Leaders in Digital Era

#LiDE is a series of webinars that aim at equipping leaders in microfinance institutions with the necessary skills and understanding of tools to effectively lead a team in digital world.  

The idea was developed based on lessons learnt from the Digital Literacy Bootcamp  devoted to digital transformation in microfinance. 

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Digitalize or die – offering services online is no longer an alternative for MFIs; it is the way as people all over the world change their preferences towards any type of brand and sector. However, today’s leaders must manage not only an organization that undergoes a digital transformation.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic boosted the fact that more and more employees work remotely. They have been suddenly forced to deal with work challenges in a time of volatility, anxiety, fast changing circumstances and many uncontrolled risks. Thus, the leaders manage people that live in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous). They manage virtual teams that often consist of three generations (X, Y, Z) with varying skills and attitudes.

This requires leaders to make sure they improve skills like emotional intelligence, managing generational differences, and building an organizational culture that embraces fast changing consumers’ preferences and fashion, driven by accelerating technology.

The webinars help microfinance leaders in building the always winning team, by: 

[Track 1] Leadership in digital eraleadership skills and agile mindset for digital transformation 

[Track 2] Digital teams: managing, motivating, monitoring and communicating with teams working from home 

[Track 3] Talent digital development: online recruitment and training 

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UPCOMING WEBINARS 

How to reach consensus during online meetings
[Track 2]

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:00 – 12:15 CET (Berlin / Warsaw / Sarajevo)

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 💡 Some people simply hate meetings, as there is a lot of talking, and no results. It might be even worse with online meetings, when there is no chance to “close the deal” while having a break or informal conversations outside the meeting room. Does it sound like your case? Then this webinar is for you. This webinar is a follow up to the previous one titled Online Meeting Facilitation, introducing the rules and principles of online meeting facilitation.

 ➡ In this webinar, we are focusing on facilitation methods which can be used in those online meetings, that require participants to agree on something or to reach a consensus. It will be run as a demo of real discussion, relevant for microfinance practitioners.

Participants will learn:

1. How do you structure and run an online meeting, during which a group has to come to an agreement / consensus?
2. What is a focus question and why it is important to create one at the beginning of the meeting?
3. How to use online tools for facilitation?
4. What makes a good facilitator (do’s and dont’s)? The webinar targets any staff member in an MFI, responsible for organizing and facilitating a meeting at any level of the organization.

If you haven’t participated in the previous webinar “Online Meeting Facilitation”, it is highly recommended to watch its recording in advance.

Our Expert

Joanna Rada

facilitator, coach and business trainer

Joanna Rada who is a professional facilitator, coach and business trainer with 15 years senior exectutive background She has developed the Facilitator’s training for Coachwise in Poland and delivered multiple facilitated sessions in-classrom and online for groups and teams from different industries. 

She is also a certified ICF coach with 8 years experience who supports teams and individuals in their professional skills development.  

Empower the team to develop your MFI 

[Track 1] 

Thursday, May 6th 2021, 11:00 – 12:15 CET (Berlin / Warsaw / Sarajevo)

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💡 In order to embrace fast pace of change and the blessing of digitalization, as a leader, you need to have the right people in your boat. Digital transformation is rarely about firing and hiring new people. Neither it is about the all-knowing manager show. It is more about leaders releasing capacities, that allow employees and a manager to act as integral, united team and lift up the organization to the new level.

➡ This webinar sketches the map of key leadership competencies, that are necessary to develop organization in digital era. We are focusing especially on crucial ability to build trust and high engagement in your team, which will create solid base for accountability and empowerment. The participants will learn how to test the level of trust in their teams. They will get familiar with practical first steps helping increasing its level. Similarly, we will discuss how to improve delegation of decision making, that improves effectiveness.

😉 This webinar is for anyone who leads a team in an MFI – from field teams up to senior management teams.

Our expert

Tomasz Klekowski

Digital transformation expert

Tomasz worked in Intel for 20 years, as General Manager for Europe and Business Development Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He serves as digital transformation expert, advising and collaborating with industry associations, think-tanks, universities, investment funds and start-ups. Focusing on exploring technology impact on economy and society, he helps companies and executives to navigate across technology revolutions.

MFI that embraces innovation

[Track 1] 

Thursday, May 20th 2021, 11:00 – 12:15 CET (Berlin / Warsaw / Sarajevo)

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💡 Your MFI does not need to fall behind with digitalization. Embracing innovation requires setting up a few practical systems. It also requires the courage to change your definition of failure.

➡ In this webinar, we are helping MFIs to define and manage their structure for supporting innovation. We will review internal and external sources of innovation. We are also proving, that ability to fail is an ability to win. We are discussing the methods and tools to control and benefit from failed pilot tests, which eventually lead to a break-through solution.

😉 This webinar is for bold managers in MFIs, that want to develop the organization / their department or their team into new level of digitalization. We encourage you to watch the recording of the preceded webinar “Empower your team to develop organization”.

Our expert

Tomasz Klekowski

Digital transformation expert

Tomasz worked in Intel for 20 years, as General Manager for Europe and Business Development Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He serves as digital transformation expert, advising and collaborating with industry associations, think-tanks, universities, investment funds and start-ups. Focusing on exploring technology impact on economy and society, he helps companies and executives to navigate across technology revolutions.

How to become an agile MFI?

[Track 1] 

Thursday, June 17th 2021, 11:00 – 12:15 CET (Berlin / Warsaw / Sarajevo)

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💡 Agility is the capability that drives start-ups, successful digital careers and companies. Although fundamentally used in iterative processes of software development, it can be applied also beyond it, stirring up an innovation.
➡ In this webinar, we are discussing the uses of agility in marketing, HR, customer service, as well as in executive teams and boards of directors. The participants will have an opportunity to do a rough assessment of the level of agility in their team/organization. They will get familiar with practical methods of applying agile approach in their daily work with their team, including tips for running short and low-cost experiments, that stir up innovation.
😉 The webinar aims at equipping in practical methods of agility for executive teams as well as anyone, who leads any kind of a team in an MFI.

Our Expert

Magdalena Firlit

Scrum Master and Agile Transformation consultant

Magdalena is a Professional Scrum Trainer Scrum.org and Agile Transformation consultant. She helped many organizations on their way toward Agility. She has over 21 years of professional experience and over 12 years in Agile environments. Magdalena shares her experience and knowledge by writing articles and recording videos.
She is also a mentor, speaker, guest lecturer and coach.

WEBINARS LIBRARY

Watch the recordings of past webinars within the series.

[Track 1] Leadership in digital era

Always a winning team

Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Emotionally Intelligent Organizational Culture

 

[Track 2] Digital teams

Watch out for monsters under the bed – how to avoid poor online office communication

What to do when you’re not getting what you want – constructive criticism in remote teams

Online meeting facilitation

 

[Track 3] Talent digital development

Running online trainings

 

Information about the project 

Founders:

 

European Fund for South East Europe Development Facility

 

 

European Investment Bank Institute
This initiative has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). For further information please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easi. The information contained in this communication does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission.

Project status: active

Project duration: 2020 – 2021

Project regional focus: ECA

Project Objectives:

The webinars series Leaders in Digital Era aims at equipping leaders in microfinance institutions with the necessary skills and understanding of tools to effectively lead a team in digital world.

 Key Activities:

Leaders in Digital Era is organized in a format of series of webinars featuring key topics delivered by experts in identified key areas of leadership, soft skills and managing teams in digital world.