Inspiration and Staff Engagement, where does it come from and how can we use it.
More of my work these days involves engaging staff across organisations in new programmes, yet a lot of the time peoples’ perceptions are that there are too many hurdles in the way, or it might be too tough to achieve the goals. Yet everywhere we look there are examples of people who overcome massive challenges to achieve unbelievable goals.
Having watched Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and seen Johnny Peacock go out, you realise how much he has achieved competing with able bodied competitors and doing so with great skill. I was then doing some work for a client and developing some content around a Northern Ireland MP, Andy Allen, who lost both legs and most of his eye sight in Afghanistan, only to become an MP and not to mention the charity he established to help other veterans. Have a look at the article, it is unbelievable.
Inspiration and Staff Engagement
Both of these stories make a great point, no matter what you perceive are challenges or hurdles, there is always a way to overcome them. Now, when I start work with a team and ask one of the first questions “what are your concerns about the programme” I don’t look at people who will not engage, I look at challenges that I can overcome.
I have long looked to sport for inspiration and to use to demonstrate many different aspects of communication and engagement, but these two examples of overcoming challenges will definitely be ones that I use going forward.
It is also fair to say that I will look to these two, amazing people for inspiration as well, when you don’t want to get up, or don’t want to put that extra hour in, you don’t need to look very far to realise you can achieve anything, but only with hard work.
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