I’ve always thought that there’s too much emphasis in the world on highly talented, intelligent and accomplished people. Sure, it’s important to recognise and revere them – after all, these are the people who keep notching the progress dial forward for all of us.
But I’m also a great believer in the fact that each one of us is capable of incredible things and that we should all be encouraged and celebrated to do more.
Consider the following example:
Meet Sajda Mughal, MBE – a young Muslim woman who turned a dreadful experience into a force of good. Sajda is a 7/7 attack survivor. Setting out on an ordinary day at work, Sajda experienced her worst nightmare by being caught on one of the Underground trains at King’s Cross that was subject to the attacks on 7 July 2005. Having survived and picked up the pieces, Sajda set out to use her experience to change the world. She leads JAN Trust, a charity that aims to break down barriers to social inclusion for women, providing women from under-represented groups with a voice, combatting violence against women and providing young people the tools they may need to achieve their ambitions.
An ordinary woman who took matters into her own hands and is making a huge difference.
We all have it within us to accomplish extraordinary achievements. How many people do you know who run marathons, trek to the North Pole, write blogs, bake incredible cakes, sing like an angel or play the piano like Liberace? Ordinary people with extraordinary talents and achievements. Imagine if all these people – like you - used these rare skills not only for their own enrichment but to contribute to their communities or professional organisations. Imagine if companies learned how to tap into these hidden talent morsels and invite each one of us to contribute fully and authentically. Both the contributors and the companies would benefit.
But how do we do that? How do we as individuals channel our hidden talents into our professional lives? How do we as leaders empower colleagues to bring out what lingers behind the facade? How do we nurture and celebrate ordinary people with extraordinary contributions?
Find out on 21 June 2017 at Voice At The Table’s Flagship Conference: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Contributions. Featuring speakers who are walking the walk, you can be inspired by these role models who have found strength to share their hidden talents. You will learn how to encourage and nurture extraordinary contributions from colleagues and team members. You will meet the law firm partner who founded Inspiring Women, the athlete who is now helping other retired athletes to integrate into ordinary life. Find out how the man who calls himself a feminist is using his influence to help professional women get ahead and be moved by some extraordinary charities – run by ordinary people, like Sajda – who are changing the world, one person at a time.
Click here to find out how you can be a part of this movement!