I was inspired to write this post by a fellow ‘helping’ professional, Zoe Cohen. In a recent update, Zoe talked about the importance of being authentic and it prompted me to do the same. This post is all about me folks so I can fully understand if you want to drop out now!
In my work life, I’m passionate about people being front and centre in change - it’s only people who can make change happen. I support organisations and teams to do this with communication, coaching and wellbeing tools. In my personal life, I’m still all about people but on top of this, I care passionately about how we treat the world around us. Most of my family and friends know that I care about our planet, ecosystems and animals and share heaps of information about our impact on these and what we can do to help.
I really want to do more to help the planet - and us - hence sharing this now, but I’ve struggled to know what that might be. I’m not a scientist so I can’t do much on that front sadly. But what I can do is help to be part of the action to change things for a better future for the next generation, along with other consultants and coaches in the ‘helping’ professions – read Zoe’s challenge here.
At this stage, for me it’s simply about sharing more ‘unfake’ news about the facts, showing the glimmers of hope out there to help to bring positive, consistent action and having a real conversation about change. I’ve learned about things I can do to help from others, so it’s about paying it forward.
In my work in change, I support people and organisations to transition from one situation to another – whether that’s introducing new ways of working, different structures or technology. One of the responses to change I see – denial – is where people want to see the proof, the evidence. I firmly believe we’ve now got all the evidence we need – weekly research updates from scientists are showing us this. I want to be part of the way forward, helping us move to positive, widespread action. This is not for me, but for the next generation to live in a better world than the scary future that’s currently forecast.
Call me naïve, but I fundamentally believe that if people are treated well at work, treat themselves and each other well, then they will care about the planet too. It’s only people that can change and who can make the difference.
So, along with my usual posts around change, comms, coaching and wellbeing, I’ll be sharing more in this space too.
Thank you if you’ve read this far. If you have ideas that can help in this space, please let me know.