Discover O365 Ghana: How it went

The Discover O365 Ghana event was held at Kempinski Hotel in Accra on July 19. This special event was organized by Microsoft’s leading Office 365 Engineers and Program Managers, collectively called Microsoft O365. Run as a cocktail event, this mixer hosted a fine blend of students, young entrepreneurs, software professionals and of course, representatives from educational institutions. In general, the event was a success. Plus, a splendid organization and massive attendance too.

Now let’s talk more about the key happenings of the night.


One of the main topics discussed, had to do with the Ghanaian work culture. Professionals from Microsoft O365 had some observations to share about our work attitude. Firstly, they pointed out that we lack the “can-do” spirit as Ghanaians. Everyone only does what is required of them; there’s the lack of initiative. One of them described how the work culture is at Microsoft. “It doesn’t feel like you’re working for someone else, feels like you’re working for you”, he said. Additionally, he explained that there is constant motivation to push harder, because efforts are acknowledged. He ended it with a speech on how we should love what we do. That way we would always produce excellent results.

Furthermore, the subject of trust was raised. Sometimes, bosses seem to have doubt about our work results. In such cases, you would realize they try to control even the smallest tasks given. This is called micro-managing. As soon as you feel micro-managed in a company, you need to sit up. Also, at that point, you have to strive to produce the best, whenever you have the chance to. Leave no room for mistakes, in order for your bosses to regain confidence in you. Otherwise, you have to quit. Yes, the other viable option is to walk away if things aren’t going well. After all, it is better to quit than to get fired.

“Quitting is not giving up, it’s choosing to focus your attention on something more important”

Osayi Emokpae Lasisi

On a more positive note, the Microsoft O365 team announced their search for new talents and business opportunities. Some upcoming software experts showed interest and thereby presented some ideas and plans to them.

Also, other Microsoft representatives expanded the point on confidence. Rising software entrepreneurs were encouraged to believe in themselves before anything else. Self-esteem makes everything possible. Again, they were urged to always seek quality in their businesses, as that would make them stand out.

So all in all, Discover O365 Ghana was splendid. Lots to drink, people to connect with and much to be enlightened about. Kudos to Microsoft O365!

Article by the GIBT team