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Women Take a Seat

take a seatBest way to spend an evening? Share ideas, stories and experiences with a great group of people. Congratulations to close the gap ca and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for bringing together great women for a great cause – increase the number of progressive women in the California Legislature.

Here are some stats I learned last nite:

  • Women only hold 26% of the California Legislature seats but are over 50% of the population, and that number is declining.
  • 57 seats will be open on account of term limits in 2012, which means nearly half the seats in the state legislature will come open in the 2014 or 2016 elections. This is opportunity now.
  • Women often wait to be asked to run rather than self nominate. So start asking them.
  • Women win elections as often as men, they just don’t run as frequently. Let’s break this pattern.

Why should we have more women in politics? Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 3 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION

What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

MOVING FORWARD

Moving forward … ok, easier said then done. Here are ideas to help. In Part 1, I talked about the three steps of acknowledgement around disruptive events. In summary, we need to acknowledgement that:

  1. A disruptive event(s) has happened
  2. Change has already occurred; things will never be the same
  3. The disruptive change event has residual energy that can be harnessed, tapped into, for good outcomes

Let’s look at these three in more depth. Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 1 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

DISRUPTION WEARY
I didn’t sleep well the other night. Tossing and turning, I was wide awake more than once, my list of concerns looping in my head. Big on the list was the worry that I wouldn’t get up in time for the contractor coming bright and early that morning to remodel my master bathroom. There had been the inevitable start delays and as a result, the project wound up occurring on the heels of, instead of simultaneous with, termite repairs and exterior painting. I had just put the plants and patio furniture back in place the day before.

Add to this, the microwave and the printer, or rather the printer that replaced a month ago the previous printer that stopped working, broke. The time and frustration involved in replacing these is a story for another day, but all added to the not-going-well list. As I dragged myself out of bed on a rainy, fall day, I wondered why I wasn’t happy to be starting the bathroom project I had wanted to do for a long time. Reviewing all of this I realized – I was disruption weary. And the list of disruptive events was still growing. Continue reading