Working with your talents

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Many Hands!
Image: ‘many hands …’
Found on

Long time no write anything on this blog, but I have been doing a lot of reading of others blogs so here is a reblog of a post I really appreciated on Megan Ingle’s Audacious Fizz blog.

Why did this blogpost ring so true to me?  Well that is because, like any small organisation, the one I devote large amounts of my free time to is an organisation which thrives on people standing up and offering skills, vision and time, and sometimes those things seem a little thin on the ground.  Plenty of folk clamor for new things, new initiatives, new tools from our organisation but very few put their hands up to help make them happen.  I really liked what this blog post had to say about getting involved, that talent comes in many forms and that people’s strengths are often where new cool ideas are to be found.  Yes, the collective is stronger than the individual.

The collective is stronger than the individual.

We’ve all got something we can contribute to a shared outcome. If a stronger profession is what we want, then why don’t we all bring our strengths to the cause?

So, be bold, put your hand up.  Come up with a good idea and offer to drive it.  Mentor someone, what do you feel the burn for?  What would you love to see happen?  Together we can make awesome happen, alone it takes an age, is not as much fun and doesn’t offer you the opportunity to learn new skills and connect with others who share your skills and passion.  Say yes!  Say why not!  Say ‘hey I’ve got a good idea!’

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  1. #1 by megingle on October 3, 2013 - 8:11 PM

    Am really pleased that you enjoyed the post, & am thrilled that you’ve also issued the challenge to your blog followers to say yes, why not, let’s do it together, here’s my idea. #collective #awesome

    • #2 by Bridget Schaumann on October 4, 2013 - 10:05 AM


  2. #3 by Ruawai Librarian on October 24, 2013 - 9:13 PM

    Well said, both of you!

  3. #4 by Angela S on November 16, 2013 - 10:32 AM

    It have pondered on and off why librarians in schools don’t speak out /up more …….although I think the list serve has provided expertise when needed and the opportunity for people to realise they do have something to pass on to others and they will not be derided for sticking their head up.
    However, apart from the obvious aspect of not having a great deal of spare time and actually wanting to spend most of that reading !!!!!!
    – perhaps what will help most when we want to organise PD, conferences , try new things, etc is the opportunity to collaborate with others on a presentation or workshop.

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