Jared Ouko is an executive leadership and management coach who, as a young professional, informally guides his colleagues. Today he has a portfolio of global clients.
In 2006, Ouko co-founded the Kenya branch of the International Coaching Federation and is currently a coach at the Ken Blanchard Companies.
As an experienced speaker, he is after when he joined Toastmasters International in 2000, he was promoted to Distinguished Toastmaster.
Will you take us on your journey as a coach?
As a middle manager, the teachings of Stephen Covey and business coach Alfonse Lopez inspired me to be the best that I can be. Then managers in my organization started asking me for help with management challenges. One day, in a meeting with a department head, I applied the coaching skills I had learned. Suddenly the manager started crying and I was sitting there very scared and confused. She said, “I wish my boss would ask me questions like this.”
She felt that her boss was not supportive of me, and this was just one of many incidents. The managers I coached shared their experiences with friends, so I started coaching for external referrals every day after work.
How would you define coaching?
Coaching is always customer-oriented. It is a creative partnership with a client focused on designing and making meaningful changes in their personal or professional life. The coach makes a journey with the person and lets them show the way.
What skills do you need?
Listening skills, especially systematic listening to the bigger picture of a client’s life and thoughts. Be 100 percent present, but the coachee is the expert.
Who needs coaching?
Everyone, from CEOs to the hierarchy of the workforce to people stuck in their career or leadership situation. Also those who want to improve their personal communication skills, strengthen their self-confidence, create a work-life balance or maximize their personal potential.
Professional coaching Are you increasing employability or professional success?
Enhances your skills in managing people, businesses, finances, and information. You may be an A-grade student but have little or no communication skills and find it difficult to convince others or solve problems with people. Soft skills are an additional benefit. The training increases the individual capacity to 22 percent and the coaching to over 80 percent.
Which coaching programs would you recommend?
One of the best areas is achieving goals and the results are second to none. Universities don’t teach three things: how to set goals; How to Make Money and Speak in Public. Some managers have taken the initiative to pay the $ 7,500 fee for coaching themselves. Have you made an impact on your organizations and eventually moved into higher positions Your coaching mentors?
Philosopher and author Charles Handy, business leadership coach and bestselling author Marshal Goldsmith, Ken Blanchard, co-author of One Minute Manager, Philippe Rosinski and coaching architect Madeleine Homan
Which book do you read?
Usually two to four books at a time, but I’m currently re-reading First Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham, Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek, and Coaching in Organizations by Madeleine Homan and Lindar J Miller.
A Kenya-based international NGO urged coaching consultants to set up a surge capacity development program for humanitarian aid needs. They wanted tools and help in setting up and guiding the recruiting and subsequent coaching of their senior project leaders. It became so successful that it was implemented worldwide and is still in use today.
Why did you feel the need to establish a subsidiary of ICF Kenya ? 15 years ago?
I had felt the effects of coaching on myself and I wanted other managers to experience it both in life and in the workplace. I wanted to create a platform that enables innovations, developed trainers and put Kenya on the world map.
What do you do in your free time?
I play golf, read, play guitar and am in nature. I enjoy gardening and landscaping which I do in the early morning as my physical exercise. Replacing trees with fruit trees is the best invitation I’ve found for attracting birds to my grounds. When I’m not playing golf, I go between 6.30 a.m. and 7 a.m. to enjoy nature.
What do you like most about coaching?
It helps me get the most out of people and repay what others have paid on me. I like it when a customer experiences “aha moments”, the speed with which people leave smiling and the energy to implement these moments.