The Pearl’s Closet
by Linda Potgieter
God is the original Fashion Designer. We only have to read Genesis, Leviticus, Exodus…to understand how passionately He feels about color, style, and structure!
With that in mind, I believe it is to His glory when we get up, dress up and put our best foot forward. That doesn’t mean we need to rock 9 inch heels and red-carpet bling every day (although my friend, Micky Kline, had great fun vacuuming her house in a red dress and heels recently!), but I do believe it means we need to understand what we’re saying to the world through how we dress.
These past 2 weeks we explored 2 of the 4 primary personalities, and how they relate to how we dress. This week, we meet the Pearl, a beautiful, gentle, servant-hearted character whose preferences for clothing and style are perfectly aligned to her nature.
I passionately believe that fashion is a…
…relationship builder, a bridge between women. And the best story I can recall to this end comes from my beautiful Pearl friend, Liz Saenz, who used fashion to repair an important office relationship. She was having challenges with her manager, a strong, ambitious, outspoken, well-dressed woman. Once Liz understood her manager purely through observing her character through her wardrobe choices, she and I discussed how best to approach her manager in conversation and in meetings. This required a bolder and more direct line of communication, a small but significant change in Liz’s natural communication style. And in less than 2 weeks, Liz sent me an email reporting an incredible connection with her manager! All of this, through fashion.
So, let’s explore the Pearl together – you might have a Liz in your life who needs you to love and honor her in the same way that Liz honored her manager. Because we’re all connected!
Linda is a wife and mother, and Partner & Director of JPA Ltd, a global negotiation training firm headquartered in London. She is also Founder of LindaPaige, a fashion brand that empowers women to be a bold light on a hill in this world. Born and raised in South Africa, she currently lives in the UK with her husband and 2 children.
Linda started working at age 17 and spent most of her career in the corporate arena, often the youngest on the team enjoying powerful on the job training, learning from ambitious, accomplished executives what the marketplace wants.
Linda had the immense privilege of serving on former President Nelson Mandela’s PR team in 1998. As the final member of a team of 5, Linda and her colleagues organized the Vulindlela Water Supply Scheme in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, on Human Rights Day in March 1998. Awarded along with her team members for her performance in this role, she cites this experience as one of her distinct career highlights, referencing Nelson Mandela as her leadership standard in life, and continues her involvement today in fighting oppression and injustice.
After relocating to the UK in 2002, Linda won a national sales award in January 2006 from the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (UK) (ISMM) for ‘Best New Sales Professional in Britain’. She is passionate about sales and loves working with people, a combination that opened up fantastic career opportunities for her across geographical and cultural boundaries, working on negotiation training projects with some of the worlds largest brands such as Adidas, Network Rail, EON, Mercer, Nestle, Pfizer, Nokia, and Vodafone. Her clients cite her training style as “…highly motivational, passionate and performance impacting”.
Linda is extremely dedicated to her own personal growth and attends regular leadership training in the USA which she cites as life changing. On a personal note, she is an adrenalin junkie continuing her pursuit of the next thrill in adventure sports, she loves traveling the world exploring good food, good wine and when there are gaps, she is home socialising with her family and friends.