100-Day Challenge Ambassadors are the travel guides during the 100-Day Challenge journey. Like all good travel guides, the more they travel on the mountain road, the more helpful they become to other travellers they guide: they know the tricky spots where people can slip. They know what tools to pack on the trip. They know where the best camping grounds are on the path to the top.
As we saw in Section 2, there are two types of travellers on the 100-Day Challenge journey. There are leaders who head the local organisations and agencies, and there are 100-Day team members who are asked by leaders to forge their way to the top of the mountain in 100 days. Ambassadors guide and support both. And in particular, they guide and support the following individuals at the various stages of the journey:
Ambassadors, the travel guides on the 100-Day journey, provide guidance to different groups and individuals at different times. Here are a breakdown of who, when and how they guide.
As of the Start
GUIDING THE CONVENER
After the Leadership Design Session
GUIDING THE MENTORS
At the Lift-off Workshop
GUIDING THE 100-DAY TEAM
After the Lift-off Workshop
GUIDING THE TEAM LEADERS
Apart from these specific task-oriented activities, Ambassadors play an important and subtle role throughout the 100-Day Challenge. They keep everyone engaged and feeling upbeat and motivated. They do this in various ways:
This subtle aspect of the work of the Ambassadors will be highlighted in more detail in each Landmark. The parts of the agenda of each workshop that are primarily intended to create this sense of engagement and cohesion will be colour-coded in grey.
The Convener asks two individuals to fill the role of 100-Day Challenge Ambassadors. These individuals can be individual contributors, middle managers, or senior executives. The important thing though is that they are :
There are three critical skills that Ambassadors use in 100-Day Challenges:
Some Ambassadors may already be very skilled in these areas. For those who would like to sharpen their skills in one or more of these areas, we will be adding soon a Module on these in the Leaning Programme, with useful frameworks, tools and exercises. There is no substitute though for practising and getting feedback from peers, clients and experienced practitioners.
In order to succeed in the role, Ambassadors need to dedicate time to learn about the role and to practise it. If they are part of an organisation, they need the support of their managers so they can dedicate time for this. This includes the following time commitments:
Total days – 5
Total days – 3.5
Total days – 3
Total days – 3
Total days – 2
Total days – 2
The time estimated above will be spent on:
At the end of the 100-days:
Interim indicators during the 100 days:
What we mean by “appropriate” and “quality” will become clearer in the Programme Landmarks. Tools to assess these will be provided in the Landmarks as well.
If you are interested in higher levels of mastery in supporting 100-Day Challenge work, there is a certification track that you can pursue after your initial experience as a 100-Day Challenge Ambassador. Certification requires successfully supporting two cycles of 100-Day Challenges, completing Level 2 Ambassador training, and passing a Certification Exam. Certification is issued jointly by the World of Impact and RE!NSTITUTE. The two tables below summarise the requirements for Level 1 100-Day Challenge Ambassadors, and Level 2 (certified) Ambassadors
Complete Level 1 requirements, and…
Jot down thoughts on these questions – to the extent they are relevant to your experience at the session:
They did some work before you received the Challenge Note. This included:
Mentors will participate in all or part of the Lift-Off Workshop, mostly at the start to provide context and answer questions, and at the end to give you and your teammates feedback about the goal and plan you develop.
During the 100 days following the Lift-Off Workshop, here’s what the Mentors will do: