Your Journey to Impact: How are YOU Creating Change?

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Capabilities are about how you add value through the activities you are able to do. These include your physical, mental, relational, and self-awareness skills.

Step #1: Get general to get creative

  1. What areas are most relevant in your personal or professional context?
  2. Which of these areas are of particular interest to you based on your skillset?
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  • Imani knows that there is a large community of university students in her area, so Education is important to the people there.
  • Seasonal malaria and cholera are constant issues that young children and the elderly battle in her community, so Health is an ongoing concern.
  • Her home borders a Farming community that is struggling under the weight of providing enough fresh local food at affordable prices.
  • She was a teaching assistant in university and leads many internal communication initiatives at work on new skills and change management.
  • Imani is grateful to have a compound that is split between a home and untouched land that is fertile for growing a few strong crops, and has been able to cultivate her own fresh fruits and vegetables for herself through gardening.
  • Education/Teaching — good communicator, patient, good listener, knowledgeable about management and technology.
  • Farming/Gardening — access to good soil, knowledgeable about plantain and pawpaw varieties.

Step #2: Do the 360 review

  • Internal reflection > tap into your own awareness of life experiences and activities related to your themes. Based on your values, when were times that you behaved in support of your interests?
  • External feedback > reminisce on times when you received direct and indirect feedback about your skills and abilities (performance review, anyone?). Be honest and highlight what feels true to you (positive and negative). It can be surprising and enlightening to learn how others perceive you, and you may uncover areas where you positively shine that you may have been undervaluing. This process may also highlight some growth areas for development.
  • Crossover growth > where do you have transferable skills that you can move from your personal to your professional life and vice versa? Perhaps you have strong personal relationships from your ability to communicate and empathise — how could that be useful in a professional context?

Step #3: You do you

Summary

  1. Tap into self-awareness about your capabilities this International Women’s Day/month/year/lifetime.
  2. Connect your capabilities to what is relevant and of interest in your context.
  3. Pull strengths from multiple sources (self, others, growth).
  4. Do you — advocate for what you need so you can play to your strengths.

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