Who’s calling the shots?

Last night I attended a fabulous debate at The Stone Club, a meeting of minds …and it surely was. The debate was ‘does the media, the business world, the politians or the general public call the shots’.

A lively top and very media’ full audience listened and debated ..with Andrew Neil chairing with his usual hard hitting humour and Simon Lewis, No 10’s official spokesman, getting an ear bashing from Nick Ferrari, Breakfast Show Host. LBC 97.3, and the result – a draw between the MEDIA and the POLITIANS – and I reflected on the impact of women in this whole debate. If there were more women in Parliament and in Business, of the right sort of course, the authentic, heartfelt, loving and generous female type, would we see a more balanced viewpoint influencing the way we receive the news?

This week also saw the start of The Downing Street Project, with four workstreams launched in Committee Room 10, around 100 women clammered to get involved to set their sights high to bring about new ways for women to be great politians. Watch this space for more news as the next 90 days are targetted to make huge shifts in how women leverage their ‘soft power’ to make a HUGE difference.

Our first woman Prime Minister Margaret Thather surely “called the shots”..well at least for most of our role in NO 10. The Downing Street Project sets out to be sure of more women in Parliament, yet focused on a new type of politian, one which the general public can really feel holds their attention and their vote ..and their love.

What is this talk of love an ‘soft power’? This is the essence of what will make the new politians more human, still with their own views and manifestos for sure, but with a real understanding and value for honesty, integrity and courage. We observe this in President Obama in every speech and his ability to ‘call the shots’ and outsmart the media on many occasions getting round the White Press circle with ease. He calls for ‘mutual respect’ mutual understanding’ ‘collective thinking’ and ‘world peace’. Soft power calling the shots.

Who calls the shots in your life?

The economic climate seems to be calling the shots in many people’s lives. The climate calls the shots on sweltering hot days as now. The Boardroom calls the shots. People need to be able to call the shots in their own lives. Women and men alike more influencing the media, the business leaders and the politians we vote into place.

For a new way to see men and women, do read my the first chapters of JOURNEY TO PLANET BIZ, and help call the shots on how this story ends….

First blogpost for a new blueprint


The only way forward for 2009 and beyond
A new business blueprint built on common-sense and gender dynamics

Economically, we’ve lost our way, and it’s time to draw up a new map. We need to plan our route all over again, determine what we will need along the way – emotionally and physically – and then lead from the front.

To do this we have to bring everyone with us: men and women. We’re in this economic crisis together and yet not only are fewer women in positions of power but more women than men are losing their jobs. How did we arrive at this point? Beginning with mercantilism and the Industrial Revolution, the blueprint that we have used for business has been a masculine one. Following it, we built the ships, sailed the waters, traded across cultures and boundaries and brought huge variations in material wealth. But we also brought ourselves to where we are today.

In essence, men’s roles have not changed much in 200-300 years but women’s have made a massive shift in just 60 years or so. However, as women entered this male-defined world they tended to adopt a working style that emulated that of men as the only way to get ahead. With the growth of technology defining how both genders work and communicate through computers and the internet, women have increasingly used more left brain patterns of working. There is even research that shows rising levels of testosterone in women and that typical female bodyshapes and behaviour are becoming more masculine. And although working patterns have changed the way females, and feminine nature, are valued by men and women, business has not always made the best of what is truly ‘feminine’, and predominately right brain working: this is often described as the ‘soft power’ element of business and deemed to be less valuable than the hard elements of operation and profit.

With the recession, we have a huge opportunity to change the main blueprint from masculine to a balanced collaboration of masculine and feminine dynamics and use the best of both.