It was valuable lessons offered at the Young and Employable Workshop which hosted Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane at the University of Cape Coast on 23rd November 2019. The workshop was participant-oriented and full of interactions.
The purpose of the workshop was to inculcate in students’ handy and competent skills that are prerequisites in working and entrepreneurial life. Some of these skills are perceived as not important until one graduate to find out it is essential. Participants were thrilled with the insight gained at the workshop.
The training modules which encompassed Network and Communication, Critical Thinking, Creative Problem Solving, and Entrepreneurship was led by Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane, an International Development Expert. Here are a few lessons on each module.
First, the quote below set the tone and simplified the understanding of Networking.
“Networking is not about individual names and contacts but building, cultivating and retaining a relationship” – Marricke Kofi Gane.
Also, participants were admonished to be the breast of the characteristics of individuals and how to communicate properly to their comprehension. Communication is deemed successful when the intended message is understood exactly. The categories of persons communicated with mostly include Analytical; factual interest people, Sequential; orderly people, Inter-Personal; personal interaction people and Flamboyant; imaginative people. It is important to know who you are communicating with to know how to present your information.
More so, participants paired in the application of ‘the five whys’ to ascertain the real problem narrated by another. This section was practical and participants could attest that invariably most people complain about symptoms of the problem. Therefore, using the critical thinking approach to assess the problem; ‘the five whys’ would help one to conclude on the actual problem and not the symptoms.
Furthermore, lessons on creative problem solving were not left out. One approach to creative problem solving is what was term by Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane as ‘Adam and Eve’. This approach brings two separate solutions in innovative to solve an existing problem. For instance, Facebook brought together Social networks and the Internet… also, from bread and meat, Burger was invented.
Finally, it is a fact that the greatest obstacle of entrepreneurship is funding, however, one would not need all the funds before commencing the entrepreneurial life. Individual entrepreneurs should have the mind-set that the capital sum required for business is for the whole life of the business and not the starting. Therefore, don’t wait to get all the capital before you begin.
The lessons on competency skill shared by Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane at the Young and Employable workshop were insightful and eye-opening. The workshop organized by Young Africans for Opportunities at the University of Cape Coast (YAFO-UCC) in partnership with International Youth Fellowship and Marricke Gane Consulting Ltd is one of the many ways through YAFO-UCC is seeking to impact the young generation by igniting entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity as well as connecting opportunities.
He is a free-market advocate and programs manager at Young Africans for Opportunities (YAFO)