"The Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship holds that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays and poems traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare. Since the 1920s, the Oxfordian theory has been the most popular alternative Shakespeare authorship theory."
I have heard this theory for years, that there is no possible way that a person of such humble origins could be responsible for brilliance.
This theory is the same as saying that any child growing up poor in an intercity environment could never amount to anything.
Many times when I am working with teams I will have people say "Tom doesn't like to do anything outgoing..." Then once we start, Tom does the thing that blows everyone away by being adventurous and innovative. The comment afterwards is always "I didn't know you were capable of that!"
As I approach teams, I know that each and every one of the people on a team have their own skills. They each fall into a role to play, and they sometime play that role reluctantly. However, they have far below the surface that they don't bring to work, or show to their co-workers. And sometimes that part they keep inside can be a game changer for their career, and your businesses future.
So - next time you say "There is no way that Sally will go with this new business idea...." give her a little credit and ask her. Maybe she has been waiting to be asked. Maybe, your idea is just what she was looking for.
Everyone has the potential to be extraordinary. It's only the limitations that others place on us that can hold us down.
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