Professional Participation – a case study

Ann, Nickson, Nancy and Ezekiel know each other from church. They’ve been looking for something to help them cement their friend circle while having fun as well. They’re all in entry level or middle management roles at their respective organisations which pay the bills but don’t give them much opportunity for growth in their current circumstances. They’re all aware that they need to invest in themselves: their experience and upskill to get more responsibility, money and challenges. At the moment however they’re focused on having some fun!

Weekend partying is boring, conversations revolve around the same topics of politics, celebrity gossip and an unforgiving future. Ezekiel wants something different and wants to share this with his friends so that they can all go forward in life. He decides to register for the GMC and invite his 3 friends to be his team members. They know this is going to be different – exciting because they’ve never done something intellectually challenging together and from all the testimonials they’ve read they know that after the experience they will be transformed: better leaders, better team-players, better decision makers.

They’re however scared of the cost of participation. KES 25,000/- is a lot of money for a type of training they’ve never heard of in Nancy’s opinion. Nickson however explains to the group: the 25,000/- split between the 4 of them is 6,250/- each. You’d often pay that much for a half-day training for specific topics around HR or sales for example. The GMC is split over a minimum of 6 weeks and if you advance to round 2 then that’s another 6 weeks. It could work out to less than 500/- per week and the training is more than just a single topic like marketing.

During their participation in GMC they build a stronger bond amongst themselves. Their collective leadership strength is noticed by the other church members and they are asked to take lead on some tasks related to educating the children in the church about business and financial management. Nancy thinks they got back much more than the 25,000/- investment – she believes that it should be 25,000/- per individual after her initial doubts!

If they win at the National Final they will be the pride and envy of their peers. Their work colleagues will notice them and the opportunity for promotion will lean in their favour because they invested in themselves instead of waiting for their employer to help them gain experience. Plus they get the chance to represent Kenya at the International Final in Dubai!