Patrick Speaks | Unreported World | Channel 4
Businesses are all deaf, they need their own version of sign language
There is a beautiful story going viral. It’s the story of Patrick, a 15 years old and deaf boy from Africa, who learns the sign language for the very first time. It made me very emotional as I saw a parallel between his deafness and the powerlessness of employees in many companies.
Like Patrick, Employees are not able to express themselves or communicate with others what they think. Like Patrick, the employees are disengaged, unhappy, doing what they are told to do and waiting for the day to pass. Their pain is palpable and they may also think and feel that their situation is irreversible.
Patrick’s life changed when he started learning sign language. He is not interested at the beginning, probably because he wondered what this was all about. But slowly he started understanding that there is now a way for him to share with others, to communicate. He is now alive. He is now engaged. He is happy and willing to put in the effort to learn this language.
I have the conviction that employees can go through the same experience of pain every day at work when their ideas, talents, and work are not recognized and then relief when finally, someone sees them and give them the possibility to grow into the person they really are but what symbolizes sign language to the employees? What will wake up our employees? What will transform their painful experience at work into one of joy and engagement?
Self-management is my answer. The capacity to take decisions for yourself within the company while communicating with others to make sure that those decisions are aligned with the company vision and capacity (finance, competences…). It is being trusted to take the best decision because transparency is enabled by new technology. What is this short film inspiring you if you make the parallel between Patrick’s story and with your employees?
Self-Management is similar to sign language in the following ways: It gives people a structure to express themselves and share with others. It also supports communication by agreeing on the “name of thing” by creating a common vocabulary. Self-management is a basis for cooperation while authorizing individuals to open themselves.