Stuff a Stocking for a Kenyan Child

Where did the summer go? It’s September and the holidays will be here before we know it. While the sun is still shining here in England, it’s a good time to start thinking about giving.

Many of us have a long list of gifts to buy for family and friends for the holiday season. At Be Leadership, our shopping list extends to 100 preschool children from Kenya. If you’d like to get involved, we welcome your support.

At Be Leadership, we are passionate about creating a better world through the development of social leaders. To support this, we have developed the Beautiful World Campaign, whose goal is to create connections between communities, organizations and individuals for greater impact.

For the second year, we are sponsoring the Stuff a Stocking campaign, a project to bring the magic of the holidays to children in Kenya. This project provides stockings filled with books, toys,  crafts, sweets and hygiene products to 100 Kenyan children who are attending pre-school at The Karibu Centre in Thika, outside of Nairobi.

 

The Karibu Centre is a community program that offers pre-school, after school programs, and job readiness training for underprivileged families in Kenya. Their programs help children who may not otherwise be ready for state education prepare for school through high-quality, interactive learning. We are proud to partner with The Karibu Centre to offer some holiday love to the kids at Karibu by stuffing a stocking to be donated to each of their pre-school children.

If you are interested in supporting this project or learning more please get in touch today! If you would like to learn more about The Karibu Centre and their amazing work, or make a monetary donation to their work, please visit: www.thekaribucentre.com.

About the Beautiful World Campaign

The Beautiful World Campaign creates positive connections between communities, purpose-driven organizations and individuals. We work with selected people and organizations to establish meaningful connections, then support these relationships through clear contracting between the parties, through coaching, specialized training or consulting services from experienced members of the Be Leadership team, and through selected financial support.

2019 Finalist in the IoD Awards

We are excited to share that our Managing Director, Shannon Banks, has been named as a finalist in the IoD 2019 Director of the Year awards for London & the South. Shannon has a strong personal and professional commitment to driving positive social change, and therefore is particularly honoured to be shortlisted for the CSR category.

https://www.iodawards.com/london-south/the-london–south-2019-finalists

Creating a Better World

Managing Director Shannon Banks spent two weeks with her family volunteering at the Karibu Centre, in February 2018 and February 2019. Because the Centre encourages skills-based volunteering, Shannon spent her time in Thika working with the staff on leadership development.

The work has had a lasting impact. According to Luke Kincaid, a Board Member at the Karibu Centre and Founder of Organic Savanna:

“Action Learning is helping our team to communicate more effectively and make decisions with one voice. The improvements we’re seeing in our team translate to greater impact in our community.”

Shannon is proud to work with this amazing organization and to give back through pro-bono coaching. How are you helping to create a better world? https://lnkd.in/gnpfH9m

Upcoming WIAL Global Conference

We are looking forward to joining the coaching community at the World Institute for Action Learning’s Global Conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil in just a few weeks. Join us there – Managing Director Shannon Bankswill be giving a keynote on “Innovate and Collaborate! Design Thinking & Action Learning”

Register here: https://www.wialconference2019.com/

Stuff a Stocking: Bring the Magic of the Holidays to a Kenyan Child

At Be Leadership, we are passionate about creating a better world through the development of social leaders. To support this, we have developed the Beautiful World Campaign, whose goal is to create connections between communities, organizations and individuals for greater impact.

This holiday season, as part of the Beautiful World Campaign, we are sponsoring a project to bring the magic of the holidays to some children in Kenya. This Stuff a Stocking campaign will provide stockings filled with books, toys,  crafts, sweets and hygiene products to 100 Kenyan children who are attending pre-school at The Karibu Centre in Thika, outside of Nairobi.

The Karibu Centre is a community program that offers pre-school, after school programs, and job readiness training for underprivileged families in Kenya. Their programs help children who may not otherwise be ready for state education prepare for school through high-quality, interactive learning. We are proud to partner with The Karibu Centre to offer some holiday love to the kids at Karibu by stuffing a stocking to be donated to each of their pre-school children.

If you are interested in supporting this project please get in touch today! If you would like to learn more about The Karibu Centre and their amazing work, or make a monetary donation, please visit: www.thekaribucentre.com.

About the Beautiful World Campaign

The Beautiful World Campaign creates positive connections between communities, purpose-driven organizations and individuals. We work with selected people and organizations to establish meaningful connections, then support these relationships through clear contracting between the parties, through coaching, specialized training or consulting services from experienced members of the Be Leadership team, and through selected financial support.

