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Taster of the Learning Revolution in Tanzania

I am so honoured that I got invited to coach few training sessions in Team Academy Iringa in Tanzania. I just got back from that trip and I am still so excited of everything that happened in there.

First when I got that invitation I was a bit scared as I didn’t know what they would need and if my coaching would be any beneficial for them. But after contacting them,  finding out what is the situation at the moment and getting their feedback for my ideas I felt a bit more confident.

This had been their first year to run the Team Academy, so the teampreneurs had started just eight months ago, but even in that short time, they had been able to create a real Team Academy atmosphere in there and the place felt so homely right away. That is so weird feeling when you travel to the other side of the world, but when there is something like Team Academy which connects you so strongly it feels like you almost know the people already.

International Challenge

I have been always really passionate about the international network, -collaboration and about the opportunities those can bring, so I decided to run my sessions mostly around them, as I had understood the teampreneurs hadn’t had that much interaction with the other Team Academies in the past year. After I told my story and about my passions and goals I told them about the Global Team Academy network and a little bit about each unit in it, showed them some channels they could use to get in touch with them and then I gave them a challenge. They would have 24h to get in touch with the other teampreneurs from the network, and on the next day they would have to present what they had found out. First we started to think what they would like to ask from them and then it was time to put the plans in to action. You could really feel the excitement from them, but it was still so difficult to know if they would be able to reach the other teampreneurs as it was such a short time, but now we just had to hope the best.

Results from the challenge

I was so excited to hear the results on the next day, everyone was in a good mood which even raised my excitement. We decided to give them 20min to create the presentations about their findings by using 5E (most people know it as 4E: Entertainment, Education, Escapism and Esthetics, but we also have our own eSpirit of Team Academy in there). First they seemed a bit lost, looked like they didn’t know where to start with it, but by the end of planning the room was on “fire” and I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts. They were ready, so it was time for the presentations.

The presentations were all so different, one team was pretend to be a football team, one was travelling on space, one was a group of people who inspired them most and the last one was a group of pop starts, so the presentation were definitely very entertaining. But the most exciting thing was that all the teams had been able to get in touch with the teampreneurs, which was just amazing. They had been asking them about their projects, about what motivates them and what kind of goals they had, but also about potential future collaboration. They had learned that the others are facing exactly same challenges as them and what really warmed my heart was when they told that now they really feel like they are part of the big family, part of the Team Academy family. Also my favourite quote from the presentations was “If all TA’s could work together, we could do a real revolution”. That was so powerful and that is so true!

I was so pleased to hear all the results and to see the energy they got out of that exercise in such a short time and most importantly I hope this really helped to open the doors to keep the communication going on from both side of the network. As even we are physically far away from each other, that doesn’t mean anything anymore in this world as we can so easily keep in touch. This challenge also proved that correct.

Check-out

In the end we were checking out and one teampreneur suggested that in our check-out round we should tell a one thing what others can’t do, but what in TA you can. It was so empowering to hear all the things they confidently said aloud, I also checked out: “Others follow the paths which already exist, but teampreneurs know how to create their own paths.”

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Can travelling help you to become a better entrepreneur?

I was 15 when I did my first proper trip abroad, we went to Ireland for one week, but even though I didn’t speak any english at that time I was already hooked. Since that I have travelled to 25 different countries, learned to speak english while living in States, worked in 5 different countries and that way learned a lot about communicating with people from different backgrounds and even with people who I don’t share a common language.

So what else can you learn from travelling?

When travelling everything doesn’t always go like planned, flights might be delayed, bags get lost and suddenly you have to adapt the new situation and find ways to continue your journey. It will really develop your ability to adapt, which is also a key skill when working as an entrepreneur. To try to prevent these situations you will learn a lot about time management, as you don’t wanna miss your flight or in short time you are able to plan how to see all the best sites from the city.

It will also raise your cultural awareness, nowadays world is so international anyways, so even small start-ups are expected to interact with foreign cultures. When travelling you will learn about other cultures and differences we have with each other and that is really powerful competence to have when you are an entrepreneur. You will also meet a lot new people and build relationships with people around the world, which can be handy when starting a business, but it also helps you to strengthen your networking skills as you probably have been in situations where you had to interact with people you otherwise wouldn’t.

That is why travelling is one of Tiimiakatemia // Team Academies core values. Sometimes you just have to go far to see near and by travelling we will also learn more and faster. (see the whole global network map from here)

I am also so proud of our Team Academy Newcastle as this is the first year when all our team companies has or will do learning journeys to Amsterdam, Hungary (Budapest & Debrecen), Barcelona and Finland (Tampere & Jyväskylä). So excited to see what kind of learnings we will get from these trips!

So what do you think, can travelling help you to become a better entrepreneur?

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Importance of having a clear vision!

In Team Academy Newcastle the November is now Movember, so the month of Personal Growth. We have encouraged everyone to update their learning contracts (read my earlier blog text about How to set effective goals) and really think what are their goals and visions for the future. To follow this theme I have also took some time to think about my goals and how they have affected my life.

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I really enjoy working as an entrepreneur, you never know what will happen in the future. But in other hand the vision and goals about your future might be a lot more clearer when you are an entrepreneur rather than if you would be working for someone else.

