Posted by: Gillian | April 2, 2009

No empowerment needed in learning and qualifications

The theatre of the G20 talks is not my remit, nor are US politics but if there is one speech that made it to the general media that made sense, it was by Michelle Obama at a school in Islington, a borough of London.   Regardless of what may or may not have been achieved at the G20 (how many noughts in a modern UK trillion????), it’s the kind of leadership speech we need more often as it puts choice, decision and vision back where it belongs, with the individual. No wittering about ‘empowerment’, that most disempowering of words. Just a simple message to believe, make the most and get on with achieving.  Here’s the relevant bit:

“You too can control your own destiny, please remember that. Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude. It won’t be easy, that’s for sure, but you have everything you need. Everything you need you already have right here. We are counting on you, we are counting on every single one of you to be the best that you can be. We know you can do it, we love you, thank you so much.”

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