And every time I did it felt like I was hiding more and more of who I am. The more I tried to stay quiet, the less engaged I felt in the conversation.
When I was working in my corporate jobs I SO badly wanted to create change within the company. But it was a male dominated industry and sometimes it felt like I didn’t belong.
I didn’t want to rock the boat because I didn’t have the years of experience or technical degrees that my colleagues did. Instead I worked hard to get certifications, raised my hand to lead initiatives that required time outside my normal work hours, and tried desperately to get noticed and earn the privilege to speak up and be heard.
So I started to get curious, talking to team members, listening to and addressing their concerns, and connecting with them in ways they hadn’t experienced before at work. And it turned out many of them were unhappy and ready to leave if something didn’t change.
But here’s what I found to be true -
Massive change happens when people begin to use their voices, like…
➡️ Improved performance fueled by open discussion;
➡️ More engaged, dynamic teams;
➡️ Increase in innovative ideas and strategic thinking
➡️ Reduction in absenteeism;
➡️ Significant decreases in turnover; and
➡️ Greater profitability and financial success