I regularly talk about how mobile can be a game changer for business and non-profit organisations. Many times when people talk about innovation, they have their heads in the clouds, when in reality the most effective solutions may be so simple and straightforward that they are missed.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Until December 2012, Enactus was known as Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). I have been an active member of the Business Advisory Board (BAB) of the University Of Lagos chapter for a number of years now.
Effective communication between the chapter team and BAB members is key to the activities of the chapter, and sometimes email is just not enough. Our team needed a better way to keep in touch and keep communications warm and effective. Yesterday morning, I got a WhatsApp group notification. A group named “Enactus UNILAG” had been created and I had been added. In a flash, the lights came on! Brilliant approach. I wondered why I hadn’t thought about it myself.
In the last 24 hours or so, I have been in touch with individual members of Enactus UNILAG that I have not exchanged pleasantries with in months, as well as other BAB members and the faculty adviser (we have both interacted on WhatsApp for quite a while before this initiative). A simple WhatsApp group now helps with information dissemination in real time, as well as interact for bonding and for exchange of ideas for project implementation. Sometimes, the solutions are easy and straightforward – like a basic WhatsApp group.
How are you using mobile for more effective group communications and teamwork? Do share your story.