Startups invited to apply for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards

Startups invited to apply for AppsAfrica Innovation Awards
Applications are now welcome for the fourth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The awards are open to corporates, established ventures or startups that have launched tech services in at least one African market. The 2018 awards span 14 categories, including Disruptive Innovation, Health, Blockchain, Education, Fintech, Agritech, IoT, and Social Impact. Winners will gain industry recognition, global publicity and the opportunity to network with more than 300 industry peers at the awards celebra...

Want to increase the odds of your startup success? Don’t forget the past

Want to increase the odds of your startup success? Don’t forget the past
We can learn as much, if not more, from failure than from success. Nevertheless, our mistakes only provides us with opportunities for learning and growth, if we're able to reflect on our experience, discover where we went wrong and figure out how we might do things differently next time. Although this can be a challenge for entrepreneurs who are constantly seeking the next opportunity and always thinking ahead, being able to recall and analyse your prior experience is an important skill worth de...

How to motivate users to complete a difficult task

How to motivate users to complete a difficult task
When a user downloads your app you only get one shot at creating a great first impression and getting a new user to register and set up an account before they can use the app creates friction for the user. The entire process needs to be as quick and easy as possible and this creates a challenge when you need users to complete tasks that require extra effort from them, says Lorena Vargas, a senior UI/UX designer at Modus Create. Taking AirBnB as an example, Vargas shares here "a step-by-step...

4 ways to create a learning culture on your team

4 ways to create a learning culture on your team
Businesses need to be responsive to rapidly changing technologies and the best way to achieve this is by creating a culture of continuous learning and development that inspires, motivates and empowers employees to acquire new skills and competencies. Research shows that making learning an everyday aspect of the workplace can create positive impacts on organisational performance by boosting employee engagement, improving productivity, increasing workplace efficiency and encouraging greater o...

9 daily rituals to boost your performance at work (infographic)

9 daily rituals to boost your performance at work (infographic)
Athletes use pre-game rituals to help them focus on achieving their goals, musicians often have rituals they perform before they'll go on stage and some of the world's best performing executives have morning rituals they follow to set themselves up for the day. A ritual can be any set of actions you use to get into the right mindset for an important event or activity. Here, Rose Leadam shares some of the rituals that can boost your performance, improve your productivity,...

Be careful not to lose twice

Be careful not to lose twice
Most of us have been advised at one time or another to choose our battles wisely yet, while we know it's good advice, we may not always recognize which battles are worth engaging in and which we should walk away from. Deciding which path to take isn't always about who's right and who's wrong—and there may be times when "taking the wrong path causes you to lose twice," says entrepreneur turned VC investor Mark Suster. Here, he shares his insights and experiences to help you know when to fight, wh...

20 life lessons I wish I knew 10 years ago

20 life lessons I wish I knew 10 years ago
While it's natural to look back on our lives and think "I wish I'd known that sooner," it's important to reflect on the choices we make as a tool for learning rather than with a deep sense of regret for any opportunities we missed. Facing our own challenges and making our own mistakes form a natural and necessary part of our personal growth. Nevertheless, the insights we gain from other people's experiences—and those we share with others from our own experiences—can also serve as ...

5 ways to make tough decisions faster (and not regret them later)

5 ways to make tough decisions faster (and not regret them later)
Almost everything we do involves making decisions and we make many of them without giving much conscious thought to them. When it comes to making difficult career or life decisions, you'll naturally want to weigh up your options and consider the possible ramifications before choosing the option you think will better serve you. Deliberating for too long however can make it harder for you to decide and prevent you moving forward. In this article, author and time-management coach Elizabet...

15 soft skills to look for when hiring new employees

15 soft skills to look for when hiring new employees
Having the right technical skills and expertise doesn't guarantee someone's going to be a competent and effective employee. If you want to hire the best people for your business, you need to look beyond their hard skills to find evidence of their soft skills. Although they can be more difficult to quantify, these are the skills that can bring greater value to the business. The first step in evaluating a candidate's soft skills is to know what you're looking for. With this in mind, Young Ent...

Nine cognitive biases risk managers should know

Nine cognitive biases risk managers should know
Every decision you make can impact your business to a greater or lesser extent. We make hundreds of decisions and judgments every day and while we'd like to think they're entirely rational, they're prone to hundreds of cognitive biases. Cognitive biases are mental shortcuts and although they help us make faster decisions, they affect the way we perceive the risks and benefits of our actions and lead to errors in judgment and poor decision-making. Here, Charles Orton-Jones shares nine exampl...

Join Today!

  • #ShapingtheOdds is completely free to join and use, and community members buy into the pay-it-forward philosophy of openly sharing help, knowledge, ideas and advice to fellow community members. 

    Register below, or read more here!

  • We recommend that you register and log in using the Facebook button.