The weekend of 22nd and 23rd of February 2013 is a weekend to remember for the leadership team at Ruben Centre. It was a weekend of self-discovery and knowing thyself through self-perception inventory and of course by identifying ourgifts and what they mean in a team. The training conducted by Mr. Josphat Ngaira a professional trainer and coach was an eye opener for most of us and equipped us with exceptional skills of leading better and achieving teams in our respective roles.

A glaring picture of what a team is and the interlocking needs of a team was brought in the limelight. The trainer emphasized on the core areas that need to be attended to for a team to be successful. These areas are; developing the individual, building and maintaining the team and achieving the task. It was however very evident that the success and failure of a team is highly dependent on an individual as revealed by the challenges of a good team sighted by the group.

The training also involved practical simulations in a bid to give the group hands on experience of a team situation. The group was divided in to two teams where they were expected to write a proposal to a donor in order to get money for land and construction of a building to support a worthwhile cause. After which they were then to construct a structure using Kapla blocks. Through this simulation individual characters like resilience, communication skills, organization and team leadership were realized and practiced. By the end of the exercise individuals better understood their roles and functions in a team.  Have a look at the photos on Flickr .It was avery timely event especially with the rapid expansionof Ruben Centre that is now composed of diverse professionals and individuals. We hope to have a better and cohesive Ruben Centre.


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Ruben Centre is a faith-based organization striving for an empowered and just Mukuru community by providing quality education, health, financial and social services to children and families in Mukuru community. The Ruben Centre is a non-profit, charity organization run by the Christian Brothers African Province. It is one of eight Christian Brother’s project sites across Africa, and offers educational, health and community development programmes to the residents of one of the largest slums in Nairobi (known as both the Ruben Slum as well as Mukuru community).

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INVITATIONS NOT TO MISS - Directors Corner February

‘Who is that sitting outside my office, she has been there for half an hour,’ I asked Margie. With no answer on offer, I suggested that Margie herself go and fix her up. Then I was suddenly aware of the poor state I was in, if I had retreated that far from the mob that is often pressing around with an endless litany of needs to be addressed. What else am I here for? Get over yourself Frank.

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