Initiative Update

Collaboration is the new Competition

Amanda Obidike
Posted September 5, 2020

Striving for collaboration requires a mature, open-minded perspective that believes in the "greater good", in the abundance mentality - that there is enough for everyone, and that more can be gained from cooperation than from competing. Collaboration can push our deliverables to be more innovative and sustainable-driven for the community we serve, our marketplace and even our beneficiaries.

In my last post, I shared how we were still in need of more women mentors to come onboard for the Project Kuongoza mentoring program due to large number of young girls in MENA nations and Sub-Saharan countries still waitlisted. After discussing with my team on how we can scale and reach more professional women, we decided to leverage on our existing network and fellowships we are in. Thankfully, we established partnership with the Society of Women Engineers within a month in getting women signed up, the Yunus and Youth; Brazil was happy to help me as a Fellow in sharing the opportunity across its network and Liverwire UAE offered the needed strategy and operations consulting in sustaining Project Kuonogoza.

Today, we have an additional number of 75+ women who are committed to offer their time, resources and knowledge to see these girls succeed in STEM. I understand that now, more than ever, young women need collaboration and more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, and to go for it.

 

Collaboration is more than just a buzzword for today’s community.  We found a common ground with partners and worked together to achieve a common goal. When there is mutual satisfaction with both the process and the outcome, the likelihood of productive implementation of decisions and plans is greatly increased.

This taught me we collaborate to win. To Create disruption. To Learn from others' experience. To deal effectively with a more diverse market/ community and to network towards a Win-Win interest.

Mother Theresa said, "None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful."

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Nini Mappo
Sep 06
Sep 06

Hello Amanda,
I'm glad to hear that more mentors are coming on board to grow and develop future female leaders of STEM in Africa.
Thank you for sharing your journey to encourage us, and congratulations on your growing impact.

Amanda Obidike
Sep 07
Sep 07

Hi Nini.
Yes we did and more to come.
Thank you so much for the kind words.
Trust you are doing great...

Chidimma
Sep 07
Sep 07

Hello Dear Amanda, indeed I totally agree with you" That there is enough for everyone, and more can be gained from cooperation than competition. This world is big and can contain everyone no matter where and how you find yourself. Thanks for sharing. Cooperation is indeed worth more than competition.
Love
Chidimma.

Amanda Obidike
Sep 07
Sep 07

Thank you, Nwanyi Oma.
God bless you.

Isata Kabia
Sep 07
Sep 07

A really brilliant execution of collaboration over competition. The old adage of you get more when you give is also a great leadership practice. I hope the evidence of mutually beneficial results will encourage more women to live with the abundance mentality. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the new partnerships!

Amanda Obidike
Sep 08
Sep 08

Thank you, Isata for the wise words. As women, collaboration should be one of my driving strategies to win - especially in this era.
I appreciate your words.

Hello, Amanda,

Congratulations on the new addition of mentors! Thanks for the lesson about collaboration. Women can do greater things when we collaborate! I love that quote from Mother Theresa. Thanks for this encouraging update. Great job!

Amanda Obidike
Sep 09
Sep 09

Thank you too, Karen.
Truly inspired by your stories and leadership.
I appreciate the encouragement.

It's my pleasure, dear sister. Thank you for your kind words.

Hawwah
Sep 09
Sep 09

Dear Amanda,
Collaboration is everything.
Well done with what you are doing with Girls in STEM.
It is highly needed not juts in our society but the world over.
You can count on me at any time.

Amanda Obidike
Sep 14
Sep 14

Thank you so much, Hawwa.
You are an inspiration. God bless you.

Hello Amanda,
You are doing a wonderful work , and thanks you are able to reach more by your strategic collaborations across all of this Organizations. Well done!

Amanda Obidike
Sep 14
Sep 14

Thank you Ma. Thank you so much.
God bless you.

rebecca.tang
Sep 14
Sep 14

Thank you for sharing. Absolutely agree. Collaboration with others gives us the synergy. We can leverage one another's knowledge and experience. It is not only 1+1 = 2 , it derives more than 2.
We can do something awesome together!

Amanda Obidike
Sep 14
Sep 14

Very true, Rebecca. We can accomplish alot when we do.
Thank you for the valuable contribution.