“The world will be saved by the Western woman” according to the Dalai Lama, and on International Women’s Day it seems fitting to embrace this challenge and consider what we could do to make the world a better place for ourselves, our loved ones and future generations.
The campaign theme for this year’s IWD is ‘#BeBoldForChange’ – to step up and make a better working world for everyone. With the forecast for the achievement of gender parity in the workplace being 2186 we still have a long way to go, 169 years to be exact! But we can all take part and contribute – it is by taking just one bold action that we begin the change process.
What can you do to Be Bold for Change?
The definition of bold is ‘to show a willingness to take risks, be confident and courageous‘ and ‘to have a strong, vivid or clear appearance’. I think we can use both as inspiration.
Answer these questions:
- What kind of change would you like to see in your own workplace to make it a better place for everyone?
Perhaps there are some small cultural or practical things that could have a ripple effect on improving relationships or well being. For example, suggesting a Friday coffee and cake break for your team to connect and talk, which can strengthen support, generate ideas and solutions and help people feel valued.
Or maybe you know there is a practice or policy which you feel needs challenging because it lacks integrity.
Or is there an individual who needs either support or challenge around their behaviour?
- What kind of change would you like to see in your self?
We can all be guilty of sabotaging ourselves or taking the easy option. What do you need to do at work to be your true self?
- Who could you be a role model for?
We can effect change by modelling the change we wish to see in others. Maybe you’re starting out in your career or maybe you’re at a mid/senior level, wherever you are you can be clear and courageous in your choices and doing the right thing.
As I work from home I’m going to commit to some role modelling with my daughter. I sometimes feel I try to be Wonder Woman, and do everything at work and at home. I need to show her there’s another way where everyone in the team pulls their weight (if you get my drift!)
So for all the bold women who have come before us and for our daughters who have yet to join the workforce, I urge you to choose one thing you can commit to changing today, this week, this month and do it. Leave a comment to let me know what you’re going to do.
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