Training

GiftsWorks to hit Ada, Swedru, Dunkwa and Akropong

Speak to anyone who grew up in the 80s and they will tell you that they had to build their own toys. Ghana was very disconnected from the world in those Rawlings-militia years. There was a famine at some point to go with it too. But there was a good side to that internet-free and lacking-of modern child development niceties period. Young people were forced towards creativity. You literally had to build your own toys. What you built determined what you are made of and you built what you could with what you could fine. For raw materials in the vehicle business, milk and milo tins which were only obtainable from the rubbish dump of posh families.

Folks were creative and out of those empty tins they designed and built some fantastic things. Creative juices were flowing like everybody’s business. One Christmas we built Christmas houses out of palm leaves. While most Christmas houses were simple single-room structures, we decided to take things to a new level. We built a sophisticated five bedroom house complete with washrooms. The idea was that we team members must each have a room to which we will take our imaginary new girlfriends. We worked hard and finally by the 23rd we were putting finishing touches to the most outstanding Christmas house anyone had ever seen. We were stars in our own rights. I led the design while my friend Coffie in whose parents’ compound this whole venture was taking place led the construction. In the end there were no girls and I wasn’t even allowed to spend my Christmas-eve in my groundbreaking Christmas house.

 

Cars and Christmas houses were not the only things kids built back then. Folks built musical instruments of all kinds, door mats out of corn husks, hats made from coconut tree leaves, door mats, wheeled vehicles of all kinds.  Even guns and bazookas from chuck Norris movies were in constant production. It was a fun period. A fellow I know built a vehicle out of broomsticks and the jethropha fruit. Looking back I realize now that there was a lot talent and the environment we were in forced it out. I saw guys play football at almost miraculous levels. We could have produced Lionel Messis of our own—these kids were that talented. There were kids who could invent their won languages and this is no exaggeration. Everyone had something. Now I can imagine how valuable a build-Something competition would have been valuable to the nation at that time. Sadly we have lost all that talent. Most of those guys now in their 40s all have office jobs among other things. Nothing came of all that talent and the creative juices that flowed. The reason is simple; nobody was interested enough to nurture and focus them on careers that could have led to something great.

The truth is that most teachers and parents don’t know how to identify talent in young people. And even when it is self-evident and glaring, they do not know what to with it. They watch it die and in many cases they are responsible for killing it. This inability to identify and harness talent is to a large extent behind the state of our nation. We import literally everything and build nothing—it is an expensive life style for a nation. From my era, those who did not make it up the academic ladder now live in poverty— talent and all.

It is said that “in the abundance of water the fool is thirsty”. In our case; in the abundance of talent a foolish nation suffers.

Could things have been better if we had harnessed all those talents and directed them the right way. What would have happened if those kids had maximized and monetized those talents. Even now the in year 2017, we still do not have a national program for mobilizing, harnessing and maximizing gifts. The schools don’t even think about I as they simply load students with information they don’t even know how to use. But all these is about to change.

Giftworks is a project created to curb this menace that threatens the very future of our nation and continent. It will ameliorate what can only be described in “chrife-longo” as an affront to God’s purpose. The program is a workshop consisting of three parts. Part one has three presentations on gifts and their importance in the life of the individual. It also treats purpose and how they are connected to gift and finally the personal power that can be generated from gifts. The second part takes participants through gift testing systems to help them identify what their gifts are as most do not know. The third part is a group coaching session that will help them develop products and services around the identified gifts. They are then taken through a monetization process that involves building business models and marketing strategies. At the end of the program participants leave with a business built around their natural capability. No one fails doing what they are gifted for especially if they have coaches to help them along the way.

While the program has started earnestly in Accra, the organizations behind it, Performance Academy and Hopeman Ministries intend to take it to every district in collaboration with members of Parliament and District authorities in the quest to substantially reduce unemployment and poverty. Creator of the project Nene Katey Aklie who is also a Minister and Performance Coach said;

“Everyone has something inside of them. It has been provided by God to ensure their welfare. To ignore it is to limit a person’s life and to trap them in poverty. One’s power rest in the will of God for their lives and that will is the reason he gives us gifts and talents. The best things we can do for any young person is to help them find it. This is not always an easy task for parents and teachers who do not have the requisite skills. In some cases the gifts are very apparent but guardians do not know what to do with them. That is why coaches are extremely important. GiftWorks will help in this regard.”

