These days were less eventful than Monday through Wednesday. They were largely spent writing and talking to Akram. We spent a lot of time showing various people the space for the new center. I found a trash bin in the bathroom there that was filled with empty bottles of hot sauce.
One of the best parts of my time in Jordan has been my regular conversations with Akram. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a good way to integrate them into the narrative I’m writing, because they’re often quite long and filled with politically sensitive information. I like to ask Akram lots of questions about his leadership style because he’s so effective. He’s been incredibly generous in answering all of them in depth. The best part is that after he explains his principles I get to watch them being applied right in front of me. A few examples of the nuggets he’s handed to me: call and email someone if you want something from them, never depend on anyone more than 80% and form relationships with the lower-tier workmen, and not just their managers, if you want quality work done for your money. If I were to try to communicate everything he’s shared with me, I’d end up writing one of those awful business/self-help manuals. It’s made me think that probably everything in those books is true, but that the real meaning behind it is lost unless it’s rendered in three dimensions
This blog is written by Sam Copeland, an intern with the Polus Center and Asia Development Training, about his time in Amman during the summer of 2017. It is meant to be read in a linear manner, so scroll down to the bottom and then go up for the full experience.