Have you failed yet?

23 01 2011

New Year over, January almost over so what about those resolutions?

Every year at the start of the year we write lists of things that we want to change about ourselves; our weight, our drinking habits our wardrobe. We are supposed to make fresh starts, indeed the January issue of the3rdi magazine pays homage to this seasonal rebirth.

The question is, why should we? Why should we improve ourselves? Wouldn’t it better to accept our own personal fallibility and try instead to change the world for the better?

Why not break out of the cycle of manic festive consumption followed by famine – good old boom and bust writ small and personal! Why not decide that, as individuals, we are OK as we are? We don’t need to be thinner, fitter, more thrusting or have a tidier wardrobe and decide to do something useful this year.

It’s something that we can, and should, do every day. It’s the same as last year and it will be the same next year until we affect the change that we need.

It is clear that the current system isn’t working; women are under-represented in the boardroom and in public office and issues such as work-life balance have slipped off the agenda. The bail-out of the banking system has continued to dictate public finances, with the perpetrators of the failures not only remaining in post, but seemingly unrepentant and still drawing huge bonuses.

Earlier this month the Daily Mail published an article in which it said, and I quote, “The idea of most women wanting to be financially independent is a myth”

Laura Penny published a column in the New Statesman discussing the article and the report on which it was based. The comments are as revealing as the article. Take a look.

Now I agree that the situation for women is better now than it was, say, a hundred years ago. Conditions have improved for us all in the west over that period, young children are no longer sent up chimneys, for example.

I also agree that there are other pressing inequalities in the UK. The difference in outcomes for those born in poverty compared to those born to privilege are greater than those experienced by being born male or female. But just because other inequalities exist does not mean that we should ignore gender inequality.

It would be wrong to ignore the steps that have been taken but it would be calamitous if we were to think that we had reached our destination.

Now we could sit back and wait for someone else to do something  … or we can take control ourselves.

We could keep struggling to lose that extra pound, discard a few more unworn jumpers or tidy our workspace and so keep choosing to repeat the cycle of feast, famine and personal failure … or we can choose to come together to change the world.

Over the past year I have become more and more persuaded of the need to change the way the world does business. Not the tokenism of introducing quotas to address the imbalance in the boardroom, but real systemic change.

The3rdi Magazine is building a powerful community of women, powerful on our own terms and we are the driving force behind the change we want to see.

Together we:

  • Foster better business practice by encouraging the authentic voice of women leadership.
  • Build and support improved self-esteem within the community of women and in the wider world.
  • Create powerful peer networking and mentoring opportunities within the community.

As a commitment to my absolute belief in the benefits of collaborative working, the3rdi magazine has been established as a member owned co-operative.

It’s no longer good enough to read what others have to say, to pay lip service to the need for change. The3rdi Magazine makes it possible for everybody to be part of that change.

Together, we women, working together, helping and supporting each other to drive our vision forward, we can be at the forefront of changing the way the world does business.

Karen

If you want to be part of the change you can find out more in this month’s editorial and find out about MEMBERSHIP HERE

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