Sunday, August 2, 2009

UOB Leadership Retreat

[Mission in Kinyarwanda...... Daniel Ryumugabe, Transformation Manager...... My ministry partners in action at UOB]

On July 24, 25 and 26, we held a Leadership Retreat at Bethanie Center righy by the Lake Kivu. A total of 65 officers of UOB attended.

We worshiped our faithful God with praise and prayer, but we also learned Servant/Situational Leadership, Effective Communication, Teamwork, Transformation Plan, Vision, Mission, Values and Business Performance Review/Business Plan.

I had the privilege of leading the sessions about Servant/Situational Leadership, Effective Communication and Teamwork while executive management discussed the business session and Transformaton Impact Manager discussed the rest.

We picked the topics in hopes to enhance our teamwork and communication.

At the end, the officers chose T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) and "None of us is as smart as all of us" as the bank's slogans. We ended our official session with a chanting of "Team Yesu" and "Team UOB." We came back to Kigali with excitement and boosted spirit.

The enhanced teamwork showed a fruit immediately. Last week was the end of July. The month-end is a hectic time for closing. It is even more so with UOB because of the unique nature of the loan disbursement process for the poor. Four teams have to work very closely, but traditionally one of the teams has been dragging the process.

Last week, it was not the case. The dragging team also stepped up and closed all disbursements on time. Actually, they finished them all even earlier than usual. Director of Credit sent me an e-mail filled with praise and gratitude, looking forward to a great hope for the future.

Thank you, Jesus, for your good and faithful guidance! We praise your name! May this enhanced teamwork produce more efficient and synergistic delivery of "your love in action" to the poor!
- Jeffrey

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