Where know-how and action were missing

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Guest blog written by Molebogeng Amanda (Tshoma) Mazibuko

For five years, I have had a vision to help a specific group of people; a relegated and prejudiced gender with immense potential to create positive economic impact.

I have written strategic documents and struggled to match them to executable plans; either because of authority or know-how related challenges. As noble my intention was to help, I just did not have the know-how and had no idea of how to accumulate it.

My ‘laundry-list’ approach led to an aggregation of factors to a point where the real root cause was hidden under a symptom.  

During my journey on PDIA through the Leading Economic Growth with Harvard Kennedy School I identified multiple flaws which implied that my level of know how was a limitation to advance the project’s intention. PDIA made me question formerly held principles in understanding and driving change. I managed to identify key functional asymmetries and learnt to measure progress via functionality-legitimacy practical framework. 

My project and its scope of work has significantly changed and the desire to make a positive impact through my focused agenda, has been reignited by the obtained ‘know-how’.

Many sit with great ideas, fueled by passion but cannot craft their own luck because of limited know-how.

I continue to learn the practice, the art of PDIA, because it is necessary for the change that I believe to be eminent for complex beings and situations needing a reorganization of the existing social contract; like my own Women-Community: Women like me!

This is a blog series written by the alumni of the Leading Economic Growth Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. 65 Participants successfully completed this 10-week online course in May 2021. These are their learning journey stories.

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