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The business of being human

Today, constant change, accelerating pace and unrelenting complexity mean increased demands on both business and the individual. We need to change our behaviour if we are to optimally perform in this new environment. 

Now, more than ever, we as humans need to differentiate ourselves from technology by understanding and executing on the essence of our humanness – that is our imagination, creativity, social and emotional intelligence, our wellbeing and our passion. These are the keys to agile performance, resilience and sustainable results. The business of being human is simply good business.

Coaching@GIBS, as part of the GIBS Personal and Applied Learning centre, is dedicated to using personalised capabilities for the sustained development of leaders. Coaching is a proven means to enhance self-awareness, leadership performance, adaptive capacity and impact both at an individual level and as an organisation.

Coaching@GIBS recognises that your individuality is your unique differentiator. We are committed to providing bespoke solutions. With Coaching@GIBS, you can learn how to coach, using these skills to enhance your managerial and leadership competence, or pursue a career as a coach. Coaching@GIBS also offers standalone coaching services for executives as well as groups or teams.


Coaching@GIBS is embedded in the GIBS philosophy of learning. Whether you experience a course on campus or request in-house coaching or facilitation services, your experience at Africa’s leading business school will be personally relevant to you and your team. We understand that only about 10% of classroom learning is retained and so, we are committed to supporting the embed of your learning back in your workplace for long-term results. Our dedicated team collaborate with both you and our world-class faculty to design and deliver bespoke leadership courses based on your unique needs. 

Experience returns on your coaching investments of up to five times. The business of being human is not simply about surviving in our ever-changing and complex environments. It is about building capacity and resilience to thrive.

The business of being human is simply good business.

Professor Nicola Kleyn: Former GIBS Dean
“As we travel a journey of global change, acquiring knowledge and skills is no longer enough for learners of today. Coaching creates the ultimate opportunity to work on building a bridge between who we are and what we want for ourselves in future.”

Alison Reid: Director Personal and Applied Learning, GIBS
"Coaching@GIBS offers you world-class coaching and facilitation courses and services to enhance your leadership development. 
All services are customized for individuals and teams. Our courses share a commitment
to your humanness – your ability to think, to create, to endure and to excel. Our business is about your business of being human.”

​Faculty in the spotlight

Rika Tome

Favourite quote: 
We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life”. 

Carl Jung 

What matters most to you? 

Listening with full attention, Integrity, authenticity, independence, honesty and personal engagement. 

What work do you love doing? 

Work where I can see personal growth in people 

What do you love doing in your ‘spare’ time? 

I paint antique furniture to give it a new look, do art, travel, read, do yoga, engage with close friends and dance. 

Something interesting about Rika 

I have an aerobics qualification and I develop ROI (Return on investment) interventions and tools for organisations that want to asses the impact of learning programmes on the organisation.

“Absolutely brilliant!! The most insightful journey I’ve been down. [The coach] was a superstar! Her caring, knowledgeable and meaningful approach was truly inspiring!!! Well done everyone!! Leadership here we come!! One team one dream.”
- Delegate, RCL Foods, PDP Coach and Coaching Process
“The coach created a atmosphere of trust and understanding. She had a very powerful approach and asked questions that encouraged deep thinking and reflection of what I am doing and how I can improve”.
- Anonymous (Delegate)
“Our vision on the GIBS coach journey is to equip you with both the professional training as well as the personal insight to take your coaching career to the next level…”
- Eileen Thayser (Professional Associates)
“I have been doing Executive Coaching at GIBS for almost 2 years. Laura Malan, has been, without a doubt, the best executive coach I could’ve asked for. Not only did she challenge my thinking, inspire me to action, both professionally and personally, she also stretched me and took me to places I was afraid to venture to. She has added tremendous value to my Executive Development journey. I would strongly recommend that any professional wanting to climb to greater heights, in business and corporate, consider GIBS Executive Coaching Programme.”
- Bongani Mthombeni-Moller, Strategic Business Development Executive and Regional Manager, SMEC Gauteng South.
“My #GIBS MBA journey has allowed me to meet people like Rre Jabu Maphalala. I wish I could bottle him for each and everyone of you. Amazing executive coach. He got me to understand the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi. It’s ugly, it’s messy and it’s okay, we push through. Botshelo ke kgwetlho, re kgaratlhela pele”
- Masego M
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