Kimunya is a certified coach based in Kenya.
What motivated you to become a coach?
My passion is to co-create possibilities with people. It is about getting them into their 'light-bulb' zone then objectively and organically supporting them to thrive at work and life.
What do you typically talk about with a prospective client during a free discovery session?
Our conversation starts with setting boundaries. I help the prospective client appreciate what coaching is and the confidentiality therein. However, the main focus of the discovery session is listening to what the client's needs are. It is an intricate co-creation process that sets the tone for all future conversations.
What do you think it will take to have more companies adopt coaching as a leadership development tool?
We, coaches, must create credible awareness and clearly demonstrate the return-on-investment of coaching. This data-driven documentation should communicate the impact of coaching in Africa. We cannot afford to only depend on data coming from other parts of the world.
When and how do you use assessments during your coaching engagements?
Depending on the coaching needs/agenda from the discovery session, I may introduce a personality assessment at the beginning of the coaching engagement. Sometimes, a client may make a discovery that they need a deeper, objective knowledge of themself or their team and request for relevant support. This becomes a natural opportunity to introduce the personality profiles.
Do you prefer video or audio calls with your coaching clients, and why?
I have no particular preference for one over the other. My basic premise is that the client leads the engagement. I have actually coached some clients on audio only! Sometimes, internet bandwidth fluctuations occur in the middle of a coaching conversation. As a coach, I must be ready and willing to 'dance in the moment'.