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So What?

The beginning of EM...

Monday afternoon, 6th April 2015, over a cup of coffee, John started testing my reaction on his statements regarding leadership, and provided numerous topics for me to indicate whether I felt strongly about them or not. He picked up the points that I reacted to without hesitation by the enthusiasm and sparks in my eyes. From this exchange, I began to realise what I truly believed in. My life and the lessons I have learnt and hold dearly all point to the same thing, that is, I don’t want people to go through life suffering from the feeling of being rejected, ignored, left behind or lacking a sense of belonging. What I have learnt through my journey is that solutions lie and begin with my own self-respect, and that is self-leadership.  

YesEM – Yes Everyone Matters is a social venture
working with partners to enrich potential through respect.

In 2018, I challenged myself to ask 3 questions to random strangers on streets. This made me realise that it is not just simply Everyone Matters but it is 'Yes Everyone Matters'.  

YesEM is about enriching potential through respect.  

Each profession is important. We need each other. The CEO needs the cleaner as much as the cleaner needs the CEO. Each one of us has a role to play to contribute to the success of organisations one way or another. Give me an example of the professions in your company that do not matter! 

 

To create an environment where people value other occupations that traditionally could be perceived as lower value. To create an environment in a workplace where staff engagement is strongly encouraged, resulting in higher motivation and improved productivity. A workplace where staff give that extra mile for their work and where they are respected and valued regardless of their position, age, gender and appearance. 

 

The value beneath the skin!

  

After brainstorming about this, we came up with “Everyone Matters” as my mission. The original focus has been the workplace – every profession matters. To raise the awareness about the importance of each and every job, to reduce social prejudice on certain jobs, to allow kids and young people to follow their strengths allowing them to fulfil their dreams and ambitions, whatever they are. To create an enabling environment for people to grow. Valuing all staff members, respecting each other regardless of the position they hold, will lead to increased productivity and a contented workforce. That is why EM matters to me. 

Listen and tell the story:

Blogs

I hope that through the stories in the blogs, I can inspire you to join me in moving to the next step of YesEM which is to start a community conducting activities on the ground especially with kids to contribute to improvements in both our society and workplace where everyone matters. My mailbox is awaiting a message from you, to hear, capture and share your inspiring story! If you share the same passion – let’s make a difference together.

How about the flower metaphor?

One of my passions is taking photographs of flowers, appreciating their unique characteristics, and learning about national flowers of countries I visited. A new idea was sparked, leading to a mix of my two passions together. Since the stories in Everyone Matters are from individuals with whom I have had meaningful dialogue and whose privacy I respect, their names have been replaced with the names of the flowers. So there it is, why Everyone Matters’ blogs were represented by flowers. I matched their stories with my interpretation of the flowers/plants’ characteristics that most captured the story.