How do we know when it’s time?
In the US, it’s now 100 years since women were given the vote and to the modern woman hard to believe that it hasn’t always been so. In 1974 we finally introduced powerful Health and Safety legislation changing the face of workplace safety in the UK – decades after terrible accidents. In 1998 in my capacity as a UK train operating company director I tried to introduce a no smoking ban onboard our trains – I failed but it became law across the UK 9 years later.
How do we know when it’s the right time for a change to happen? How does that decision get taken and who decides? Do we have to wait for the legislative process to create our new future?
Our world is undergoing vast turbulence as we know and many things are ripe for change. Our fundamental attitudes around inclusion, tolerance and acceptance of others as an example. Or the role and influence of women and more broadly the feminine principle in how we live our lives – less power based and more collaborative, allowing and caring. The way we run our businesses – making the move away from a single-pointed obsession with money and profit toward a greater good, collective well-being perspective.
The list of areas for change is very long – sustainability/climate change (our Planet), economy, politics, religion, equality, business, education and for sure you’d add others. This is a phenomenal time in our human story and it calls for each one of us to step up in our leadership. It’s easy to show leadership once someone else has made the decision, passed the legislation or introduced the new technology. However, if we are to get this next epoch in our story onto the right path, we also have to change our notion of leadership.
It’s no longer someone else’s job. As we are seeing the vast majority of the supposed power brokers are failing in their duty and function right across the globe. The time is right now for each and every one of us to become a Martin Luther King, or an Emmeline Pankhurst or a Nelson Mandela or indeed a Greta Thunberg or Jacinda Ardern.
Whether we recognise it or not, we are writing our future with every choice we make each day. Let’s use the time of now to ensure that in some way every day, we create a future we can all be proud of.