It has been a year… a year of change, growth, challenge, and reflection. At AKA we are growing our team. With this growth, we have new perspectives, talents, and lived experiences that strengthen our approach to building capacity in communities. We recently met to discuss our vision and mission. The old vision and mission were just me… thinking about what I hoped to build with a dynamic team. The dynamic team has arrived, through lots of prayers, intentional growth, and connections. Here are my thoughts on intentional growth at AKA.
AKA work and growth is grounded spirituality. This means that we believe our work is connected to something bigger than ourselves or the collective team. It also means that our weekly meetings start off with a prayer or meditation. Being grounded in a spiritual practice means that we live in a different way, we take on projects because of their potential to transform, relate, connect, heal, and empower.
AKA follows the guidance of people like John Maxwell on intentional growth, we must seize opportunities to grown and learn- our future at AKA depends on this. Our intentional growth involves hard work, perseverance, good habits, healthy risks, character, and follow-through.
As researchers and evaluators, we are constantly learning. These learnings are what we build on for future work and projects. Every project and client is an opportunity to do better. We know that when we grow, we get better, and when we get better, everybody wins.
Thomas Merton said, “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment… and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.”
This is intentional growth at AKA.