ONLINE WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE IN 2021 MARCH IS CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE MONTH AND KYLIE WILL HOLD WEBINARS DURING THIS TIME
What is a Champion? Champion comes from the Latin word campionem for "gladiator, fighter." Rarr! No need to grab your sword, but a champion is also a person who fights for a cause. If you are the champion of fundraising, you keep pushing to raise money. As a verb, to champion means to protect or fight for something.
I love that it states ‘this a gladiator – a person who fights for a cause’. Every day I see more and more serving and ex-military striving, forging and creating champions, ambassadors, mentors and leaders of change. Being in the military means that we care about our team, we would die for our team and we don’t leave anyone behind.
Just like all these individuals, companies and teams I too want to make a difference by creating a Champions of Change community – A community that will fight and protect for our fellow team.
This is a human problem, we need to care and look after issues of mental health, being happy within our career, feeling empowered and being listened to.
About and why it is needed: Have you ever tried to deal with an issue and all you need is to have someone to just hold space for you so you can talk out your thoughts? We have those moments where there is a lot going on in our minds on how to resolve a work situation, a family situation, a financial situation, a relationship situation but whenever we approach a military member it is an automated policy-driven answer. Generally, looks something like “You can’t get carers leave to deal with that” When the first step is just a real, raw and authentic conversation.
So much has happened in our day and age where every single person is too busy trying to cover their ass or handball you onto an expert.
I personally have needed someone to actually just stop and hear me so many times during my career. I feel each time I tried to talk the person on the other side was so busy forming their very careful answer without actually hearing me. We talk about dealing with it at the lowest level than that needs to be an area where we can have that conversation first. A real, raw and authentic conversation before experts and policy.
If a more official path needs to be looked at then in our military world, we have so many members that we can reach out to. They are within our CoC, medical staff, Padres, psych department, Equity Advisors, and health and wellbeing staff.
All of these members abide by the policy, which they are required to do.
Champions of change are about a community creating space so we can when we need to have real conversations.
I have hit those points numerous times in my career where if I had a real conversation I would not have led to that meltdown, the need to see medical and psychs! Now is a time to listen! Now is a time to support, reach out, stand up and be damn accountable. We are our future!
I want to unpack all of this with you and change the structure into a military that empowers and listens. No soldier does it alone, I need a team, I need a community.
Raise up with me and be part of the community that empowers team members and is able to be the point of call for anyone in need. Together we can make a difference.