Walkowa Akinyi Odinga
is a Certified Psychology Practitioner. Holds an Mphil in Executive Management Coaching. Experienced International Development Consultant (Afrocentric & Gender-aware Approach) . Currently a Doctorate Student in Public Management & Peace Studies.
Diversity/Difference, Equality/Equity/ Fairness, Honesty, Integrity, Authenticity, Love
Experiential Learning, Humanistic, Existential , Intersectional Feminist Leadership, Gender Mainstreaming and Afro-centric Approach.
My Presumption about My Client
- Self motivated
- Ready to Engage with the Process
- Is Resourceful
- Would like to make steps forward.
My Expected Client Input
Willingness to work during and in-between sessions
Motivators, values, beliefs and Experience.
Respect of the process
My Purpose for Practise
Self Esteem/Self Awareness/Confidence
Enhance Resourcefulness/Raise Competency/Improve Performance
Transition and purpose
Authentic leadership style
Authentic way of being
WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU
I have learnt that the pure forcefulness of my argument will not hold deep enough to effect any change. When one feels an insight, they own it and therefore act on it for change to occur. Through creation of my model, I have learnt how to be in the world, how to trust and respect that others can find their own path with limited input from me. This approach gets one to examine their life and work predicament at the deepest possible level and allow them to find their roots in their inner world, their picture of life, of the world, of themselves and of the values and ideals they want to live by. As a therapist, I endeavour to stand back once this process of transformation gathers strength and become a companion or witness rather than an author to the discoveries that my client makes. My approach is therefore about being and not doing. Thinking less about frameworks and more about co-creating a relationship and understanding the lived experience of the client.
Existential model is dynamic with a focus on concerns that are rooted in the individual's existence. The four ultimate existential concerns which constitute the corpus of existential model, are death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. These have an enormous relevance in coaching process and play an extraordinarily important role at every level of individual psychic organization. There is a powerful transformational potency of focusing on work with images, feelings and values during coaching sessions. These three ways of working are direct and powerful ways to connecting to a person’s sense of who they are. Transformative learning is suitable for long term coaching work for clients seeking a fundamental shift in how they think about the world and their way of life. Only through reflection, active learning, and placing ourselves in an uncomfortable situation are we fully able to develop our understanding of the world and of ourselves. Transformative learning is achieved when a change occurs to our frame of reference as a result of an event or experience.
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANCY
I have over 15 years’ experience working as an International Development Consultant with specialist expertise in Gender, Project Evaluation and Leadership development. Have been engaged in improving public service performance across sectors, nationally and internationally. A track record of delivering tangible results during roles within the development sector in various government bodies across the African continent, INGOs and donor community such as DIFID,SIDA, UNwomen, UNICEF etc. My main areas of expertise are project evaluation, gender (including mainstreaming). and Peace building/conflict resolution.
Intersectional Feminist Leadership (IFL)
IFL challenges all forms of discrimination based on gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, religion, colonial culture, or any other factors of power. It is not simply about changing the behavioural traits of individual leaders but also seeks understanding how these behaviours are shaped by the socio-economic, political and cultural context, and taking actions accordingly with an inclusive approach. Intersectionality helps to understand the barriers, as well as the opportunities, that arise when people work together, who are of different gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, religion, colonial culture or any other factors of power. Feminist consciousness is raised, by making those around us feel empowered, and respected. It seeks shared power with others instead of having power over others. IFL promotes leadership at all levels, with us all stepping up when something needs to be done, even when it is beyond our own remit, doing the right things that are not restricted by the organisational hierarchy position or power.
WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY?
This work concerned analysis of life situations, through dialogue, establishing
pathways for enhanced life quality in vulnerable populations.You were able to find better ways in countries at war, conflict, transition and development,which is parallel to analysis of any life situation, all of which have external and internal constraints.Your skills and approach have been very useful in this context.