Yesterday I told you about one of the courses I attended last week, today I’ll tell you about what I learnt from the other.
The course was led by Philip Whiteley and based on the work from the book he penned with his colleague Susan Bloch, entitled Global You. The course is designed to help individuals become more aware of how increasingly globalised the world is, from the clothes you wear to your interactions at work and to help you plan what you might need to do in your own context to be a more Global You.
It was brilliantly executed with plenty of space for discussion with my fellow participants. I definitely realised how much I don’t know about the world and I came away with a list of actions. One of which is to become fluent in another language in the next 3 years, so watch this space.
As a facilitator I am always aware of the dynamic in the room, but it’s always useful to be back in the role of a participant. I was the only woman in the group and the only person as far I know with a heritage outside of the UK. My fellow participants were attentive, inclusive and good listeners, yet I was still acutely aware of my difference.
At times it’s a novelty to be different to be exoticised and as a woman you can definitely play on it if you wish. But long term unless you find real connection and similarity it can be isolating experience. This is the experience that I think is common for women in the workplace.
Yes we can hold our own with the men, but wouldn’t it be great for to have another sister looking at us across the board room table.
If that’s not possible just yet, join a group of likeminded women, or start one of your own.
Or become a mentor and grow your own!
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