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Doing the Work is the Short-cut

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The other day I saw an image on Instagram saying ‘doing the work is the short-cut‘. What does that mean? What is the goal for the short-cut and what does doing the work even mean?

A human desire to unleash the superhero inside of us

In my work with Amani Institute I have facilitated personal and leadership development trainings for over 300 changemakers from all over the world since 2013. Our Fellows are often people who already work with social impact but feel that it’s time to invest in themselves as professionals to fully unlock their potential to lead and create change. Or they are professionals who currently work in the private sector and look for a way how to align what they do with a larger purpose in life.

One thing that keeps coming up in this works is a desire in people to find a quick fix that will help them, miraculously, become better leaders and innovators in an instant – or find a job that aligns with their purpose. This is common and quite human, I might add. Who wouldn’t want to be able to just ‘flip a switch’ and unleash the superhero inside themselves!?

Learning how to walk our talk

Alas, if we think we can ‘know’ how to innovate or lead by ‘understanding’ frameworks or concepts we are, unfortunately, wrong. This is why in Amani Institute’s 9-month Post-Graduate Program in Social Innovation Management we ask Fellows to actually go through the steps of our framework by working on a real life project as a practice piece. We don’t want to hear you talk about change, we want to help you walk it for real. Failures are welcome and part of the process – in fact, often it is attachments of our egos to impressive outcomes that are obstacles in our way of really diving deeply into grasping the tools and examining how we might best be able to work with them. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be ambitious about the change we want to create – in the contrary. However, great change only ever happens when people are really dedicated to the outcomes, willing to test, review and change their approaches to make it possible.

Bringing together ambition and humility in the learning process

During the 4-month Immersion phase of the program Fellows live, work and train essential professional skills around leadership, management, entrepreneurship, communication and problem solving in innovative hubs like Nairobi, Kenya, Bengaluru, India or Sao Paulo, Brazil. This requires you to both, come with an open mind to learn as much as possible and yet exercise the humility and patience it takes to learn how to walk the talk.

In the 4-month Action phase that follows the Immersion Phase we ask Fellows to do the work, again, but now in an even more real-world scenario: In their work or in the process of creating or finding new work scenarios.

What helps to unlock our potential and shape our careers

Doing the program does not miraculously help people to find their dream job or finally start their dream of a social enterprise – but it enables them to walk their talk and take one step after the other to do the work needed to create a better and more just world. Yes, being part of powerful communities and networks helps – and yes, having experience in one of the most innovative cities in the world helps – and yes, training with experts from the field helps enormously. But none of that takes away the fact that we need to do the work. Understanding that deeply, might be the most powerful take-away from any learning experience you’ve had in your life.

Learn more about Amani Institute’s Post-Graduate Program in Social Innovation Management

If you want to know more about the program, please feel free to get in touch, watch this video and check out our program page here.

The next class starts in July with a 1-month online foundation phase followed by 4 months Immersion in either Kenya, Brazil or India and a 4 month Action phase in the location of your choice. 

International Application Deadline: June 10th

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