While Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) is the number one conference on the continent for topical debates, professional networking and making of sales, it is also the most preferred destination for individuals and organizations looking to build their professional capacity.
There is always an array of career, business and technical support professionals with years of experience in mentoring successful businesses and careers at the show willing to transfer their ideas and experience to those who want to take the next big step.
The show also help build the capacity of both public and private stakeholders in the housing, construction and business sectors whose decisions tend to affect the growth or otherwise of the economy at large. This is the show’s way of ensuring that the best practices are not only observed but sustained.
Why Capacity Building is Important
You can have the most inspiring vision in the world, a powerful mission, and a great strategy, but if you don’t have the capacity for executing, none of those things really matters very much.
AIHS realises that building capacity is one of the most critical activities an organization or individual can pursue.
AIHS has designed capacity building models for all categories of stakeholders to help them in the following ways:
Adapting to Current challenges
AIHS capacity building structures help organizations answer questions like, what are the new opportunities and challenges arising for which you will need additional or different capacity? Where do you need less capacity than in the past? Are there opportunities for shifting resources?
Adopting a Growth Mind-set
Organizers of the show have realized over the years that for growth to happen, there should be also an organizational mindset. What’s yours? Do you believe you are capable of growth and improvement? If you aren’t seeing a growth mindset, then it is time to take steps to promote it—just making people aware of a fixed vs. growth mindset makes them much more likely to embrace the growth mindset.
Investing in Training for Your Human Resources
This is the low hanging fruit, but is often overlooked or not invested in sufficiently. If you want organizational capacity to grow, you have to invest in the individuals that comprise the organization. AIHS has found that one of the ironies of our work in the learning business is that often the people who are responsible for developing and delivering education for others do not have enough opportunities to develop themselves. This year’s show is a good time to make a plan to change that. Identify relevant members of your team and get them on the calendar for this event. The program really focuses in on topical areas that are likely to help improve capacity and the event will be complemented with a learning community that will go on before, during, and after to help cement the learning and make it stick.
Make Knowledge Development and Sharing an Ongoing Practice
We frequently advocate coming together as a group to engage collectively and build and share knowledge— attending an event like AIHS is one way to do that. We also advocate that you work together utilizing the various tools we provide – for example, the CEO Forum – to elicit knowledge and discussion. Prioritize this and schedule it.
Flesh Out and Document Key Processes
As already noted, many organizations do not have clear, well-documented processes in place for key areas of their learning business. We mentioned product development and pricing specifically, but there are many others. AIHS will help you discover how to take a close look at the processes that are most important to your organizations, and how to commit to making sure these are fully fleshed out and documented. Not only will this support your current capacity, it supports longer term sustainability as staff and volunteers move on.
Set Clear Goals and Track Metrics for the Use of Technology
There are diverse technologies for all stakeholders and business, but you need to know which one is most unique to you and that can help you get your job done. As part of this process, we will help you consider whether you have the right tech in place. Participants will learn how to select the right learning technologies for themselves and their organisations.
Connect with Other Organizations
Make a commitment to connect with and learn from peers attending the show. And don’t just make this a “nice to do” item. As part of your internal knowledge sharing and development, brainstorm a list of issues and challenges on which you would like to be able to learn from others and start actively seeking out organizations that have done what you want to do. You can find them on our website www.ihs2019.org.
Beneficiaries of AIHS Capacity Building Program
Those who will benefit from this capacity building event includes:
Public officials especially those who make critical decisions that affect the sector will benefit from this training in order to advance their work and catch up with current global standards.
Instead of spending more to recruit many staff, organisations and businesses can learn how to develop the capacity of their current staff to meet current challenges
Career Officers and Professionals
One of the greatest undoing of many career persons and professionals is stagnancy. The show will help those in this category to turn their fortunes around through exposure to how to advance their personal branding, ability to recognize and latch unto opportunities and more. Of special interest will be housing industry related professionals like developers, mortgage and investment bankers, property agents etc.
One of the most challenging issues in the artisans’ environment in Nigeria is the lack of professionalism. Though most of them operate in informal sectors, they can convert their work into formal operations through building of capacity. Attending this conference will be a major step for artisans who want to join the club of artisans whose works have been branded to a higher level of financial attractiveness.
Job Seekers and Students
Building a professional career, especially in the housing industry is a process. Job seekers and students can begin to learn this process early enough. They can learn from mistakes that have been made by others and how to avoid them. The event is an opportunity for them to prepare themselves for the future and to also begin to form a network of colleagues and professionals that will go a long way in forging their future.
By Ojonuwa Felix Uboja