Coaching in Africa (Togo-Benin-Ghana)
The world is becoming more and more complex so the need for us to work together to lead effectively is urgent. Culture and social environment have a deep impact on coaching results. Thus we believe that there should exist some specifics ways to coach people in West-Africa and getting better results than with the traditional ways.
New Dimension explores these specifics ways of coaching in West-African countries and businesses.
Spiral Dynamics - growing as a people
"Here’s the key idea. Different societies, cultures and subcultures, as well as entire nations are at different levels of psycho-cultural emergence, as displayed within these evolutionary levels of complexity. They have different centers of gravity. The previously awakened levels do not disappear. Rather, they stay active within the worldview stacks, thus impacting the nature and form of the more complex systems. Like the Russian dolls, there are systems within systems within systems. So, many of the same issues we confront on the West Bank (Red to Blue) can be found in South Central Los Angeles. One can experience the animistic (Purple) worldview on Bourbon Street as well as in Zaire. Matters brought before city council in Minneapolis (Orange to Green to Yellow) are not unlike the debates in front of governing bodies in the Netherlands. Countries and cultures are mosaics of multiple vMEME codes."
What IS Spiral Dynamics?
Spiral Dynamics describes human thinking in terms of an evolution of individual and societal value systems. According to the theory, each individual, culture, and society follows a succession in levels of thinking, that are characterized at each stage as a different value system that guides not only the person’s thinking, but their behavior, and their interaction with others, and the world around them. Each stage, for simplicity, has been organized into a color system that describes different value systems and ways of thinking.
The key things to remember when learning about these value systems and stages are:
New Dimension uses this theory in coaching and communicating with others, whether it is on an individual level; through professional coaching, via marketing; or in a more global sense. If we can understand where another person is coming from in term of their values and thinking, then we can tailor our communications to that person, audience, or community to foster a stronger connection.
How is learning about this going to benefit us in terms of our interactions with, and understanding of others?
For one, it reminds us that we are all individuals, with different value systems, ways of thinking, and different ways of interacting with the world. It therefore follows that we cannot assume that any individual does, or should think the same way we do.
As Coaches, if we can understand where our Clients are coming from in terms of their values and thinking, we can help them find solutions that are appropriate for them, and that will resonate with them much better!
Nancy Wijnants is
Profile Dynamics® Consultant
& certified ICF Coach
Mobiel: +32 (0)494 03 17 55
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