When Vice President of HR, Halima McWilliams shared her story and perspective about the importance to “Opt In” to the conversation of diversity in the workplace on Life in the Leadership Lane podcast episode 40, it was an epiphany! I thought about when we see something that we want, we can choose to subscribe to stay connected to the information because we enjoy it or want to be a part of something that will help us get better in our every day. She didn’t say everyone is going to be part of it, she said people could “choose” to opt in! When we get to make the choice, we value it more! However, there are times when we find ourselves opting out or hitting the “unsubscribe” button as well because we didn’t sign up for it or want to be part of the group, the conversation, the new project, job changes, relationships, etc.… and that’s okay. It’s our choice! We are all in a different season and there can be many reasons why we decide not to opt in such as “we already have this product or service” or “I don’t have any time right now” or “this just doesn’t add any additional value for me”.
How many times do you find yourself subscribing to a new newsletter or blog? Do you unsubscribe more than you subscribe because someone included you on their mailing list? I enjoy subscribing to something new because it gives me energy knowing it will add value in my career. I also find myself unsubscribing to things that doesn’t add value – which can be annoying and draining to go through the process.
Leadership is a choice too… It’s a choice for all of us to “opt in” … it’s our choice every day! Volunteer leadership is a choice too… We have the choice to lead an amazing HR community every day… and it all starts with opting in to lead ourselves!
One of the things I appreciate is when we opt in to share our story. Stories energize us and I always find myself wanting to know more about other people and their story. Where did they grow up, how did they get started in their career and what energizes them? It’s always fascinating to learn from others and often validates or provides reflection for us on our journey. Are you opting in or investing time to share your story, or more importantly listen to other chapter members stories to be better connected?
Over the years, I have opted into many conversations about changes in my career, in my volunteer roles, and personal life. I haven’t always subscribed to a change, but I have always opted in to the conversation about leading or how I might be able to make a contribution. I always wanted to be “in the conversation”. I remember opting in to different conversations and events leading up to serving as President of DallasHR several years ago. It wasn’t my mission to lead the organization, but I opted in early to be part of the conversation and to see if there might be something bigger which created some special moments and amazing opportunities along the way. Were there challenging times? Yes! But opting in to help others, to serve others, to learn, to grow, to belong, and be part of something bigger far outweighed everything else.
When we opt in, we are saying I’m interested in hearing more, seeing if this will add value and if so, I am all in. If not, we can choose to opt out. You see when we give more value, we will be more valued by sharing with others. However, if we don’t at least choose to opt in to hear about the opportunity, we will never know what value we can bring, and be more in the workplace and in our community.
So, what are you going to OPT IN this week? Here are a few ideas:
- Review your 2021 goals and Opt In to start a conversation with your team
- Opt in by sharing something exciting that has happened in your chapter
- Invest time on your calendar to OPT IN and reach out to board members for a one-on-one conversation to get their insights and viewpoints.
- Opt in to commenting on HR Connect or Volunteer Exchange to support others
- Opt In to reaching out to other Texas SHRM members to just connect
Last week, I was asked to induct new board members for Rose City SHRM and share a presentation on leadership. I’m so glad that I chose to opt in because I now have some amazing new connections that I get to call friends. The future is bright for Rose City SHRM chapter led by some amazing volunteer board members including chapter president Cindy Walters. Keep opting in to share your story and serve HR professionals with purpose!
Are you ready to hit the subscribe button and opt in to something new this week! Make the choice to opt in… I can’t wait to hear all about the choice you made!
Quote of the Day: “Give more value to be more valued.” Bruce Waller
Call to Action: Opt in to one of the ideas above or try something new this week and share with us! We are here to “opt in” to the conversation too!
Help us in 2021… Have ideas to share or stories that have made impact in your chapter? If so, please send to email@example.com for a future “blog” feature!
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Author: Bruce Waller