- On May 2, 2017
I’m soaked to the skin, standing in the rain. Thinking, “Jane, here you are taking a first step to ‘walk the talk.’”
How many people do you know who fail to ‘walk the talk’?
How about that friend who often complains to you about how a co-worker is treating her. But she won’t ‘walk the talk’ and say something that may change the situation.
What about at your work? ‘Talk but no walk’ happens all the time in organizations. A corporate values list that is nothing more than a pretty poster on the wall. Executives who are sure the problem with the company is ‘down there’ in the organization not in their own conference room.
In their quest to become more effective leaders, one of the first things I often work with my coaching clients on is personal leadership. In my experience, before you can be an effective organizational leader, you have to do the introspective work of building your personal leadership presence.
A truly effective leader is genuine and authentic and has honed an acute awareness about who they are, how they show up, and how they impact others. They gain an unwavering internal foundation so they can be truly vested in contributing to the success of others, professionally and personally. They become leaders for whom ‘walk the talk’ is emblematic of their integrity as a leader.
So back to the rain…Why am I standing here soaked to the skin?
Earth Day 2017. Washington Monument, the National Mall. #MarchforScience.
Me holding up my soggy home-made sign, “Science Not Silence.”
I’ve never been an activist. I spent a long career in the military executing policies decided on by our national leaders. I didn’t always agree with them, yet I felt that our leaders were doing what they believed was best for the future of all Americans. I went with the flow.
Yet, here I am stepping way out of my comfort zone, joining with thousands of others to take a public stand for what I believe to be true, right, and for the betterment of all.
I am here because I believe scientific discovery gives us more resilience to succeed in a VUCA world.
I am here because I deeply believe in making our world a better place, cleaner, safer, healthier–and to do that we need to find new ways to innovate and protect. And we need to make this part of our national agenda and uphold our national values.
I am here to literally ‘walk my talk.
Photo Credit: JMaliszewski, 2017. Sign at the March for Science, April 22, 2017