Debbie Goodman-Bhyat

CEO | Entrepreneur | Dancer


Debbie is the founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, Africa’s largest executive search firm.

For more than 20 years, she has partnered with some of the region’s top corporations – helping them find great leaders for executive and board appointments. She is currently living in the US, extending Jack Hammer’s footprint to California.

Debbie’s latest start-up business, Virtual Coaching Partners, is a unique digital platform that uses AI to connect entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals with world class business coaches. 

Her first book, “IntheFlow – Taking Mindfulness to Work”, was listed in the ‘Top 10 Best’ South African business books. Her next one, ‘Inside the Interview – The Secret to Great Hiring Decisions’, will be published in 2019.

“Entrepreneurship and leadership provide daily opportunity for creative endeavor. I love being immersed in this ‘business’, where mastery requires rigor and passion, and the demands for excellence are relentless. Almost as tough as being a dancer.”

New Book: Inside the Interview

We all know that there is a tremendous amount of artifice and ‘game-playing’ that takes place in an interview. Everyone is on their finest behaviour, trying to show themselves off at their best. It’s a courting ritual, a masquerade ball, a show. And as a result, it’s really hard – and takes time and skill – to figure out what’s actually going on behind the mask. But master the basics, and your hiring results will shift immediately.


Debbie’s keynote presentations are geared for entrepreneurs and leaders. Topics include ‘Taking Mindfulness to Work’, ‘Love the Cow’, and ‘Inside the Interview’.


Debbie offers one-to-one personalised coaching to entrepreneurs and leaders who are at key pivot points in their entrepreneurial journeys, or careers.


A collection of articles, news and personal insights on life, work and leadership. Read the latest from Debbie.

Success Stories

“Thank you for rocking the Mindfulness Masterclass this morning, and for skilfully facilitating- whilst remaining human, relevant and easy to identify with. It was fantastic.”

Helene Lindsay, Head of Customer, Red & Yellow Creative School of Business

“I would like to thank you for your great presentation. It took me time to absorb and reflect the key points and I must say I love it! Will be happy to know where I can buy your book as I want to buy if for my EO board here in Israel.  I think they deserve to read and adapt your great perspective. Thank you again!”

Lior Nabat, (former) EO President, EO Israel

“A huge thank you from all of us at SAVCA for your support and valuable contribution to making SAVCA 20/20: Hindsight. Insight. Foresight. a reality. The positive feedback has been overwhelming and your session has been so well received – there has been a request for more exposure to you / your organisation.”

Tanya van Lill, CEO, SA Venture Capital Association