Want to change the world? Be re­silient

JOHN MCKIN­LEY

Finweek English Edition - - MANAGEMENT -

W1. Grit: Short-term fo­cus on tasks at hand, a will­ing­ness to slog through bro­ken sys­tems with lim­ited re­sources and prag­matic prob­lem-solv­ing skills. 2. Courage: Ac­tion in the face of fear and em­brac­ing the un­known. 3. Com­mit­ment: Long-term op­ti­mism and fo­cus on big-pic­ture goals.

I see th­ese qual­i­ties in the Global Fel­lows who are se­lected to work with Acu­men’s i nvestee com­pa­nies across Afr i c a a nd Sout h Asia du r i ng a hat ’s t he di f f er­ence be­tween a per­son with a good idea and a per­son who can trans­form their ideas into real im­pact? To tackle the world’s big­gest prob­lems, we need to be able to iden­tify and sup­port the peo­ple who are ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing last­ing change. At Acu­men Fund, we spend a lot of time tr ying to f ind and train as­pir­ing and es­tab­lished lead­ers from around the world who have the right mix of tal­ent, ideas and pas­sion. And what we’ve found time and again is that re­silience mat­ters most. 12-month pro­gramme.

Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als bring ex­cep­tional skills and busi­ness ex­per­tise to their work.

But t hat is not enough: It ’s t heir abil­ity to dig deep, roll up their sleeves and im­merse them­selves in the unglam­orous trenches of seem­ingly in­tractable prob­lems while re­main­ing fo­cused on long-term goals t hat al­lows t hem to buck the sta­tus quo and de­liver mean­ing­ful change. cost of not al­ways be­ing liked – a trade­off she’s ac­cepted. She works 12-14 hours, seven days a week, and pushes through daily chal­lenges and phys­i­cal fa­tigue. The sesame busi­ness is new to t his part of Uganda and i s a l ready i ncreas­ing t he y i elds of more t han 10 000 farm­ers, pro­vid­ing them with new in­come that can go to­ward school fees or pro­duc­tion tools. Farm­ers, who un­til re­cently lived in camps for in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons, now live with free­dom, dig­nity and choice.

For Natalie, the un­re­lent­ing pace of work and many headaches are worth it.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.