We have something to offer. All of us do.
…whether we???ve been in the job for two months or ten years,
… whether we hold administrative positions or lead an organisation
… whether we work for profit or for free
there is value in what we do.
We cannot be judged purely on what we???re paid or what title we hold or the responsibilities we bear.
We are part of the value chain, the network and the enterprise.
Work that is perfunctory and that can be automated is being automated. The work we do has meaning, even if we don???t see it. It forms part of something bigger than us.
What we need to see and believe is the value we bring to the equation. When we do that, we will know that indeed, we do have something to offer and a different perspective. When we do that, we believe that change is possible.
We want to be heard.
Yet, the first step to being heard, is to listen. To listen with an open heart and mind. To listen without agenda and without preparing your rebuttal in your mind.
We want to learn, to improve, to be better versions of ourselves.
There???s stuff we can learn from books, for sure. But the bulk of our learning is through experience. It is through the interpretation of what we see before us and how we articulate it. It lies in our insight and the insight of others. It is a complex journey and multi-faceted. If we share what we learn, we gain insight into ourselves. We give others insight. Sharing paves the way for cooperation and for the creation of deeper bonds. Our vulnerability helps others to open up.
The collective is more than the sum of its parts.
We live in an age that enables us to cut across the limits of time and geography with technology and tools. We can access, interpret and share information on so many things so easily, so quickly and with greater scope and reach that the collective really is more, much more than the sum of its parts. But we need to see it for what it is and what it can be so that we can make the kind of choices to continue this reality. Many do but as many do not.
We share our lives.
We share our history.
We share our experiences.
We share our learning and insight.
We share our dreams and expectations.
We share because we feel we have learnt something and we believe that there???s a lesson, an insight for everyone who is interested.
We share because we want validation or we want feedback.
We share because we want to get our ideas tested.
We share in the hope of collaborating and breaking new ground.
We share because it makes our lives richer, our connections more meaningful.
We share because we care and we dare hope.
We share because others have shared with us and it takes courage to do that.
Share your insight, your dream and your experience today.
Do it without expectation.
Somewhere, somebody will appreciate and value it.