Reflections on a Troubled Experience in Malawi

Patricia P. Kelly (Virginia Tech, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 153
EISBN13: 9781522562207|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3462-4.ch008
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After more than two decades of what the author perceived as successful work in Malawi, she experienced a failed venture, for which she had held high hopes. This story recounts that experience and her reflection on what went wrong with a good idea. The reflection centers on her failure to account for one core competency and several other selected axillary values/attitudes, skills, and behaviors. The common thread throughout this reflection is that failure to collaboratively communicate in order to develop a shared purpose for a plan of action caused the project to fail. Without such a shared purpose, one or the other parties may lack the commitment to carry through.
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