 

Team Giftworks® is looking forward to working with youth groups in churches schools, district authorities, government departments, NGOs and everyone else to help shape the future of our young people. Giftworks is likely to be a key weapon in the so-called-fight against poverty. Targeted at young people from age 16, the program is on tour across the nation and planned to reach Swedru, Winneba, Dunkwa-on-ofin, Akropong and Ada before the end of December 2017. You may reach the team on 0268388560 for participation, sponsorship, volunteering.

Coaching profession takes roots in Ghana

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Although fairly new, coaching is an extremely fast growing profession around the world. It is now classified among the high earning professions especially in the USA. A Pricewaterhouse Coopers study commissioned in 2007 by the International Coach Federation found that part-time coaches averaged annual salaries of $26,000 and full-time coaches were averaging $82,000. Most professional coaches charge fees in the range of $150/month to $400/month for a package of 3 scheduled sessions per month. A very manageable caseload for a full-time coach is around 25 clients per month. Gross income projections can therefore be estimated by multiplying the number of clients desired by fees within that range taking local economics into consideration. Twenty-five clients, for example, at $250/month generate $75,000/year. Twenty-five clients at $350/month is $105,000. Even when those Dollar signs are replaced with Ghana Cedi signs, it is still fantastic earning for asking questions for a few hours a day. Coaches who specialize in executive, corporate and leadership coaching often charge considerably more ($600 to $1,000+/month), but prospective coaches are however, encouraged to make conservative projections when considering the field and take their local economy into consideration.

But just how important are coaches and why do they get paid so much? To understand this one must first consider the fact that; the most successful people you see around doing great things have personal coaches you don’t know about. Most coaches don’t mind being the power behind, it’s the nature of the job. As Ghana’s foremost performance coach Katey Aklie puts it; “our job is to get others to reach their aspirations; that is how we achieve our dreams”. Some of the aspirations they want to reach are billion dollar ventures. consider the following cases:
Case 1: Imagine if you run a business worth $20 million that is under performing because of two or three key people. You are loosing money on a daily basis because of these two. A coach comes along and gets them to start ticking and your earnings for the year quadruples because of improved performance. What would that be worth to you and your organization? Wouldn’t you give 10% of your 20 million for that kind of results?
Case Two: Your teenage son is lives in the F zone at school and you are worried he will never make university. You have tried everything and nothing has helped. A coach comes along and places him among the top five in his class. What will that do for his future and what monetary value will you place on that? There are parents who will give the world to have that kind of help; they just do not know who to turn to.

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“Coaches work behind the scene; accepting your place as the power behind is the mentality you need to be a good coach. It is always about other people and their aspirations and never about you. You succeed only when others succeed”. –Katey Aklie

In Ghana the seeds have only just been planted and it is developing roots really fast. Internationally certified performance coach Katey Aklie, affectionately called HOPEMAN by most is the force behind this growth and he and his team estimates that Ghana alone needs about ten thousands coaches who will shape the destiny of this nation. He insists that our politicians, business people, professionals and everyone else are functioning around 30% of their true capacities. They could really benefit from the services of a coach by just spending an hour with him/her per month. Coaching will move them to the next level and that will reflect on the national output. He also believes that youth coaching is probably one of the most needed niches at this point if this nation is to have a better future. While he conceded that the general public is not used to the idea and do not know how to use coaches, he says that things are changing as more coaches are trained and. They will through their practice show everyone else the value of coaching. He said:

“It is like everything else, you have to start from somewhere but we are already alarmed at the level of change. The thing is that Ghana already has many people who call themselves coaches. The only problem is the lack of right skills to do the job so people can actually see the benefit of the service”.

Currently the focus is on training more coaches and guiding them into the new career area.

“We will open new options for revenue generation for counselors, teachers, pastors and other professionals who have the inclination to help people reach their best by simply retooling them with coaching skills. There are quite a few people who call themselves coaches without really understanding what is involved. Some think it is a cool tag for motivational speaking and going around telling people to do things no one knows will work.

