The value of the 'SALT' approach to development initiatives

For me , the SALT concept gives an insight into why our even our well-funded and well thought-out programs often fail.No matter how brilliant we are and how fat our wallets may be, all human development endeavors must start from the acknowledgement that we are all human beings- we make similar mistakes,we share the same dreams, and we are therefore able to collectively take charge of our destiny. We CAN build on our strengths. Imposition of solutions is bound to elicit resistance.

From a leadership point of view,  SALT teaches that organisations would achieve their objectives better if those in charge first recognized that they are dealing with human beings- capable of making mistakes, yes, but also have great potential to craft and own the path they should follow. Any leader who shields himself with power and dictates all work spheres risks eventually frustrating himself as human beings cooperate best when their strengths have been acknowledged and their dignity assured.

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Comment by Marie Lamboray on October 29, 2018 at 3:34pm

Thank you Irvine!

Translation in French:

La valeur de l'approche "SALT" pour les initiatives de développement

Pour moi, le concept SALT permet de comprendre pourquoi nos programmes, même ceux qui sont bien financés et bien conçus, souvent échouent. Peu importe à quel point nous sommes brillants et notre portefeuille épais, tous les efforts de développement humain doivent partir de la reconnaissance que nous sommes tous des êtres humains ─ nous commettons des erreurs similaires, nous partageons les mêmes rêves et nous sommes donc en mesure de prendre en charge collectivement notre destin. Nous sommes CAPABLES de bâtir sur nos forces. L’imposition de solutions entraîne nécessairement une résistance.

Du point de vue du leadership, SALT enseigne que les organisations atteindraient mieux leurs objectifs si leurs responsables reconnaissaient d’abord qu’ils traitent avec des êtres humains ─ capables de commettre des erreurs, oui, mais avec également un grand potentiel pour tracer et suivre le chemin qu’ils ont choisi. Tout dirigeant qui se sert du pouvoir pour se protéger et s’impose dans tous les domaines de travail risque de finir par se frustrer, car les êtres humains coopèrent mieux lorsque leurs forces ont été reconnues et leur dignité assurée.

Comment by Luc Barriere-Constantin on October 16, 2018 at 12:10pm

Thank you Irvine. Great summary of what the SALT can bring to our development. 

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on October 14, 2018 at 1:07am

Absolutely brilliant, clear articulation of what organisations can do to catalyse collective community response. Thank you Irvine!

Comment by Phil on October 5, 2018 at 2:39pm

Dear Irvine, 

We often ask the question, "Are we human?"

You give a beautiful answer.

Yes, we are human.

We make similar mistakes.
We share the same dreams.
We can build on our strengths.

We are human because we are able to collectively take charge of our destiny.  

I hope you continue to share your thoughts (and what you do with those thoughts). We have much to learn together. 

My best regards



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