I was attending this amazing luncheon for women, listening to some inspiring stories that had taken a corporate female to leave that life behind and follow a path which seemed more like a love for life than work.. but they created their own business in the process.
This would be a dream for so many women but not a reality, so how do we take that passion, vulnerability, rawness and put that into our current working environment.
A quote from Kyle Cease said “Love it or leave it”, this has stuck with me, I feel that if we took some lessons from these women who had a “sea change” in their career and put that into our current work situation we could possibly love that environment. So what is the difference and what is that we need to do differently?
Working within a male dominated industry for 17 years and completely loving the differences between genders, it is easy to see that male and females really do network and communicate differently. It took a sabbatical to see the major differences and all the benefits from doing so.
At the luncheon there were a couple of women at my table that I was chatting to, I wanted to get insights on why these women attended such an event. I was surprised at their responses, they felt that they needed to do something for themselves instead of that standard Friday lunch, beers and network sessions that seemed to them to be more suited to the boys in the office. They had felt tired of feeling like they needed to stay in the office but were in desperate need of an outlet. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a good beer and chat on a Friday afternoon but what I took away from an all female luncheon really was food for thought.
How do women network and be authentic and show a love for what they do that is different to attending the bar on Friday afternoon with the boys? What has stood out is when women share stories, gather together to empower each other, by different methods such as Luncheons, Power circles, gratitude brunches, life edit workshops, yoga, deep meditation circles.. the list goes on but my point is when women gather together and they get to take off that mask magic happens and women get that empowerment they need and network in a feminine energetic way. This type of behaviour you don’t see at the bar with the boys for those Friday beers.
When women get together, they create, they share and they nurture each other. This is an amazing empowering experience. Once those “masks” come off and the trust is put in the circle a bond is created and the network has been created. It is when there is a complete feminine energy this occurs and something I only occasionally see in a mixed gender group.
There is an importance in making this type of networking acceptable in a male dominated workplace, when it is encouraged and accepted amongst our male work mates then we create a new culture! It is great to have both energies in the workplace, both masculine and feminine as we bring different things to the table.
Once women share their struggles and dreams only then do they become raw, real and vulnerable. It is when women behave that way they do empower each other and network beautifully.
The support and empowerment that occurs when the labels are placed away and the real women present themselves is something exceptional. This feeds their souls, it creates acceptance, and by allowing this type of feminine space and energy to occur we build their better selves, happier souls and more productive female workers.
What does this actually look like in a workplace? We need all those team leaders, supervisors, managers, and influencers to grow acceptance in their workplaces and to actually walk that path. Let’s embrace what diversity is in the workplace and encourage empowerment of the individuals in what ever way it is needed. Let’s create a fully engaged workforce that don’t require a “sea change” in their career but actually love what they do where they are now!
So I look forward to more of these women’s luncheons where I love how they network and I am happy to recognise that our genders do have different needs. Instead of women staying in the office on Friday afternoon, I encourage a different network approach and to seek out a great networking group that does empower you.
I want you to be happy in your career; with my workshops we can tackle any issues that stop you from reaching that. You won't need a sea change but love who you are and what you do.