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The business of being human

The business of being human is simply good business enhanced by professional coaching and development.

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.

‘Coaching@GIBS’: Our Professional Coaching and Mentoring hub is part of the GIBS Personal and Applied Leadership centre and is dedicated to applying various leadership coaching and mentoring methodologies, processes and plans that can be effectively used in business and personal development. Professional coaching and mentoring enhances self-awareness, leadership performance, adaptive capacity and impact both at an individual level and as an organisation.

Our professional coaches, mentors and facilitators know that your individuality is your unique differentiator. We are committed to providing bespoke professional coaching and mentoring solutions. With Coaching@GIBS, you can become a professional coach yourself, using these various coaching skills and methodologies to enhance your managerial and leadership competence, or pursue a career as a professional business coach. Coaching@GIBS also offers standalone personalised coaching consultations and services for business executives as well as groups or teams.

Coaching@GIBS is embedded in the GIBS philosophy of learning. Whether you experience a coaching course or session on campus or request in-house coaching, mentoring 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 embedding your learning back into the workplace for long-term results. Our dedicated professional coaches and mentors collaborate with both you and our world-class business faculty to design and deliver bespoke leadership coaching courses based on your unique needs. 

The return on your coaching investment will be five-fold if not more. The business of being human is not simply about surviving in our ever-changing and complex professional environments, but also building the personal capacity and resilience to thrive.

image Lerato Mahlasela
Managing Executive: Corporate Education 

“Real learning and transformation, putting whatever ideas and insights you gain from experts and networks into practice, requires work. The work can be messy and ambiguous for individuals or teams. Coaching, gives you the opportunity to do this work. To unravel the mess and to bring the clarity of thought that unlocks possibility. It does so by putting you in a space and place where you can be both challenged and supported. The result, what seemed impossible for individuals or teams in an organisation, can now be achieved through multiple pathways. Exactly what is needed in a disruptive world.

image Alison Reid
Director Personal and Applied Learning, GIBS 

“Our business is about your business of being (optimally) human. Real transformation happens in the unique sensemaking mind of the learner, against the unique background experiences of that individual. Application happens in their unique context. Business leaders know this, not least of all because they spend money on training programmes that don’t always result in behaviour shift or tangible change in mindset Personal and Applied Learning invites the learner back into a central role in the learning process. We are about real, tangible personal change that amplifies impact in the workplace and in society. What can be more relevant in today’s workplace than a business of being (optimally) human."

image Roze Phillips

“How do you see further or more clearly in a fast evolving and disruptive business world filled with ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty? ‘You stand on the shoulders of giants’. Coaches are such giants. A great executive coach helps you abandon your comfort zone for a learning zone and helps you build your resilience muscle so you are future fit and change smart."

“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
“Andrea is a powerful and insightful coach and the sessions were most valuable. Thanks for the support on this life journey. I am left with deep gratitude.”
- (Learning and Development Consultant, south African financial services organisation)

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