New challenges

I started working full time around three months ago and it did kind of “scare” me a little bit first, I would have strict working hours, a certain amount of holidays, I would live at least two years in Newcastle, UK. I know that most of the people would be super happy about those things and that’s what they are aiming for to have a balance in their life and certainty about the future. And to be honest I really love it too, learning about new country, organization, meeting new people and being able to work on something I am really passionate about. Even though I think in some point I might continue as a entrepreneur but who knows.

Powerful vision

I am quite clear about my vision and I want to become a master in team learning and team coaching. Also want to make it possible for everyone around the world to learn by doing, spiced up with team work and by running a real company. To be able to reach that goal I need a lot more experience and knowledge about Team Coaching and about how to establish Team Academies in new countries and Universities. That way I can also raise my credibility on eyes of higher education.

So where I am at the moment with my goal? I would say I am definitely on the right path as I am so happy with my role at Northumbria University at the moment as I am able to train my coaching skills and also learn what does it mean to put Team Academy methods into practise in new envoirement.

Next Steps

Few years ago I trained to become Team Coach in this Team Mastery training program, but to get the Tiimiakatemia® Team Coach certification I also need at least 1,5 years team coaching experience. So now I have got it I am able to apply for the certificate, so let’s cross the fingers I will get it as that would be great proof about my knowledge and experience as a  Team Coach.

Second big step for me is the Leadership and Management MSc course which I started few weeks ago, I am so excited to learn more about myself and develop my leadership skills. This journey will take around two and half years, but I could not be more excited about it. Our first module is about leader identity and leadership so really discovering who we are and how does that effect on me as a leader.

So at the moment there is a lot happening, but when you love what you do and you have a clear vision in your mind nothing can slow you down! But we also have remeber to enjoy the journey and not only reach into the destination!

 

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Super International Action Month

So much has happened in one month, I have travelled around UK and also outside of it! So here a bit taster what has really happened then!

First of all we had the first TA`s Global Innovation Challenge on 19th-20th of November where I was the project leader, but there was also at least one person from each Tiimiakatemia organizing it, which made it pretty interesting and more fun. And I can say it wasn`t always easy, but when we finally got everything together and we could get 5 countries, 8 unit`s and over 100 teampreneurs to participate to the event the feeling was pretty amazing. It was so good to see real networking and sharing ideas through Google Hangout. Of course there were many things we could have done better, but that’s the best part when we can start to think how to make everything even better on next year.

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So right after that event I travelled from Newcastle to Hungary for long weekend, we had TALN (aka Tiimiakatemia Learning Network) meeting and then we had nice celebration of three year old Debrecen Tiimiakatemia. It was so great to meet all the team coaches from the network and share learning’s and thought about everything what`s happening at the moment. We also could create some next steps for Tiimiakatemia Australia what definitely made me very happy.

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My traveling continued from Hungary straight to Bristol where we had Akatemia CIC meeting where we got all the new people together who are interested to start Tiimiakatemia in their Schools or University’s in future. That was really great and important step thinking what Akatemia wants to achieve in UK in future mission is to enable the creation of 10 university Team Academy programmes in the UK by 2020”!

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One of those interested University`s was Falmouth University in very South of England, it`s mostly known about design and art, and about that they want to do things very differently! Tiimiakatemia degree is going to be their first business degree in whole University, which is going to be really great! So few weeks ago I also visited there and we organized taster day for younger students who could be interest to apply for the degree starting in September 2014. The day was success and people were really interested of it! And I love when teachers and parents are saying many times in these kind of events “may I apply, I would love that degree” It just makes me so happy! 😀

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And I almost forgot one important thing, I was supposed to come back to Finland in end of January, but it starts to look like I will stay in UK until end of June, so it also means I am going to get my first big customer for my company, I will get few more months to practise my skills as a team coach and see the full year of first teampreneurs in Newcastle, I couldn`t be any more happier about all of this!

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Visit in Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä

Was so great to visit at Tiimiakatemia yesterday. Last time I was there was half an year ago, so when I graduated! The spirit is just amazing there, everyone has things to do, but still people always have time to sit down and change news and thoughts. In Finland the new team entrepreneurs, penguins as we call them are starting on Monday, so older team entrepreneurs and coaches were getting things ready for crazy Kick Off. The idea is confuse them totally, so they realize it´s not normal school where they are coming at. I think I have to go there on Monday to see how everything goes 😀

On Tiimiakatemia´s walls were hanging their values, which I really like, they are so powerful and inspiring!

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Let´s get started!

Big things are happening in my life and I want to share them with you all. I did graduated in last December and after that I have traveled around the world, but now it´s time to get my hands back to work. My passion is to spread Tiimiakatemia (the coolest business education ever, check it out http://www.tiimiakatemia.fi) around the world and in one week I will know if I get to go to UK to be an assistant coach in one of the University´s where they will start the Team Entrepreneurship program. I could not be more excited and nervous, now we just have to wait until Thursday to see how the interview goes! 🙂

I also just started my own company called Dreamster, which helps me to make my dreams come true. I am still in very beginning and that why I wanted do start this blog, it will help me to realize what´s really happening and maybe someone else will get the inspiration from here to make their dreams come true too!