On a sunny Saturday on 30 October 2021, 17 alumni members participated in the last of the popular three-part #ExperienceCoaching series, organised by NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA). The event was held in partnership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Singapore Chapter to enable NUSBSA members the opportunity to get up close and personal with the power and benefits of coaching.
The morning started with a warm welcome by Ms Gracelyn Ho (Business ’87), Chairperson of NUSBSA Career Panel Advisory and Ms Catherine Chai (Business ‘92), Vice-President of NUSBSA. This was followed by Ms Amily Ang, Director of Partnerships of ICF Singapore, who shared the differences between coaching, mentoring, counselling, training, and how coaching can inspire individuals to maximise their potential in the short and long term. The participants then split into breakout rooms where they experienced 45 minutes of 1-on-1 coaching sessions with their pre-matched, accredited ICF coaches. Participants were enthused, giving feedback that the coaching sessions were “thought provoking”, “highlighted many blind spots”, “made sense of the chaos” and went “beyond the solutions”.
The networking session that followed were well attended and participants were reluctant to leave as the event came to a close. It was not surprising that the post-event feedback was mostly ranked 9 or 10 out of 10, and many indicated their interest for a longer session for the 2022 Series – which will be starting in March 2022.
Submitted by Ms Catherine Chai (Business ’92)