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OPINION: LETTER FROM KIGALI

Transforming Rwanda Digital transformation, the fourth industrial revolution, has the potential to deliver economic growth to Rwanda, but only if its talent can be nurtured We’ve arrived in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. One of Africa’s smallest countries, surrounded by Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is home to about 11 million people as well as a dwindling population of mountain gorillas. Kigali is also home to the 2016 African World Economic Forum (WEF) and I am here with colleagues from Johannesburg and London. The theme is: Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation. Talking to business leaders […]

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LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: LET’S GIVE REFUGE

With almost 60 million people in crisis, displaced from their homes, the EMCC conference in Istanbul reminded us to get in touch with our common humanity By Liz Hall I’m sitting on the deck of a cruise boat chugging along the river Bosphorus in Istanbul, along with fellow EMCC International conference participants. Lights of luxury riverside homes twinkle on our left. On one side of the sparkling bridge ahead lies Europe, on the other, Asia. Somehow, being here in Istanbul, it’s harder to ignore the plight of desperate refugees. Turkey is now ‘home’ to nearly two million displaced people. In […]

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Letter from New Zealand – refreshing kiwis

Sam Farmer Psychologists in New Zealand are carving a space for themselves in the coaching industry, with a little help from their friends Coaches have been working in New Zealand for a number of years. Some have formal coaching accreditation, for example, through the International Coach Federation (ICF), others through qualifications acquired overseas. Such opportunities are also sometimes taken up by psychologists entering the coaching arena. However, unlike in Australia and the UK, there are no formal pathways for psychologists. Galvanised by Sydney University’s Dr Anthony Grant at a coaching psychology conference in Sydney two years ago, I joined forces […]

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Letter from India – New Delhi dreams

M Rajsekhar Reddy India is waking up to the possibilities of coaching – now the profession needs to convince business of its benefits Coaching is a new profession for most of us in India. During 2007 programmes were introduced into the country via Bangalore by training provider FranklinCovey. Since then, Dharanipragada Satya Murty, ACC, and myself have undergone training and achieved International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials. Until last year, Indians could only become ICF credentialed at coaching schools outside of India. We faced a lot of constraints with such schools (time difference, accent, telephone disturbances and cost, for example). Satya […]

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Letter from Jordan — Shifting sands

Entrepreneurs in Jordan are using mentors to help them develop their businesses and boost employment figures John Hannon Is there anything I can do as a coach to help promote economic growth in some of the poorer countries of the world? Are there ways in which coaching and mentoring can make a difference on a global scale? How can I use my training and experience to help young entrepreneurs in the Middle East develop their businesses and employ more people? These were some of the questions that led me to Jordan in late March with the Mowgli Foundation. Mowgli is […]

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