When you ask people about their employee training experiences, the word fun is not often used to describe it. Why not? Besides ensuring that your employee training is useful and practical, shouldn’t it also aim to be inspiring and fun?
This article is inspired by and draws on our podcast series Embracing Failures with Chiara Condi, Wayan Vota, and Shabnam Aggarwal.
Let's talk about the dreaded F-word that we often fear and have probably been taught to avoid; “failure” that is. Throughout our school years, we are afraid of ever disappointing our parents and teachers by getting an F or 0, but it’s not until we’re adults, move to live on our own, and start living our lives, that we realize that failing isn’t the end of the world. In fact, Chiara and Shabnam said that they wouldn’t have been able to achieve their goals if it wasn’t for the failures. Sometimes you can learn more from failing than you ever would from succeeding.
In recent years, mobile devices have transformed the way we learn and consume information. One major way technology is affecting the workplace is in how training is delivered. In 2016, there were 4,8 bn unique mobile subscribers globally. That said, as the leaders of today’s organizations, you need to understand how this development affects your workforce, and adapt accordingly.
Today’s employees are internet and mobile-savvy individuals. The majority of their communication, and even learning, can be carried out in the palm of their hand. Mobile is an integral part in their everyday lives, and therefore an excellent platform for corporate training as well as lifelong learning.
This blog was originally published on Medium by Funzi Ambassador Henry Onyango.
“Don’t grow up, it’s a lie!”. There’s truth in that warning. Part of being an adult is having the ability to swift through numerous decisions that are constantly coming your way. Most of us, if not all, have suffered a burn out at some point. Ruling out medical conditions like chronic fatigue, and assuming that one get adequate sleep — one of the major drives behind the constant exhaustion and eventually burn out is decision fatigue. Put simply, we make way too many decisions and the quality of our decisions deteriorates along the curve.
Life really is about human interaction and the best things we’re able to create are done together. So our team at Funzi wanted to understand how mobile learning can support the growth of real-life communities. That was the key aspect in mind for us when we set out to build the Funzi Community and Ambassador Program. We also wanted to build a deeper relationship with our users, to find out what about Funzi works, and what we can improve - because of course you, our users, know it best!
Funzi to deliver mobile learning services to UNDP Syria in 2017 to help strengthen the resilience and socio-economic stabilization of individuals and communities in Syria. The goal of the partnership is to help achieve UNDP Syria country program objective by promoting long-term participation, sustainability, and self-reliance of UNDP local partners.
This blog was originally published on the OECD Forum Network here.
The world is changing rapidly, and along with it, the working life. Industrialization, globalization, digitization, robotization - these are all making old jobs obsolete and thus, deepening the unemployment challenges our societies face. So how do we overcome these problems? Entrepreneurship is a buzzword and it is mentioned in multiple fora as a critical component of the solution. Increasingly, it comes with the prefix “inclusive”. What is inclusive entrepreneurship?
Traditional business textbooks suggest that it’s logical to build your presence at your home market first, and then expand abroad. There’s less risk, fewer resources needed, less research that needs to be carried out; it’s a “risk-averse” strategy, or in some cases probably a “smart” strategy. In a Clarkson (2015) article on how to start a global business, the Founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, states that “launching your brand overseas will be hugely expensive, and finding distributors and retailers that are willing to take on an unknown brand will be extremely difficult”, so in other words, first start local and build a strong brand presence at home.
But why do some companies go big before they go home? Why did Funzi?