Last Friday, I finished my official assignment with Equity Bank in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Since then, I have explored the beautiful landscape and enjoyed the impressive wildlife of northern Tanzania.
Elephant in Lake Manyara N.P.
This was indeed a huge difference to my daily work at the bank. During my adventures, I also found time to think about my assignment and especially my take outs.
After my appreciation the knowledge transfer was the biggest contribution to all of the involved parties, regardless whether staff members, clients or myself. And then in particular my comprehensive report to the attention of the Senior Management with a lot of concrete suggestions in order to improve processes and products as well as to consider new products. Thanks to the assignment, Equity was able to benefit from a professional and independent assessment of the business and got in addition useful information provided by employees and customers.
Personally, I strengthened my listening and educational skills as well as my social competences. I did also learn how to life in a country with a lot of differences to my home country. The main challenges were: to come along with a different culture and functioning, to communicate with people without being capable to handle their mother tongue and to life with a different social class. Despite the differences, I will never forget the warm-hearted people and the numerous of excellent discussions, in- and outside of my work environment.
The assignment was a great experience, an all around success and left unforgettable footprints in my memory …
… and it will go on … off the record!
Wish you all a peaceful Advent season in the company of your loved one.