The first training program is intended to certify all these folks who clearly have an interest and a passion to help people improve, put them into the new association and help them build their practices. This is the reason why the cost of training has been cut down by 50%. They will begin to make change as we certify and license them to start taking the profession to the next level.
The next training session begins on the 3rd of November. The five day training is collaboration between the Performance Academy and the OD institute–Africa’s only graduate School of Organizational Development headed by the world renowned OD consultant Prof. Noble Kumawu. Everyone with an interest in coaching or helping people to be their best (youth workers, teachers, pastors, counselors, managers and just about anyone) is invited to join the groundbreaking training program to prepare themselves for the coming flood of opportunities. Call 0201197700, 0268388560 for information on the training program.

Project SPiD-UP® releases Discover™ at Ahenfie

Discover™, the groundbreaking Peak Performance training program was released by CSD-Africa (the organization behind Project SPiD-UP®) in partnership with the Christian Leadership College of RoyalHouse Chapel International at the Judah Temple of RCI on the 10th of September, 2016.

In an event held in honour of The Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Apostle General of Royal House Chapel International, over a hundred persons were taken through the two-day Program that featured; Performance Awareness, Self Esteem, Critical Thinking, Career Pathways and Spiritual Awareness. Crowning the event was the official launch of the SPiD-UP® Performance Recognition Program during which several personalities were recognized for their performance in various areas. Project lead Markus Katey in an interview with the press said project SPiD-UP® was created to solve the performance problem of the continent by developing high performance consciousness through various vehicles. The SPiD-UP® Mini-College, through which Discover ™ I & II and other programs will be delivered, is the vehicle through which the training objectives of the project will be carried out. He explained that
Discover™ is the first of five peak performance focused programs that will be delivered.

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The program, driven by a lot of reasoning, is designed to shape the thoughts of students of the Mini-College into performance conscious persons who will influence any group they find themselves in with high performance. Mr. Markus Kennedy Katey, who is a performance coach and a minister of the Gospel, explained that Christ commanded his followers to be light of the world and salt of the earth. He said a true follower of Christ astonishes others with what they do as Jesus did in his ministry. Christ he said was a high performing individual given what he accomplished over the three year period in which he ministered. Being ordinary or average is therefore in violation of this command. He also said that anyone who is familiar with the truism “as a man thinketh, so he is” will agree that human behavior begins with thought. Human reasoning, he said is key among God’s gifts to mankind and makes all the difference between what is human and what is not. Because of this the program employs a lot of reasoning.

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He pointed out that; while there are many high performing personalities on the continent, the average African does not appear to have the required character traits and mentality that makes a high performing personality. Explaining the concept of modelling, he cited the Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah as the perfect example of the salt and light personality and explained that an understanding and emulation of the character traits of such persons could be of great benefit to any person who decides to rise above average.

He announced that while Discover™  I and II will be available to the general public for free across the continent eventually, it is currently available in three partner locations in Accra i.e.; Christian Leadership College (RCI) in Kaneshie, Jam International Academy in Dansoman and Lifetime Empowerment Center in Ashongman Estate.

He concluded that in order to reach the set objectives of the project, the training programs will be free for all to attend at the nearest location and at their convenience since it is paid for by donor and sponsoring partners. He said “we are happy to partner with individuals and organizations who are excited about the future of Africa and are willing to contribute to shaping it as we are at CSD-Africa”. He acknowledge contributors to the development of Discover™ which include Snr. Min. Isaac K. Yawson; lecturer, management consultant and organizational behavior expert, Jennifer Agyeman; NLP Practitioner and image consultant and Rev. Sally J. Armah; Theologian and lecturer.

He finally threw an open invitation to all educational institutions and the general public to participate in the programs for a better Africa.

PESC 2016 at hand



Last year our very own Shakiru Akinyemi aka the Shakmellon was at PESC’15. He filed this tastefully detailed report that almost captured everything that was said at the event. We are especially excited about PESC because we believe entrepreneurship can eliminate poverty from the continent. High Performance in entrepreneurship can definitely do even more. We have to have entrepreneurs but we have to have results producing high performing entrepreneurs who can take us to the next level.  PESC is promising in this regard.



There are many entrepreneurship events in town these days. But they are not all the same. For any event like this one to be useful, two factors must be considered. Content; what is being said and who is saying it. The second is structure; how has the event been organized and how is it being delivered—this influences participant experience. The participant must leave feeling inspired and eager to start something.

