The last two weeks have been full of exciting conversations!!
On the 15th October I attended the Stone Club breakfast time debate, led by Dr Anne Moir, and a lively conversation about the neurological evidence uncovered over recent years and how to use this to benefit our world. Looking at the current situation of the balance of men and women at top levels of the corporate world, Anne exploded the myth that it’s all about equality!
I was delighted to be invited as a guest to this event, as my passion is always to understand myself more and how I relate to others in my life. The more I study and work with men and women in the boardroom and across the broader clusters of teams and management levels, and indeed in my own social relationships, I realise the need to continuosly improve and learn to communicate in open, heartfelt and authentic ways. Yet we have many ways of viewing ‘conversations’ and our sex gets in the way!!
I also recognise positive face-to-face interactions create the most energy but different types come to the conversation with different expectations and different intentions. As one commentator said, “as soon as words leave our lips, they become available for mis-interpretation, good and bad, this always happens.” Depending on our brain preferecnes and neuro-biological imprint, we might see the world one way or other.
Accordign to Anne’s questionnaire from BRAINSEXMATERS I score 6 on a 0-20 continum where 0 is fully ‘male brain’ and 20 is fully ‘female’!! Ah!! I knew it and have all my life, I don’t have a purely feminine female persona – I have a wonderfully ‘masculine’ brain (it can’t be male actually as I know looking in the mirror, I am truly female!! ) yet my mind and body together work in normal female nurturing, multitasking way!! so what does it all mean?
For me it really explains why I have a ‘sat nav’ mind (I don’t turn the map round!), drive like a man (so my sister says!) and can be spatially accurate to a mm!! yet I can honour being a woman in everyway!
What a healthy place to be to know and understand myself more and more!!
This morning’s Thought for Today is “Lost in translation” and it made me chuckle a lot as I recognised how splendidly diverse we all are and how magic our conversations can be when we recognise our starting point comes from inside and not through social constructs about me needing to act as a woman in certian ways – nowadays I know I can be always that which I truly am!
The last two weeks continued with fabulous conversations, a truly magical dinner party in Mayfair with 5 stunningly different friends; an opportunity to address 40 senior women for a special ‘Preparedness for the Boardroom’ event; and especially important for me, meetings with my new business team that fill me with great courage and amazing possibilties for our growth and success.
Wow, each week amazes me and I am truly grateful.
My journey continues….