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Sampa Kalungu (2002)


Sampa Kalungu

Sampa Kalungu

My first day in class at Kimmage was strange to me. I was looking forward to long theories of long dead Professors and academicians, advanced and sophisticated learning, higher lever gadgets as learning or teaching aids. None of my expectations were met at least in the first lessons.

The first lesson with Frank Naughton passed like a bush fire, full of laughter, games, movements even light dancing. By the end of the session I had discarded my expectations as I was consumed by what Frank had created. I was able to chat with Haimanot from Ethiopia, Justine from Uganda, Fr. Terrence from Ghana and many others, like I had known them for ages. One thing I did not realize at that time was how that session with Frank was going to shape the rest of my career. I have noticed that usually it takes days, weeks and months for some people to open up to each especially if you are from different worlds or cultures, but it took less than an hour for Frank to have made us all ‘hi-five-ing’.

Sampa at workTwo years after Kimmage I found myself twice within a week standing in front of the Cabinet of my Country and the group of Permanent Secretaries (CEOs of government ministries). I searched for a dramatic start of our leadership training and Frank came to my mind. His techniques of having a light moment at the beginning of the session worked wonders for me and have continued to work for me.

A combination of interest in leadership transformation and in the tools and techniques of training and learning which I had learnt in Kimmage, led me to join heads with my brother Martin in designing a leadership module which we could offer to our leaders in Zambia. At that time my brother lived in Cape Town in South Africa. We sold this idea to the Head of State Dr. P. Mwanawasa who accepted the offer and our first Training was with the Cabinet of Zambia then and Permanent Secretaries.

Kimmage enabled me to realize that even at a corporate level in business and big organizations you could live as a community and be very successful at the same time. Further, Kimmage taught me that many systems and organizations seek for growth of their organizations in a harder way which excluded the maximization of people’s wisdom, intelligence, and skills.

For the past fourteen years my work has been about Organizational Development: process facilitation and training of individuals, organizations and institutions including governments. I have run processes in the area of inspirational leadership for government departments, UN agencies, Civil Society Organisations and Private sector. I have run high level sessions with the bishops of Zambia, I am on the list of regular facilitators for Africa Union Commission, NEPAD and COMESA, to mention but a few.

Underlying all the work I do is the style, approach and the language used. Kimmage taught us not only through theoretical inputs, but also through the optimization of our hands, body, experiences, knowledge and skills available during the learning process. Theory and practice were well in good balance.

Sampa workshopMy focus since then has been facilitating processes that enable Government and Civil Society organizations orchestrate sustainable organizational change and extraordinary performance.

I believe many organizations have the capacity to perform and deliver on their mandate far much more effectively than they are doing at the moment. The missing link to that desired level of performance and delivery is continuous learning on the part of leaders and managers in organizations. Leaders and managers who practice ‘new’ knowledge and wisdom will inspire human talent to extraordinary performance.

I work with the assumption that in order for organizations to nurture the talents and giftedness of their people, they need a different type of leadership and management style. I learn from the various great wisdoms in human history, current trends in management and leadership thought, and through Action Learning (observing those practising leadership and management) to create discourses that bring organizational transformation and change. This partly I learnt from sweet Kimmage. Kimmage taught me that as important as systems, regulations and rules are to organizations, they can never be more than human beings. I am committed to proving the fact that great organizations are a product of individual human talents and giftedness carefully woven into teams that continuously perform in a superior and extraordinary way. This approach in my work has made me popular and propelled me to where I am to day.

The field of consultancy in Zambia is very competitive but I have been in this business for the last 14 years and I am growing year by year. I have not advertised my work in the media, not even in social media yet the performance or results of my work has earned me references that bring business to me.

I travel world wide in conducting these trainings and sessions and served the World Bank, United Nation Organisation against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nation Children Emergence Fund (UNICEF), Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), Common Market for Southern and Eastern African (COMESA), African Union (AU), New Partnership for African Development

(NEPAD), Germany Development Cooperation (GIZ), World Wide Views: Danish Board of Technology and Rwandan Biomedical Centre among others.

I have touched many lives with the unique approach and facilitation tools that I employ. In my work I use participatory, consultative approaches based on servant leadership and respect as opposed to command, on inspiration as opposed to rules or motivation, on sacredness of human person as opposed to fear. I have integrated in my work with different knowledge sharing systems which have been very useful in my success.


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