventions including coaching and existential leadership psychotherapy.

We run women’s leadership and have extensive experience in diversity and inclusion measurement and interventions.  We also run the Advanced Leadership elective course on the MBA programme at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

Deeply embedded within our methodologies lies our strong belief that fast-tracking people’s maturation addresses many of the problems we find in our work, our personal lives and our organisational systems.

We have developed a number of products to measure and support maturity, personality and inclusion. Our primary products are the Aephoria Identity Map and InclusionIndex.

Aephoria Identity Map (AIM)


Our combined Identity Maturation (IMf) and Enneagram assessment tool, the Aephoria Identity Map (AIM) provides people with potent insights into their maturity and personality style and is a powerful way to begin any individual or group intervention.  Our assessment of maturity within the AIM report uses the Identity Maturation framework (IMf) and measures where people fall on an adult maturation typology. Our Enneagram personality assessment provides a transformational launch pad for individual and team development and has.

AIM’s unique combination of personality (horizontal) and maturity (vertical) development offers a holistic and in-depth view of the individual and their current development strengths and challenges.  It is the only integrated horizontal and vertical development tool of this type available in the world today.

The Enneagram and Identity Maturity sections of the report can be used separately or together. The Enneagram tool is time-efficient, cost-effective and accurate, offering client-centred reports that open the conversation for further development and transformation. 

The Identity Maturity test uses sentence-completion as methodology and the sentence stems cover a variety of organisational, leadership and existential themes that offer real value to development practitioners from a content and ontological perspective when working with clients. The IMf section of the test is being used very successfully to measure return on investment for leadership development interventions at individual, team and organisational scale. It also supports systems maturation to bring maturity in line with the solutions and changes being implemented in organisations to solve problems. 

The tool is available in English, isiXhosa, seSotho and Dutch, making it the first tool of its kind that is available in local South African languages other than English.

The tool is being used by mature, experienced coaches, organisation development practitioners and therapists around the world to support individual and systems maturation.

If you want to become accredited in the AIM tool, or would like to do an assessment, access sample reports or book a session with one of our accredited practitioners, please contact Aephoria on hello@aephoria.co.za for more information.

Inclusion Index

InclusionIndex is a unique, psychometrically-constructed instrument that enables organisations and institutions to measure diversity and inclusion.  It is one of only a few systems of its kind in existence today.  It is survey-based, easy to use and is mostly administered online through PC, tablet or phone and occasionally by using a paper-based approach.

The tool analyses how 10 academically-researched inclusion factors impact on perceived levels of diversity and inclusion across multiple demographic groups.  It is sent to participants at any level in the organisation, the survey contains 73 items and it can be completed in about 20-30 minutes.  As well as generating an overall organisational picture, the instrument is able to run specific reports across various demographic groups. It  produces metrics that supports clients to ‘score’ diversity and inclusion and monitor ongoing progress across unlimited demographic, departmental and geographic dimensions.  InclusionIndex has been deployed across a range of organisations in the UK and Southern Africa.  It has reached a total employee population in excess of 50,000 people to date.

The InclusionIndex is available in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans and can be translated into additional languages as required.

InclusionIndex measures the organisation against eight Inclusion ‘areas’ as follows:

  1. Senior Leadership – the extent to which senior leaders value Inclusion and behave in an inclusive way
  2. Immediate Line Managers – as above for line managers
  3. Values – the values and ethics of the organisation.  Perceptions and experiences of work/life and flexible working are also considered in this section
  4. Recruitment – the extent to which the recruitment process is perceived to be inclusive and free from bias
  5. Promotion, Progression and Development – the extent to which the promotion, progression and development processes are perceived to be inclusive and free from bias.  Is promotion driven by merit, or networks and face fitting?
  6. Fitting in – how much colleagues feel that they fit in to the organisation (important, given the UCT definition of what ‘inclusivity’ is)
  7. Bullying and Harassment – the extent to which individuals from different demographic groups experience bullying and harassment
  8. Dialogue – The level of publicity, communication and employee understanding of Diversity and Inclusion

In addition, the tool also measures two ‘engagement factors’:

  1. Organisational Belonging – levels of loyalty and commitment felt by colleagues for the organisation
  2. Positive and Negative Emotional Wellbeing – these measures highlight the levels of morale and distress felt by colleagues across the organisation over the last 6 months.

We are also able to integrate additional items into the quantitative 5-point Likert scale section of InclusionIndex as required.

Our Publications


We have in-house publications that support our work and our clients.

We have a number of in-house publications that support our work and are available to participants. The Cartography of life consists of three booklets exploring the Identity Maturation framework (IMf), the Enneagram and the AIM or integrated measurement system.
Julia has published a book on Steward Leadeship along with Prof Kurt April (GSB) and Kai Peters (Ashridge). This book provides the theory for the servant leadership programmes and is good reading material for anyone wanting to support their own maturation.

Aside from books, we publish papers and articles on a wide variety of subjects ranging from the Enneagram to existential thinkers to organisational development and poetry. These are available on request.