The power of small wins is something many of us have witnessed. When taking over a leadership role, inspiring change or introducing something new, the probability of acceptance is much higher if you begin to build trust through small gestures or events that show results – so the group can see a win. While it may be tempting to mandate change and address everything at once, this approach is not likely to build belief that the change is good or that it can or should be continually implemented by the team, so it will likely not stick once the leader or change agent is not close to the situation. For anything to be sustainable, it must be owned and able to be duplicated by those closest to the work.
It’s no different in the African villages we are currently visiting with Global … Read More »
We have embarked on our second journey to Ethiopia with Global Hope Network International (GHNI). After we made sure our beds and clothing were sprayed down for bugs, we dug right in with the GHNI team to learn more about the progress since our last visit.
Many specialists come in and out of these villages. They make substantial improvements by giving wells, schools and more. These improvements are fantastic and help to give the villages the push they need to discover that positive change can happen. But what’s really needed is an generalist organizing mentality to help the village take its resources and develop long term sustaining behaviors that make the most out of these investments. That’s where the GHNI team comes into play. While these specialists come in and out of the villages, the GHNI team stays.
GHNI volunteers act as … Read More »