PESC has achieved this consistently for the last three years. It is for this reason that we recommended the program to all entrepreneurs and even those who are waiting to make the jump.

Project SPiD-UP® supports PESC ’16. We think you should too.

Miriam’s Career Fair


The Enquiry Agency begun in the year 2013. As a student I always wanted to study tourism however my dad mistook it for hospitality management and I wasn’t allowed to read it. Gradually upon interaction with an aunt my love for procurement was kindled. Based on this experience the Enquiry Agency was born. What if I had received the opportunity to interact with anybody in the area of tourism? Perhaps I could have read tourism and lived my dream. Every 4 years students all over Ghana are faced with this challenge. Sometimes young people have little knowledge about the areas we have interest in. The Enquiry Agency seeks to give every student the opportunity to interact with people who are successful in the areas the student seems to have interest in. 
Sometimes these students are given the opportunities to volunteer. Are we going to give up on our dreams just because are local universities do not find our grades worthy of programs we have interest in? Why do we then give up? We give up because like any normal student we are scared; scared because we have no idea as to where to go or who to look up to in our areas of interest. If only we have the opportunities to interact with people who were once like us but yet against all odds run after their dreams, we will be inspired to do same. Come join us at the career fair on the 9th of April 2016 Grab a ticket :0248165851/0206080406
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Team SPiD-UP considers this program a very useful one for young people to gain some knowledge of industries they might be interested in. This will help shape their thoughts and influence their choices for life towards a better Africa. We encourage you to participate.
Markus Kennedy Katey- Project lead

The Spousal Influence on existence

A lot has been said about the spousal influence on the possibility of the maximization of existence. This is a natural course of reasoning if one premises that everything we prefix with the “MY” is either an asset or liability—something that either aids or sabotages the cause. If this is the case, then the choice is of great importance as spouses are to be life partners. Perhaps the single most important decision after purpose is that of the partner with which the mission must be accomplished. As we all know, two heads are better than one and two people pushing the same cart in one direction provides an overall better output than one person. But this is only if they are in agreement of course.


From the man’s perspective, the woman is to be a helper (as far as Christian thought goes). But does that imply that the woman must not have aspirations of her own? Why then will God give the woman dreams too? So lets face it; the questions have not all been answered. People are often more attracted to the things of little value considering their own aspirations. Let me clarify that quickly before I send you on a trajectory of confusion. Some people have said that men are attracted to what they see, so they tend to want the most beautiful woman around and they may not be the best choice. Now if this is the case, then we have a problem. Even the most beautiful flower withers at some point. Women in this sense then become useless when they loose their glamour. Luckily beauty has also been said to lie in the eyes of the beholder. Is this really true that what is beautiful to one person may not be beautiful to another? This is also another problem to solve? Are the proponents saying that you and I can’t booth look at a Rolls Royce Phantom and agree on it’s beauty? Or is there a possibility that we can disagree on Joslyn Dumas’ hips as an outstanding work of God?


There are many more questions that need to be resolved in spite of the many we think we already have answers to. A friend told me recently that his idea of a good woman is one who is capable of taking initiatives. He gave 25% for looks, 25% for character and 50% for intellect. I thought that was interesting given my friend is a minister in training and hence very active in the church. But control my big mouth I did. Minutes later he came back with “well she also has to be spiritual” without stating what percentage that was to be. You may start worrying for his wife to be at this point. The truth is that we don’t always know what we want any more than what is good for us. A lot of the things men accuse women of are really human problems more than women problems. As a man I know from experience that my male friends have deserted me when I was down quicker than my female friends. The case is true the other way around. Perhaps instead of looking at the world through gender-filtered eyes we are better of looking at it through moral-filtered eyes. There are good people and not so good people—simple.


So lets admit it, we haven’t got all figured out. Not even us ministers. One thing is for sure, the person you choose to carry out your quest for maximization of your existence with must help your cause or you can forget it. I don’t know what whether it is beauty or intellect you need and I am willing to wager that you don’t either. Whether you are male or female won’t matter much if you threw in the idea of shared aspirations. Partners at home and partners at work? Well…the term is life partner and life encapsulates all aspects of your existence. I believe this is the working model but what do I know, many times I failed to get it right myself. I can tell you one thing for sure, people change.


