What were the objectives of the 7th annual CEO Forum?
We see the CEO Forum as a platform for discussion for the government to support a process of prioritisation. The theme this year was financing Uganda into a middle income economy through a tripartite ecosystem; supporting the infrastructure (including power, transport and water), agriculture and tourism industries. The Forum emphasised the three ecosystems as a means to drive economic growth. We had private and public sector practitioners and development partners.
How successful was the Forum this year?
It was successful! If I look at the attendance, we had representatives at institutional level and technical level, we also had a lot of government representatives. It was also successful because we learnt lessons, next we need to set timelines to implement what came out of the discussions.
The Prime Minister heard the presentations for himself and he has now put me to task: he wants a report on how we can move forward and policy papers to share with Government. The partnership between CEOs and the public sector is heading somewhere.
What are your thoughts on the importance of identifying and building a pipeline of leaders and supporting them through executive coaching to deliver results?
You talked about the importance of identifying talent and of establishing a pipeline of leaders. I would say that the discipline of coaching is still at a formative stage in Uganda so the whole area of development and coaching needs a lot of attention.
The corporate sector has embraced coaching as it provides 30% more transformation than training. How we create a resilient nation is through empowered talent; coaching is key to achieving this. The key asset to any organisation is its people, so CEOs in Uganda have embarked on institutionalising coaching.
One of the key outcomes of the CEO Forum has been the coaching infrastructure for future ready CEOs, every year we share the results and outcomes for growing and developing people. I think the Forum has added credibility and awareness to the early stages of the process. The government is now considering adopting coaching and creating a coaching culture within Governance. As an example of this, we had a post Forum evaluation with the Minister for Finance Planning and Economic Development who sees coaching as important for reducing corruption. Everything starts and stops with leadership.