You probably learned that you were meant to be a solitary hero at school, where you were first told that collaboration, partnership, and learning from peers are a form of cheating.

As a result, many organisations are populated by adults who feel desperately alone: the only one with this much to carry, the only one with so much to do, the only one who can shoulder the huge responsibility. And because you’re alone, and because you’re meant to be a solitary hero, the only direction is to turn away from each other: to pretend you’re ok, to look good, to never let the difficulty you’re in show.

Of course, the way we’ve set up our organisations so that so many people feel insecure about their roles and their future doesn’t help with any of this.

When you take the courageous step of turning towards one another and asking for help, you’ll find how many others are having a similar experience to you, and how much support there is available right in front of you if only you’d ask for it.

And then, instead of burning yourself out proving just how strong and independent you are you might start to make the contribution that you really came to make.

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