work like a woman
A manifesto for change
By most people's standards I would say I’ve had a pretty good career. I’ve reached the top of the ‘ladder’ and been lucky enough to have had a damned good life. But at what cost?
I played the business game for years, where the rules were set by men for men. I was tough and aggressive. I put in long hours, was competitive and resilient, and I suppressed my natural energy, sensitivity and instinct. I worked like this until I couldn’t any more. And then I changed.
My team and I rebuilt my agency Portas on the values that mattered. Collaboration, empathy, instinct and trust: values not always associated with leadership or winning, but which made every one of us feel good. And it worked.
Now I want to share what I’ve learned, and am still learning, to change the way you work. I’ll challenge every one of you – women and men – to make the way we work better, where ever that is, and what ever you’re doing. It’s a change that will see female energy and power as the most valuable currency in today’s new world of work.
Change only happens when we come together. So it’s time to create an unstoppable force to make it happen.
It’s time to #WorkLikeAWoman.
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