While at Drake University, the term “Collaboration is the new Innovation” was trending amongst the fellows. It started off as one of those phrases that just sound good. Then just like philosophies tell us “whatever we put or attention to grows”. So it stuck and it did more than stick, somehow all I have been doing since then was collaborating.
Because of this you can understand why the “Kipchoge” moment was very timely and big for me personally. It spoke to me. The collaboration that went on to ensure one person is championed on behalf of humanity to make that one difference that will impact all of us is remarkable. It’s a spirit most us millennials can only dream of.
After Kipchoge achieved his goal, it got people back home discussing his situation, in gatherings and online. Posts were flying around and almost all that I came across, had one message/question in common. They prompted us to look into our lives to see, like Kipchoge had, who our team is – who is running with you. Interesting how I never found, not one post, asking who we are championing.
Now I have explained why Kipchoge’s journey and win is big for me and when I came through Cathy’s post below, I was only compelled to share it. Let’s read through it and my closing remarks will bring everything into context.
I am a serial social entrepreneur from Tanzania with a passion to support and serve others in journey to success. I was recently selected to be part of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) under the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program for 2019 on business track and attended Drake University. The experience was life changing. I returned back home with plans, knowledge and the most valuable of them all connections and collaborations.
Every now and then I ask myself, who am I championing and assisting to win? Before I thought being a leader is what Kipchoge was to the Ineos Challenge. Now I know, leadership can be done in many ways and I believe service to be the most rewarding and impacting of them all.
Therefore, I urge you to lead differently by asking yourself who will you serve/ champion today. If you ask me, all of Kipchoge’s team members are leaders and this was a much bigger win for them. I say this because there would be no win without his diligent team members, each leading in their own space and roles towards the bigger picture.
The story of our world is bigger than any one of us. Your support is very much needed. Infact, it may be just what is needed to make the next break for humanity. Champion someone today.