A client asked me three years ago: “Do you know what makes your team very different?” I hesitated a bit as she continued: “You all obviously carry a heavy story on your shoulders and that makes you credible and different in my eyes!”. I remember leaving the meeting, proud for having gone after “atypical” people rather than exclusively invite the usual “Mediocre But Arrogant” (read MBA – no offence, I hold one from IMD myself 😉 who litter most of the standard consultancies.
Yesterday, when browsing the net in search of inspiration, I fell on this clip. Regina Hartley is a HR Director with UPS. Her impassioned speech lacks facts, data and identification of the researches she mentions, but I still found it moving and thought provoking.
Her simple (and short) TED talk suddenly made it clear to me why I had invited such amazing people to join the Enablers Network: People who have gone through hardships of life add a very different flavour to it.
My New- year’s gift to you is this clip and my invitation: in 2016, give “scrappers” their chance, they will not disappoint you!
This is the last post for 2015. I hope to find you back in 2016 and wish you a Happy Ending of 2015!