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Five Key Steps to Lead Change and Succeed

Five Key Steps to Lead Change and Succeed

By Kgobati Magome & Dr Michael Hall

If you want to create and lead change in your community, there are five key steps that have been proven to work -

Alone you can do things, and achieve much.  Yet, if you really want to achieve something great, if you want to invent or create something of lasting excellence, you are going to want to do so within a community or a team.

As the great African Proverb states, “If you want to go far, go together.”  Going together- collaboration- is an incredibly powerful approach.  It has brought us the Pyramids of Egypt, a man on the moon, the space station, as well as various other inventions such as Facebook and Twitter among others. Closer to home, it is the power of going together that brought South Africans the “new Rainbow South African Nation” and continues to bear fruit for many causes the world over.  

So, as we continue with this year’s no violence against women campaign, we want to remind ourselves of how to make the best of this power of going together to succeed in leading the change we want to see.

Coaching Article April 2013

When you buy Coaching,

Do you know what you are buying?

The Seven Questions You Should Answer.

"Coaching fills in the gaps left open by other professional disciplines devoted to human development and learning".

"Coaching is the tool and methodology for self-actualizing psychology that the human potential movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s discovered."

"Coaching embodies the idea that we are made for change, growth, learning, and ongoing development..." (Hall & Duval, 2004)".


The initial emergence of coaching as a profession with a set of defined skills did not occur until the 1960’s (Mahler, 1964, 1974; Mahler & Wrightnour, 1973; Tobias, 1996). Even then it was in limited fields until the 1990’s. The past 10-15 years have seen a remarkable proliferation of individuals who define themselves as professional coaches. In-fact, from 1999 through 2006, the International Coach Federation (ICF) experienced a 400 percent increase in membership (Gestalt Review, 13(2):000-200, 2009; Stuart, & Simon, year 2009). So the questions about whether you know what you are buying when engaging a coach is important decision one has to consider. Below are a some critical questions leaders or managers in organisations should answer before securing a coaching company or individual coach services. They also need to be clear of what and why it be important to secure coaching services and what would be their expected outcomes, short, medium and long term. But more importantly how would they know that the coaching service is adding value given what they want to achieve.

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