 

Developing Social Leaders in Mumbai

Social leaders understand the true value of social impact and have the necessary skills needed to thrive in a modern work environment.

We are proud to partner with BNP Paribas as they develop their future leaders through innovative development workshops that take their leaders outside their comfort zone to work on challenges brought by social enterprises and non-profit partners. This month, we worked with 40 leaders and 6 partners in Mumbai. Next stop: Paris, France in November!

 

WBECS Session on The Future of Leadership

We are pleased to be joining the WBECS 2018 speaker lineup with a talk on The Future of Leadership, focused on the importance of social leadership in a modern workplace. Click here to register!

Be Leadership Managing Director, Shannon Banks, Selected as Finalist

 

We are excited to share that our Managing Director, Shannon Banks, has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Best Business Women Awards.

Debbie Gilbert, organiser of The Best Business Women Awards said “We were delighted with the number of entries this year, which came in from all over the UK. This is a tough competition judged by business experts. To be a finalist is a major achievement. Finalists have been selected for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity. Over 80% of start-ups fail in the first 3 years and all our finalists are all shining examples of being successful entrepreneurs who have proved their success to our judges.”

The gala final of The Best Business Women Awards will be held on 12th October 2017 at Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn, Hertfordshire; the winners will be announced at the final.

Many thanks to all of our clients for your business and partnership, which has contributed to this success.

 

What is Your Side Hustle?

Last week I had the privilege of being part of a team delivering a leadership development experience in Nairobi. As part of the program, we visited many local non profit organisations and met with Kenyan entrepreneurs. In one of the earlier conversations, a local leader mentioned her “side hustle.”

My last visit to Kenya was in 2010, and this term never came up during that trip. In fact, I had never heard the term at all before last week, but it quickly became familiar: As the week went on, I noticed that people brought up their side hustles in nearly every conversation I was part of. People were as likely to talk about their side hustle as they were their primary jobs, their families, or their education.

Kenya has quite an established gig economy and much of the population works in relatively short-term, simultaneous parallel contracts. Many others are looking for a second income stream to support a better lifestyle. According to a recent study, more than 40% of the Kenyan youth have a hustle, the second highest in Africa after Nigeria. However, what I learned from my conversations is that frequently side hustles are more than just a second source of income. I met people with side hustles as diverse as mobile phone repair, graphic design, hiring out tents for weddings and corporate events, selling crafts at a Maasai Market, and farming. Some people even mentioned their master’s degree or volunteering activity. Immediate income wasn’t necessarily a prerequisite – but passion seemed to be.

People’s eyes would light up when they talked about their side hustles. These were projects that people chose to spend time on. They were passion projects they made time for on the side, which often gave them energy as well as income. I heard about the number of acres a senior manager was farming and how she was distributing her produce. I learned about the techniques used to weave baskets being sold at the market. I heard about the number of hours a volunteer worked with the Kenyan Red Cross, and the number of phones repaired in a standard week. I heard all of these stories and left inspired.

I think we all need a side hustle.

What is yours?

 

 

 

(If you want to learn more about Kenyan side hustles, check out this list of side hustle ideas, or these inspiring women who have established successful hustles based on their hobbies and interests.)

Running in a Headwind

For the past couple of days, we’ve had really strong winds in Southern England. As a runner, I have noticed.

As a population, we spend so much time in the protection of our offices, homes or cars, we aren’t always aware of the changes in weather. But in the past few days, we’ve had gusts strong enough to rattle the car when you’re driving on an exposed part of the motorway. Winds this strong are hard to miss, so you can imagine that running in them isn’t easy.

On the first day of this weather, I came back from a run exhausted and discouraged. I had gone out to run a 5K and had come back missing the mark by almost half a kilometer. I was so hard on myself. I gave myself no credit for the fact that the weather wasn’t cooperative. Instead, I assumed I was just more tired than normal or that I needed to be more fit.

Later that day, I was at a client meeting and a strong gust picked up an outdoor table and blew it over. I only then acknowledged that my difficult run wasn’t entirely my fault.

As leaders, we sometimes work on projects where we feel like we’re running in a headwind. Things just aren’t going smoothly, we are not on schedule, and people aren’t delivering. Our energy lags, and we get discouraged and down. It’s easy to project this onto everything else and decide we don’t like our jobs, we aren’t happy in our work, or we aren’t successful. Or we blame ourselves for not having the skills or the smarts for the job. In actual fact, a change of project or environment can bring us renewed energy and allow us to perform at our best.

What headwinds are you running in? How can you find ways to turn around?