I am qualified.  I may not have gone to the prestigious schools or been in the top leadership positions at a large company but I have spent my career observing.  As you were clawing to the top and taking no prisoners on the way, I was watching.  I was taking notes.  I saw the human toll you took to better yourself.  So yes, I am qualified.  I didn’t study the theory and learn about what others hypothesized I experienced it.  I did tests and collected data.  I have lived it and what I see is not at all pretty.

You have underestimated who I am.  I am not a follower I am a leader.  I am not a person that watches others create I am a creator.  I have imagination.  I live outside of the box so that is why you never find me.  I will not just fall in line with everyone else because I see the path and it is not the path that I am interested in going down.

You have underestimated who I am.  I am not a follower I am a leader.  I am not a person that watches others create I am a creator.  I have imagination.  I live outside of the box so that is why you never find me.

So when you judge me without taking the time to know me it is you that is not qualified. You are not qualified to lead if you are not able to see the people that hold value around you.  You are not qualified if you believe you hold the key to my success.  I will take my knowledge and know how elsewhere and you will be a perfect example of why you are not qualified.  I will be critiquing you and providing you with areas where you could improve.

Yes, I have been silent but through writing, I am finding my voice.  A voice that is stronger than I ever realized.  A gift that I never knew I had.  I don’t intend to hurt anyone, I am just finished being the one that is hurt.  So no, you may not like what I have to say but I speak the truth from the vantage point of where I am sitting.  My truth is just as valuable as anyone else’s truth.  I am done being criticized for who I am.  I have value.  I have been underestimated.  I have been made to believe what I have to say does not count.  I have news, I am qualified, I do have something to say, and my opinion does count.

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Raissa Urdiales
RAISSA is a strategic leader experienced in large-scale business transformation and change management within the Healthcare and Manufacturing Industries focusing in the area of Human Capital. She has a degree in Psychology specializing in Organizational Development. She looks for balance in life through all things that make us human. As a lifelong learner, she believes in paying it forward by mentoring and coaching those around her. She has a passion for writing and enjoys painting landscapes from her travels around the world. In the Digital Age, and the movement from the Baby Boomer Generation to the Millennial Generation, she takes her role as a GenXer very seriously. She believes GenXers are here to bridge the gap and assure we stay human in the new Digital Age.
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Bharat Mathur
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First things first, Raissa, let me congratulate you for giving voice to those that continue to get muzzled!

Your writing style is not only bold but equally uncluttered as well. I enjoyed every word like it was coming out of the depths of my own experiences.

Thank You, for this extra-ordinary article!

David Nowitz
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David Nowitz

WOW!

This article really captured feelings that I have experienced of leaders I have worked for!

When I did speak out though I was never truly heard at best and in one case I was worked out of a company whose success was largely as a result of my work over 14 years. After 16 years I was gone. It took another 4 year’s for this manager to be discovered for his poor leadership and finally he has been sidelined. But he has done great harm to the business.

The leadership above this manager would do well to read this article and learn from it as I have done!

Larry Tyler
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When we share what we write we give many a voice. Thank you so much for sharing.