2 in 3 children worldwide have no access to the internet

We claim the internet is ubiquitous, but only in certain parts of the world. A report by UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says 2.2 billion or two thirds of children and young people aged 25 years or less do not have internet access at home. Here are other findings:

  1. Globally, only 33 percent of children and young people have internet access at home.
  2. A significant gap exists between high and low-income countries. High income countries have 87 percent coverage while low income countries have 6 percent.
  3. Only 5 percent of children and young people in West and Central Africa have internet access at home compared to 33 percent global average.

Proposed solution to this problem:

UNICEF and ITU have joined forces to launch Giga, an ambitious global intitiative to connect every school to the internet. Learn more about Giga here.

How am I doing at work? The importance of feedback.

No one talked.

The boss did not call meetings. We worked in silos thinking that everything was going on well with the world. Until, one day work became an autonomous unchallenging tryst with life itself.

A very common situation. During the mid-1990s, I worked for a boss who sat just two feet away. A very nice man but he never believed in feedback. If asked, he would shrug his shoulders and say: “You are doing just fine.”

Managerial feedback is as important as workplace harmony. As human beings, our innate curiosity makes us ask: How and Why.
“You’ve got to look into the mirror before giving feedback to others,” says Suzanne Peterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “Giving and receiving feedback enhances your credibility,” Dr. Peterson said at a recent coaching session I had the good fortune to attend.

How many of us have asked (or rather dared to ask) direct reports about our own performance? I’ve done it and it has helped me immensely. In one instance, a direct report said: “You need to tell us clearly what you want us to do and then let go.” Translated, it meant: “Shut up and trust me with my work.” I understood clearly that trust matters.

Here are some common sense tips to improve feedback:

  • Make a list of what you do once every two weeks
  • Share  important achievements and challenges with your boss
  • When good things happen, let your boss know. This adds up during your performance review.
  • Jot down key accomplishments as they will help you in your career
  • Always keep an eye on where you want to go (make better lists)
  • Seek feedback from direct reports and peers
  • Even if your boss doesn’t respond, keep sending lists. We all know  that record keeping helps.
  • Finally, believe in yourself. We can improve and help others be better.