I arrived in Ibadan on Monday and was able to visit the offices of the CPCN for a “Go See” prior to the training, I met the very lovely and dedicated staff and was extremely moved by the conversation I had with the President, Prof. Olaitan Soyannwo. We discussed their current process and I am happy to report that they do have the beginnings of a Tier process, i.e. they meet daily to discuss the plan for the day, but we were going to have to work on visual metrics.
The next day was training day, I arrived bright and early, not entirely sure of the make-up of the participants, I knew we had participants for the CPCN, ARFH and the local teaching hospital, University College Hospital (UCH), but that was about as much I knew. I was pleasantly surprised to see a packed room, approximately 30 participants from 20 different organizations – NGOs, Hospitals, Nigerian Academy of Sciences... to name a few.
We started with an “Opening ceremony”, different for me but the intent was noble... this was a big deal. We had the CEO of the State’s Broadcasting Corporation give opening remarks and declare the training “Open”.
The next 3 days went in a flash, Participants were great, completely involved and asking all the right questions. One of their biggest concerns was around Good sponsorship, so I included some Change Management at the end of the lean training.
Overall, this was for me an overwhelming success. I truly believe that each participant left with something worthwhile and something they can pass on, and that makes it all worthwhile. I urged the participants to move themselves up the “Change Curve”, from “Contact” to “Institutionalize” by practicing and reaching out to M4A for mentorship.
I will certainly do this again; I know I got much more out of it than they did. It is I who should be grateful for the opportunity to share my knowledge and pay it forward.
|Meeting CPCN Folks|
|Day 1 - Picture with all Participants|
|Day 1 - News Crew|
|Day 3 - Almost done with training (Bitter / Sweet)|