Happy Halloween! While I have pumpkins in my entry way and will take the child out for treat-or-treating, I can’t say I’m a person who’s really into Halloween. There are some who goes “all out” for this holiday. However, coming up on Halloween made me think about masks and the ones we wear daily – and we all wear them. I don’t mean to imply that we are not always attempting to be our authentic selves, but there are definitely times when I feel like I’m wearing a mask – especially at work.
I don’t think that in wearing a mask, you’re completely inauthentic or fake. However, I do feel that when you don’t work for yourself and are representing someone else’s brand/image/product, you are wearing a mask of sorts. Also, let’s face it, these masks are often required if we want to sustain our livelihood. For many people, donning this mask is why they often branch out on their own and do things such as consult, open their own business or switch professions altogether.
Wearing a mask at work may simply involve selling a product that you don’t believe in, or the more extreme, not being able to be who you truly are. Some people are closeted at work or, some individuals feel that they cannot celebrate their cultural heritage and identity at work. These are more extreme cases of mask wearing, but you would be surprised how many people are wearing such a disguise.
In honor of Halloween (or maybe reverse Halloween ☺), I’d like to recommend that we take the masks off! Can you imagine how awesome our work environment would be if instead of wearing the masks we think are required, we were our true selves? What a culture of diversity and truthfulness it could bring?!
Are you wearing a mask? What mask are you putting on each day? What’s your scariest professional story? Feel free to share in the comment below!
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Back in mid-December 2013, Beyoncé “surprised” the world and dropped an album in the middle of the night. The big surprise was that there was no marketing, promotion or hype around the diva’s 5th album release. She dropped the album via iTunes at the stroke of midnight. In one day, the album sold over 617,000 copies and in three days over 800,000 copies of the self-titled album had sold.
As news spread across Twitter and Facebook, I was impressed with the fact that at 8 am, Mrs. Carter was the talk of social media, not just entertainment, but mainstream news too. I’ll be the first to admit that I am a Beyoncé fan. I’m not one of these tears at a concert; stand out in the cold fans. However, I certainly appreciate her talent, drive, and the lady can put on a show! But this was a game changer. In an era when artists go on full promotional tours, and billboards are purchased to entice the purchasing public to buy the latest pop sensation, it was quite refreshing to see someone go a completely different route – and with success.
This latest action from Blue Ivy’s mom made me wonder where my inner Beyoncé was hiding. At work, it’s so easy to get caught up doing the same thing, the same way. Why rock the boat? How many of us have great ideas that we’ve been twirling around in our head about how to improve a process or a new solution to a problem. Instead of stepping out of our comfort zone, we end up following the same protocol we’ve always followed, often with the same outcome that we’ve always received.
I’m not suggesting that you completely buck the system. But, when is the last time you took a calculated risk at work? Let’s be honest, as much as this was a risk for Beyoncé, I’m sure her team put their heads together and realized that this was a risk worth taking. According to her record sales – it was. Even if this midnight album drop was a failure, what a statement!
Are you ready to make a statement at work? Or, are you waiting for new music Tuesday to drop your album with the rest of the pop stars?