If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table

I’ve been in healthcare for over 15 years in one way or another. Actually, if I think about it maybe closer to two decades. I’ve seen a lot of changes. One constant has been the need for to have to speak up on behalf of others who need the help. Advocacy and standing up for what is right got baked into my day-to-day work.

I have often found myself saying at an organizational level “if you are not at the table, you are part of the menu”. It’s true not only for organizations but for everyday personal life as well.

Just yesterday, I came across this quote from Michelle Obama that rung even more true to me: “If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table.” She said this statement in a CNBC interview about women in the workplace. I admittedly haven’t seen the interview. I’ve just seen this quote. Here’s the deal for me. Once you get that seat at the table you must speak up. Otherwise, you are cheating yourself of an empowering experience. You are cheating yourself of the ability to formulate and express thoughts and opinions to someone other than yourself. And, that skillset translates into other parts of your life.

Once at the table you can’t live in the shadows.

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  2. This is true in principle, but difficult in practice. Perhaps, once you get to the table you are well-equiped and have the respect and kudos to be heard, but you still need to get to that point and therein lies my challenge.


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