He just walked up and asked if I wanted to attend a promotion interview!
Sometimes I like to fantasise about (well many fun things) but often about what the world would be like if we had true and complete equality today.
Can you imagine it ?
I try to and above is the line I’d love to hear from a talented colleague.
Why does this just not happen ?
The one thing that you hear about women (and I would apply this to quieter men as well) is that they have to ‘put their hand up‘. Like we’re in grade 6 and want a turn at using the new MACINTOSH COMPUTER (oops showing my age – we had one MAC for a class of 30! I have odd memories of us all fighting over who got to wheel it out of the ‘computer cupboard’ into the classroom and back).
Putting your hand up is not bad advice.
You do need to ask for promotion, make it known that you want one and visibly work towards it. But this also means that people who are extroverted, brash, over-confident are more likely to get promoted over more conscientious types. (My grade 6 report definitely said ‘Beatrice is a very a conscientious student’ or in other words quiet and introverted.)
I’m a big fan of seeking out talent and pushing people forward.
I don’t think everyone should have to yell and scream to get noticed and there would be a hell of a lot more good women and men in more senior roles if the men (and the rare super woman) in powerful positions took this approach.
Now I’d love to hear from you, what is your equality fantasy ?