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I have been overwhelmed over these past few weeks with praise for articles I've written on this journal. I've had clients and colleagues share them on LinkedIn as well as colleagues email me directly with comments and positive feedback — sharing their thoughts and opinions.
I value opinion. Even if I disagree with it.
See, I'm not one to hold back and I can sometimes be polarising. Not rude. Not disrespectful. Simply polarising. And I'm OK with that.
I'm not the type of person who will blush and remain silent in a meeting when someone says something that needs to be called out, even if that someone is me.
I won't sit silently if someone is spoken to rudely or treated badly — I don't care if it's a client, colleague or anyone else for that matter. I'm not the type of person who will remain silent when I see young people exploited. I won't stay silent when I see, or smell, bullshit. And I won't stay quiet when someone absolves themselves of all accountability — when they asked for that accountability in the first place. This happens all the time.
I was raised to know that you have to 'be as you seem' — an Ancient Socratic proposition to behave as you wish the world you live in to behave. To uphold values and integrity as you would expect the world you live in to uphold. It's the Ancient Greek version of Ghandi's 'be the change you wish to see in the world.'
And throughout my career I've learned that it's OK to say No.
It's OK to disagree with someone else's idea.
It's OK to put your opinion out into the world and have it shot down or raised up.
It's OK to call out bullshit when you hear it, and it's OK to say 'stop' when you want something to stop.
What is not OK is remaining silent because when you do — you're complicit.
I hope you enjoy the article this week.