"A lot of training in the conservation field is centred around conservation or livelihoods technical training. But what about generic personal skills for the effective management of people, partnerships, or resources? This is just as important for conservancy managers and boards if we are to see the conservancies operating to the best of their ability." Says Mike Harrison, NRT's CEO.
Last year, NRT senior and middle staff went through the Leadership And Management Programme (LAMP) run by Nairobi-based consultant Allan Ward. Based on the huge success of LAMP training for this demographic, it was agreed that it would be beneficial for the NRT conservancy manager's to undergo the same thing.
For 2-3 days a month over 5 months, managers from 26 of the community conservancies made the journey to NRT HQ for the LAMP programme. They finished the training on the 13th July 2016, with a 4 minute presentation to the CEO about how they had used the skills they had learned to deal with a situation, or achieve a goal.
The focus of LAMP is on tools, techniques and reflections to help develop leadership skills and practices. And the impact was visible in the manager's presentations. Their communication skills, management abilities, creative solutions to challenges they face, confidence and strategic thinking had all been transformed.
"There is notable quality thinking and an improved confidence level" said Fred Obiya, Regional Manager for NRT Centre.
LAMP training will now be offered to conservancy boards.