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Stepping Up by John B. Izzo

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CHAPTER 9Stepping Up by Speaking Up

The world is waiting to hear your voice.

Sometimes, just speaking is a form of stepping up and often one of great consequence. That is, the act of bringing up an idea that may be unpopular or challenging the status quo with your words is a powerful form of stepping up. Josh Blair, the executive vice president of human resources for TELUS, put it this way: “Stepping up is often about having the courage to go to an uninvited place.” That uninvited place could be challenging your company, giving feedback to a colleague or friend, or breaking the silence to speak up for something you believe in.

The idea of stepping up and speaking up in an uninvited way brings fear to most of us. In our personal lives we fear ...

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