My Learning Journey with IDEX
The first thing my friend said to me when he heard I had applied to be an IDEX fellow in India was ‘oh wow boy, why?’ We had conversations about it and they began to see it as I did – as an opportunity for growth. I know a lot of people wondered why I would leave Zimbabwe for India. I admit, it is always scary to move to a country where society and culture are unknown to you. But for perspective I want to share a few of my reasons below and hopefully inspire someone else to pack it in for a six months and spend time growing yourself in spaces you didn’t you’d reach until you were at least 30 (at least that was me). I’ll structure it in Q&A format so it is easy to follow.
Q: Why did you want to become an IDEX fellow?
A: Intrapreneurship is mostly about providing a service or solution within organizations and communities or groups which need it and I strongly believe my involvement at whatever level will uplift me and the communities I work and exist in. The time has never been more fertile for likeminded individuals to come together to improve each other’s professional development or contribute to social enterprise development. I want to make a difference even if it is to one life and have the same happen to me. I always relish the possibility of learning new things and I envisioned that my skills and experience in communications and community development would be effectively used to give women and youth, specifically, a voice.
Q: Why were you the best for the programme?
A: I am passionate about three things; intrapreneurship, people and writing. Being able to bring those three things together in the service of my community is always the most rewarding thing to me. I would love the opportunity to give back and to foster development in the social enterprise sector. I am a dedicated hard worker and my focus is unrivalled especially with things I care deeply about such as the growth of innovation being steered by all. I am very adaptable and always eager to learn on the job. As a young person myself am privy to the challenges we face and with a focus on positive change as the end goal I always couple my skills with my passion to make a difference.
Q: What skills do you have to offer?
A: I am passionate about communications and community development and having Victim stories being told by Victims. This relentless and unapologetic vision has seen me do this in my country in this very column, the opportunity to do it at international level would be incredibly rewarding. I am motivated and extremely goal-oriented. I don’t believe in excuses, barring death the job must always get done. My social skills make it easy for me to work with other people and I am always eager to impart and extract knowledge from others. I am also very social media savvy.
Q: What does intrapreneurship mean to you?
A: It means equipping today’s employees within organizations with enough knowledge and opportunities to allow them to step into leadership roles in the future. I believe one of Zimbabwe’s biggest problems is the lack of succession plans, in that current leaders aren’t investing enough in the youth to be able to pass on that baton to them when the time comes. This gap means we will constantly be looking outward to solve internal problems. In my experience the youth is extremely capable and willing to learn and do the work, focusing on its development and empowerment means that everybody wins. I believe my role as an African youth is to be a solution provider and that will be contributed to by robust engagement between the youth and adults.
Q: Why is intrapreneurship more relevant today?
A: intrapreneurship will always be relevant for as long as our efforts to create and implement solutions for our day to day problems. It means we need to continue being unapologetic for how we seek to innovate from within. We have to recognise the power of innovation and how that will realise our collective growth. So many of the world’s economies are impressive because they were built on the backs of this, we need to not shy away from that power. The community is only as strong as her people and that is a strength often left out of the management books. It means creating opportunities where employees are telling their own stories and creating their own means of achieving them.