“That’s just the way I am”
- The amount of chocolates I put into my mouth (my actions)? Absolutely.
- How I talk about it (my words)? Oh, yes.
- How I defend it to myself (my thoughts)? No question about it.
- How I feel about it (my feelings)? Yes, actually that, too.
Where does Self-Empowerment start?
Self-Empowerment in Care & Growth
Accountability VS Responsibility
Empowerment is defined as the authority or power given to someone to do something. Therefore, if you have the power or authority to do something, it is in your hands. As we know, self-empowerment is the act of taking control of your life, an example of an aspect that is in your hands. Another matter which needs to be elaborated, on has to do with the word “responsible”. It is true that we are responsible, but it is actually more than that: we are also accountable for all of the above! We know, from the model for Empowerment, the importance of all these three ingredients: means, ability, and (most importantly) accountability to truly empower someone.
Responsibility is not enough for empowerment, it actually takes accountability. And that reasoning includes also our dealing with ourselves. We cannot leave it to anyone else to account for our actions, words, thoughts, or feelings. They are our own job. And a job it is! It is a transformation job, to go from “That’s just the way I am”, to being empowered to be and become a person who feels good in their own skin. That surely must be worth your time and attention! I believe you can do it! Do you?
Anna is the Regional Custodian of Europe Regions for the Schuitema Group.
She has had a long and rewarding career with Swedish telecommunications firm Ericsson, holding line management as well as senior change leadership positions.
Subsequently she was part of leading a large scale Agile and Lean transformation which made it possible for her to become a senior Agile and Lean coach in Sweden.
Her work, that seeks to combine Agile ways of work with Care & Growth, opens up a new, excellent way of working with teams, leadership and culture.