“The first responsibility of leadership is the creation of meaning.”—Warren Bennis.
Word of the week is #SisterCourage.
As in be a sister. Have the courage to raise the issues that need to be tackled even if they are hard. Put sister and courage together with a strategic plan and act on it and you can create a movement that will change the world.
My Power Tool #7 is in fact “Create a movement.” But my love of movement building is not what prompted my decision to choose #SisterCourage as my word of the week.
What sent me off into the stratospheric level of aggravation that made me want to scream out that hashtagged #SisterCourage concept was this article in The Atlantic entitled “Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?”
In this video, women wearing their virtual shirts put their convictions into action. But they didn’t do it alone.
In No Excuses, I show how to apply movement building principles to any area of life. Those principles can be described as Sister Courage: be a sister. Reach out and ask for help when you need it. give help when someone else needs it. Have the courage to raise issues. Put the two together with action and you have a movement.
Think about it. When you needed to plan Thanksgiving dinner, didn’t you call on your sisters to help you plan the menu and distribute the workload? Those same skills can be incorporated into the workplace and in politics.
What’s on your shirt? What is the goal you want to accomplish? What are the various components and tasks? What strengths do the individual members of your team have, and how can those strengths be utilized to pull everything together?
I just love what Gloria Steinem has to say about building a network for yourself and getting a movement going. Do you agree with her?
Where do you need to create a movement in your life? Have you established support networks? And how can you apply the principles of movement building into your day-to-day life?
Speaking of movements, don’t forget to enter the Wear the Shirt contest. We’re accepting entries until December 4th. One lucky winner will receive an autographed set of my books, just in time for the holidays. Give them to someone special or keep them for yourself. But we’ve got a fabulous group of activists who have already joined the Wear the Shirt movement. So don’t be left out!