AKUA NYAME-MENSAH IS A CERTIFIED EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COACH AND STRATEGIC ADVISOR.
As a former start-up executive, she has experience launching and growing an online business across West Africa's two biggest markets and has recruited, coached and managed diverse teams.
THE LATEST PODCAST EPISODES
Ep 45 // How to Deal with Failure as a High Performer
No one likes to fail, especially high performers or achievers, but it happens to everyone at some point. Dealing with these feelings of failure and disappointment can either be productive or hold you back in business. In this episode, Akua teaches four helpful strategies to help leaders cope with these setbacks. They can be more resilient and confident and get back to working towards their ambitious goals, despite a few bumps in the road.
As Akua discusses, failure is a very personal thing.…
Ep 44 // How to Build a Venture Capital Career in Africa
Are you interested in being an angel investor or a funder?
In this episode, Akua welcomes Mark Kleyner to talk about how to build a venture capital career in Africa. Funders are in high demand in this emerging market - listen to find out how you can play a direct role in birthing innovation in all tech sectors on the continent!
Mark Kleyner is a multi-time entrepreneur who actively mentors with a range of accelerators and incubators, as well as supports several companies as a consultant. H…
Ep 43 // AskAkua - For Reluctant Networkers
It’s another “Ask Akua” episode on the Open Door Conversations podcast! In this episode, Akua answers two great questions about networking and gives helpful strategies for business leaders, managers, and founders to help you build your important relationships in person and online.
To be successful in business, one of the most important things to learn is relationship building. But as a reluctant networker herself, Akua knows what it’s like to have a bit of anxiety around the topic. Whether…
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“If I need to ‘get things’ done, Akua is my ‘go-to’ coach. I come to Akua because I know that with her, I will leave with a clear action plan that I am willing and excited (maybe scared) to pursue. Consider selecting Akua as a coach if you are stuck and need to move forward. She is focused, creative and a ninja-coach.”
Marlene P. Lowe,
Leadership Coach & Consultant
“After attending her workshop, I got in touch with Akua because I wanted to get additional insight on how to get and keep my employees motivated. Before our conversations, I had low employee engagement and was feeling frustrated. I had tried to ensure my staff was more engaged through weekly and monthly review meetings. After speaking with Akua I was enlightened and more knowledgeable. I have been able to leverage knowledge about my staff’s personality traits and what they care about into higher engagement. If you are thinking about working with Akua, I would definitely recommend you go ahead and do just that. There's a lot to learn from her.”
Managing Director, Lukandi Digital
“I think a lot of people underestimate the importance of thinking out loud with someone who is not biased and doesn't know you…From the session, I got an action plan on how I'm going to change my decision-making process and some great reflective questions that I can use daily. After completing the session, I felt quite energized and clear-headed. Akua is a great person to think out loud with and a great listener.”
Arielle Nkanika Umwiza
Marketing and Communications Associate, ALU School of Business
“The session was extremely beneficial to me. I particularly appreciated the resources and articles shared, which enabled me to gather evidence on tried-and-tested techniques. The coach shared her own personal experiences and examples, this made it very easy to relate with her and also helped me feel more relaxed and open. I would absolutely recommend coaching, it is a great boost, regardless of where you are in your career. It helps you to think about various perspectives which you may not have considered previously. ”
“Akua's energy and overall enthusiasm for startups is contagious! We were so lucky to have her mentor some of our female founders recently. I know that the founders walked away with clear action items to improve their company and tons of inspiration.”
Director of Global Marketing at Founder Institute and Co-Creator of the Female Founder Initiative
“At first, I didn't even know what coaching was and didn't even know if I needed it. Before speaking to Akua, I didn't have clarity of what I want to do and how my MBA was going to contribute to my vision. I was feeling nervous, anxious, and excited about my MBA program. After the conversation, I felt more confident about reaching my vision and more relaxed about my MBA journey at ALU. The conversation has helped me to see clearly what I want to achieve and get clarity on what I want to get from the MBA, I just started, that will contribute to my vision. I would highly encourage you to work on yourself, for I have found that in life, it is always good to know where you are going and understand how you want to get there. The clarity of where we want to go, tips on how we want to reach there all lie in us. Sometimes though, we need someone to hold our hand and help us reach there or at least help us see that light.”
Arielle Gahigi Mugwaneza
Facility Manager, Alpha Mead Facilities & Management Services Ltd
“Akua is an amazing and a motivating coach. I met her during our coach training programme and I have observed how she has transformed into a confident, direct and passionate coach. Her passion for coaching is evident in her consistent desire to help her colleagues and clients as well as her consistency in developing and growing her knowledge especially in this field that is ever growing with research. She is very active in the International Coach Federation Nigeria Chapter and her presence has been felt across the Chapter, despite recently joining. I am really happy that our paths have crossed and I continue to look forward to further enhancing our relationship.”
Sochi K. Ilomechina
Managing Director and Lead Coach, TBA Consults
“The specific results I saw in my team members after the coaching were:
(1) My team members were more prepared to do a performance review with me, and
(2) It felt easier to align company and team goals with their personal goals.
While as a company we have always believed in coaching, one of my main concerns with signing members of my team up for coaching was the inability to see the specific way that it would lead to impact. I can see from the results as a team manager that my team members are more aligned and more accountable for their success.”
Head of Strategic Growth, BitPesa
“...From our conversations, I am:
1) learning how to be calm and manage anxiety; channeling that energy to be productive as opposed to counterproductive through positive visualization
2) more effective at time management; using tools like google calendar to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner
Consequently, I feel more confident in talking about my professional experiences and what I have already achieved. I also feel equipped with the right toolkit for my future endeavors. Even though the big goal is still yet to be manifested, I have achieved most of the mini-goals that I set for myself from the homework tasks between sessions, such as being comfortable with being vulnerable and not being hesitant to make new connections with people.
I would encourage you to work with Akua because her coaching is effective. You have to be ready to put in the hard work yourself, but working with a coach (Akua) will help provide clarity and narrow down the tasks required to reach your goal, whatever that may be. By working with a coach, it is easier to determine a roadmap to success.”