In praise of the weird

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Fear of rejection handcuffs too many of our organizations into mediocrity.

As humans, we strive to belong. We need the security and love that comes from being part of a group. Because we dread being left out in the cold, we learn from an early age to hide the parts of us that we don’t think will be accepted – to soften the hard edges and swallow thoughts unsaid.

We deny the parts of us that make us different. The very parts of us that would elevate the groups we belong to – that would make them stronger and better. Conformity never leads to creativity and innovation, it only leads to more people toeing the line into infinity. But the odd, and the weird, and the unique have a way of fostering all kinds of ideas and growth.

If we want to rise above average, we must start by giving one another permission to let their strange sides come out of the shadows. We need to embrace the weird and let it show us the wonderful things it can do.

A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. Have you ever held back a part of yourself, or not spoken up because you were afraid of what other people in your group might think?

  2. Do you feel that what you had to contribute would have benefited the group?

  3. What can you do more as a team to encourage people to not hold back?