I am Dr Anne Marie Rattray, founder of The Smart Work Company Ltd.
This quote from the then trade unionist Jimmy Reid, addressing students at Glasgow University in 1972, inspires me:
“To unleash the latent potential of our people requires that we give them responsibility. The untapped resources of the North Sea are as nothing compared to the untapped resources of our people.”
Two fundamental beliefs drive me. One is that many businesses waste the capabilities of people who work in them.
The second is that we all need to start taking personal responsibility for developing our skills, capabilities and latent potential. Change is constant. We need to be prepared.
We live in a time of tremendous technological upheaval that creates challenge but also great opportunities. I’m excited by current technological developments that underpin new industries, skills and possibilities.
Social technologies connect us to a global network of people that we can learn with and from. It’s up to us to take advantage of these technologies to unleash our own latent potential.
I wrote a book, which was published in 2013:
I’ve had some successes and lots of failures.