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I truly believe that every workplace environment should be a place that it enables and rewards excellence and is somewhere that people can feel safe to be who they are.

People must be able to live, lead, and work through the unique gifts that they have to give to the world.

Everyone is unique and everyone has various levels of abilities and competencies.  Each person should be able to give fully without fear or shame of what they can not give.

The quote below by Einstein I think is a great indicator of one of our key workplace mistakes:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

We cannot nor should expect from someone the competencies or abilities that they don’t have to give.

Yes, many skills can be learned.

With great attention and effort many people can excel and become great at the task or behaviours that you set for them.  I would challenge though, that they already have the ability inside of them and just needed a hand or the space to excel.

Not all people are born to be outstanding, famous or the next best thing.  If everyone was outstanding and famous, then no-one would be.

Many of us were born to contribute and to live a meaningful life without hitting the big time.  We live a great life, enjoy our time, travel, have great friends and give our hearts and energy to the people around us and within our circles.

We write media articles on people like Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey because they are not the norm in society.  Its not to say that they can’t be the norm, its just at this stage of our development they are not.

Everyone can be a leader, not a manager of people, but a leader.   Everyone has the ability to give their absolute best and contribute their skills at the level that they can.

Expecting them to contribute at a level when they don’t have the competency, ability or will to give at that higher level is like asking the fish to climb the tree.

Michelle is a success and leadership coach who works with HR professionals and future focused leaders who want to get real results and live & lead with purpose. You can find out more about Michelle at

Michelle is a professional speaker who delights conference goers with her tales of vampire slaying and other crazy happenings in leadership…

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