A lady friend who was desperately looking for marriage at some point, later described herself as a single mom by choice. Many women are resorting to having children for men they have no intention of marrying. Others think, they are safer sharing another woman’s husband. Hopefully, like me these issues confuse you enough to want to hear what mentor and seasoned counsellor C J Buckman and his team has to say at the WHY AM I STILL SINGLE summit on the 6th and 7th of November 2015/ The event is supported by Joy FM, Hitz FM and SPiD-UP.COM and you my friend, are invited.

Tema Youth to challenge the status quo at TYES15

TEMA YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT 15 is by far the biggest motivational and inspirational gathering in Tema. It brings together youth from all over the city and beyond, equip and empower them to succeed. Only in the second year the maiden edition saw over hundred young people from schools, churches and social clubs as participants; some of who are doing well in different spheres of life currently.
This year’s edition under the theme “CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO” is aimed at helping the youth to explore career opportunities and reduce unemployment in the city. It is also aimed at challenging young people to take full responsibility for their growth and development.
With confirmation of participation from schools, churches and individuals on the rise daily it is of no doubt that this edition is going to be bigger and better. It has attracted support from prominent individuals in the city most especially Hon. ISAAC ASHAI ODAMTTEM; METROPOLITAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF TEMA.
Some topics to be treated include career excellence, leadership, entrepreneurship, starting right, financial management, social capital and personal development. Speakers include Conrad Kakraba, Jeremiah Buabeng, Benjamin Ashitey Amarh, Cephas Adjei Mensah, Davis Kwabena Borti and Joseph Bright Tay(host).
We can’t afford to perform below the bar, we are challenging the status quo to transform Tema, Ghana and Africa at large.
Date: 10th October, 2015
Venue: Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Emmanuel Congregation, Tema New Town.
Time: 10 AM.
TYES15…… challenging the status quo.
Come one, come all to be inspired and empowered to succeed. See you there!!!!!

CXC finally releases Street Smart Selling

The Customer Experience Consortium (CXC), a business consultancy specialising in the training of sales and customer service staff is organising yet another exciting training seminar for businesses all over the country.


TheSTREET SMART SELLING SEMINAR (LEVELS 1 & 2) is facilitated by renowned sales and service coach, J. N. Halm, the author of the very popular “CUSTOMER ROMANCE” book, supported a cast of seasoned trainers and consultants. It is a must-attend for all sales and marketing professionals who seek to master the art of selling.


This training seminar will empower sales and marketing staff with the necessary strategies, skills and techniques to better sell their products and/or services.

After this seminar, you will close more deals and make more money!  

Some of the modules to be treated include:

  • The Service-Dominant Selling Approach: What is it?

  • Service-Dominant Selling and the Performance Theory

  • Mastering the Sales Process

  • Smart Prospecting Strategies that get great results

  • Presenting Solutions: How to Tell a Good Story

  • Closing Deals as a Service-Dominant Seller


Further Details:

Fees: GH¢ 199.99 for One Level  GH¢ 350.00 for Both Levels
 (Includes TUITION, CERTIFICATE, COURSE MATERIALS, LUNCH, etc.)
(Special discounts for group registration)

Venue: Sunlodge Hotel, Tesano – Accra                    
 Date: 19th September and 26th September, 2015                   
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm                                    
Call: 020 758 5171 / 030 3939453
                                                                           

Free Workshop: Introduction to Peak Performance

It is a known fact that the continent is suffering from a quality human capital deficiency– people are not functioning at their best. The question is; why. And so we ask a lot of questions. For the most part people do not know why. They just simply don’t know better and most people are not conscious of their performance. The result is that organisations and nations are not function at their best and the reason is simple. People make organisations and nations; they are the most valuable assets of any group and when they are at their best the group is at its best.
In our quest to solve this problem and as a part of our social responsibility the CSD is now providing a free monthly workshop in various locations across the continent. Our objective is to train some 500 young people (every month) between ages 18 and 30 on what it means to be one’s best and how it can be attained.
To participate in the program, email the message
“I want to learn peak performance” with your
your name, phone number and location to 
workshop@csdafrica.com and we will send details
or call 0268 388 560 for assistance

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