Time for reflection is very important for our mental, physical and emotional well-being, and our ability to engage in self-care. I think it is indicative of our “busyness” that the number one workers compensation claims today are stress related, rather than physical injuries. Stress is also the most significant contributor to ill health. And yet we work harder and harder, much of which is driven by fear of loss of security through loss of employment. Yes, things are challenging economically in Australia and around the world, however, I believe there is too much fear-mongering and negativity, which simply compounds many irrational fears.
I have always found it both perplexing and amusing that the people who have the most to say about feminism, misogyny, sexual harassment and gender discrimination are people who have NEVER experienced it – often men! And they tell you to: “Lighten up and get over it.” I am hugely in favour of experiential learning where you are introduced to the experience in a controlled environment, and have an insight (not the real thing) into what it may feel like.
In my latest book Leadership Revelations III How We Achieve the Gender Tipping Point, I interviewed 91 women from 10 countries, and across four generations, from Veterans to Generation Y, to ascertain the most common myths about women at work that are simply wrong! Here is a summary of those myths, by generation and internationally:
In one of last public appearances as the Chief of Army, Lt General David Morrison has launched Avril's new book in Canberra. He encouraged men to use the book as a way of gaining insight into a world that is often unseen by the male gender. Read the Canberra Times' coverage of the event via this link...Canberra Times May 14
Avril's new book, Leadership Revelations III: How We Achieve the Gender Tipping Point was officially launched by the Chief of the Australia Army, Lt. General David Morrison last night at the headquarters of the ASX.
ASX Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Elmer Funke Kupper and a number of the Male Champions of Change were joined a host of successful women who contributed to the book at a superb function in Sydney. Listen to interviews by ABC's Geraldine Doogue and Sandy Aloisi to hear Avril discuss the key issues that emerged from her extensive research for the book via these links..
Do women really need men to help them get to the top? YES, according to author Avril Henry.
"Men have a vital role to play in sponsoring women to help them to get to the top. Senior male leaders sponsoring women will have the greatest immediate impact on the number of women in senior positions," says Avril.
This was one of the key findings in her new book to be released today, Leadership Revelations III – How We Achieve The Gender Tipping Point and she is not alone in this view.
Listen to Geraldine Doogue's interview with Avril on ABC radio via the following link: Saturday Extra