dr lisa kane

The ‘Start Finishing what Matters’ Course.

Do you want to:

Write a Book?

Run a Marathon?

Find time for Yourself?

Start a business or community organisation?
Revitalise your health/wealth/ family/community?
With the ‘Start Finishing what Matters’ course, you can get there.

Participants from 2023 set up a framing business, wrote a memoir, upgraded their online business profile and set up a women’s coaching circle.

Current participants are working on a business plan, a major career change, a journey into breathwork, a specialist website, a book project, an art exhibition and a family health drive.

Whatever your dream project, ‘Start Finishing what Matters’ can support you to make it real.

The course is based on the award-winning book ‘Start Finishing’ and the associated workbook by Charlie Gilkey of Productive Flourishing. We work together as a small group in a beautiful setting and I’m always on hand to hold and guide.

The workshops start with a short, guided meditation where we find our sense of well-being and balance. Through guided writing, participants are encouraged to reflect on their own lives.

I bring my experience from using the material for more than 10 years. The reflections in the group and the wisdom shared there is priceless. There are also readings from the ‘Start Finishing’ books, discussions and always laughter.


This is not group therapy, but participants often talk about the transformative power of self- and group- reflections, coupled with insights from the written materials.

I have many years of experience in workshops and group learning both as a participant and facilitator.

I aim to create an environment which is loving, respectful, insight-rich and structured.


  • To complete a dream project or, at the very least..
  • To understand where you are getting in your own way and what other blockages there are to you finishing what matters to you
  • To learn powerful tools for completing dream projects into the future
  • To have precious time and space to nurture yourself and your dreams
  • To delight in the company of others, who will inspire you and cheer you on


  • Twelve 2.5-hour in-person workshops
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small groups of 8-10 in a beautiful home setting in Rondebosch
  • Small groups of 8-10 in a beautiful home setting in Rondebosch
  • A one-on-one coaching session with me
  • Your own printed workbook in a folder to work through


The course will run from February 27 to 18 June. We will meet as a group for the first 8 weeks and the last 4 weeks.

  • Making space for your Best Work: Tuesday 27 Feb to Tue 19 March
  • Making space for your Best Work: Tuesday 27 Feb to Tue 19 March
  • Overcoming obstacles to your Best Work: Tuesday 28 May to Tuesday 18 June

Sessions will run on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 9:00 sharp, with the possibility of a second-morning group. If you can’t make a session, there is the possibility of attending a session via audio-link to the class, catching up with peer coaching, paid one-on-one coaching with me (at R750 per hour) or working through the material using your copy of the Audible book.


  • Twelve 2.5 hour in-person workshops over four months
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small groups of 6-10 in a beautiful home setting
  • Comprehensive workbook and handouts
  • Access to online ‘Productive Flourishing materials’


The price for the course facilitation, comprehensive workbook and access to ‘Productive Flourishing is R1650 per month for four months (discounted to R5800 if paid upfront).

R1800 for business (discounted to R6 600 if paid up front).

Have a dream you want to get done? Let’s chat.

I’m happy to do no commitment coffees or Zooms

If you have ideas which you want to get done in 2024, do email me for more info on lisa@lisakane.co.za

About Lisa

My brother always jokes that as a kid my nose was constantly glued to a book.

The glue was partly because of my bad eyes but also because I craved learning…about anything!

As an adult I became a course junkie.

I worked through degrees in engineering and then a PhD in sociology.

I soaked up as many personal development courses as I could along the way. My current favourite courses are in meditation.

Covid brought a world of knowledge to our laptops but I struggled to warm to them.

Online rooms lacked the full spark of human connection. Sharing relaxed time together in person felt richer, warmer and wiser.

So, when I was encouraged, post covid, to start an in person non-fiction bookclub, the answer was YES!

This group sowed the seeds for the ‘Start Finishing what Matters’ course.

I love Charlie Gilkey’s work with ‘Start Finishing’ and Productive Flourishing. It is so rigorous and yet clear.

The book has gathered up the best thinking in the field and packaged it in a way that makes sense and also works.

In the course, I love offering this powerful mix of insight and exercises. We start with finding purpose and projects that speak to the best of us. This talks to my love of personal development and growth practices.

We end with practical tools for personal project management, which draws on the problem-solving and discipline I learnt in engineering.

Most of all I love bringing groups together and sitting in a circle as we take our next steps together.

Lisa is flexible and able to slightly adjust a session midstream if required depending on the flow of the session and everyone’s responses to the material/exercises. She is also extremely open in sharing her own experiences in doing the course material and providing examples where needed, which is extremely helpful and encouraging.

I can unreservedly recommend Lisa as the course designer and facilitator.  I look forward to doing another course with Lisa in the future.

– Melissa PalmerLawyer

Thankyou to Lisa for creating and sharing such a nurturing space that seemed to block out any outside “noise”, where I felt encouraged and challenged to focus on ME in a creative and impactful way.

Not Therapy with big feelings, or business networking, with even bigger feelings kind of way, but a constructive-pay-attention!-you-will be a better-person-for-it way

– Dohne Price, participant