A Week-long Celebration: International Coaching Week in Nigeria
Monday: Unlocking Potential – Bringing Self-Awareness to the Coaching Process
International Coaching Week (ICW) in Nigeria started with an informative webinar that focused on helping coaching clients build self-awareness using psychometric assessments. The webinar was presented by Kirsty Pott of the South African company JvR Academy.
Starting with the meta, the facilitator introduced the ICF Nigeria Chapter to an assessment that focused on entrepreneurial potential and disruptive talent. Next, the facilitator spoke about an emotional intelligence and EQ-i assessment. The Hogan assessment was next, and Pott highlighted how it speaks to potential, challenge and values.
Finally, Pott described the MBTI and how it could be used for various coaching topics, including leadership, decision making, conflict and managing others. Pott ended the presentation by reminding everyone that assessments are only a tool and that “a solid understanding of the individual can help coaches better harness the strengths of their clients to more effectively change and develop to be the best that they can be.” A total of 30 coaches were able to attend the webinar and receive a certificate of participation.
Tuesday: Who Needs A Coach? Visit to Beiersdorf
On Tuesday, five ICF Nigeria Chapter members visited the FMCG company Beiersdorf. Toyin Ademola started the visit with a presentation on coaching and the positive impact coaching can have on careers and personal lives. After the presentation, several members of the Beiersdorf team received coaching from chapter members. In total, 15 members of the office received coaching. After the sessions, the office expressed interest in wanting to continue to receive coaching.
Thursday: Coaching for Organizational Efficiency University of Ibadan
Five chapter members introduced coaching to University of Ibadan Head of Departments and other staff members. The first set of presentations were with the entire group of over 65 participants. The chapter members gave the following presentations: Samson Umurhurhu spoke on “Who Needs a Coach,” Adaora Ayoade focused on “Coaching as a Leadership Tool,” and finally, Adeyanju Olomola talked about a case study on coaching for organizational efficiency.
After lunch, three parallel breakout sessions were held:
- Samson Umurhurhu facilitated emotional intelligence
- A decision-making group was led by Akua Nyame-Mensah
- Sunny Enebi presented on problem solving
During the breakout sessions, the facilitators introduced coaching to the participants and allowed them to experience coaching in a group setting. Once again, participants expressed a keen interest in learning more about coaching and having the opportunity to be coached again.
Thursday: My Coffee Pro Bono Coaching
Twenty-three people were coached in this year’s pro bono coaching cafe done in partnership with the company My Coffee. Eleven coaches were involved in the pro bono sessions located at the Victoria Island branch of the coffee shop. Feedback from those who participated in the coaching was positive.