'العربية / Al-ʿarabīyah
She did not know what skills were needed
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Short stories to illustrate the principles
Shamim had a natural talent for acting. She had the ability to take on different roles where she saw that different roles were needed. When she began community organizing, she felt that the community members were ignorant of certain things, the need for clean water, the need for hygiene training, the need for correct waste disposal. Perhaps they were.
But what she did not know was that if she approached them as a know-it-all, and that they were ignorant, she would alienate them, and lose their interest.
She did, at first, but fortunately a colleague told her that she could take a more equalitarian approach. She was fortunate. She had the potential for using those natural talents, and only needed to be informed that she would achieve more if she did. She changed her style soon enough to avoid alienating the community members, and went on to successfully mobilise them to improve their health by removing many water borne diseases.
Note: These stories are based on actual events. The names of people and places have been changed for the sake of anonymity.
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