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Going Beyond Technical Skills: How to build an adaptive team (Inside Out Episode 1)

May 01, 2018
Amy Leo

Episode 1 of From the Inside Out: Achieving Better Development Outcomes through Collaborating, Learning and Adapting was released today! Stream it above or subscribe to the USAID Learning Lab podcast wherever you listen to podcasts (iTunesStitcher) to be notified when new episodes are available.


If change starts with people, then what should we consider when building collaborative, learning-focused teams? When development isn’t a linear process and success depends on much more than a set of technical skills, what kinds of skills and qualities should you look for when hiring?

In this episode, you’ll hear from three development practitioners with insight on this question. (And if you’re wondering how to build a learning culture on your existing team, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to tune in to our next episode, released on Tuesday, May 8, which is on this very topic.)

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Bonus! We've created a coloring page to go along with the episode. Listen with your team and tweet photos of your colored-in pages to @USAIDlearning.

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We’re releasing a new episode each Tuesday in May, so subscribe to be notified when new episodes are available. You can also find them posted as blogs here on USAID Learning Lab.

The information in this series comes from our effort to build the evidence base for collaborating, learning and adapting. If you’re interested in learning more about this area of work, visit