Senior women in the LG sector will lead the discussion on how gender imbalances can be addressed, and how you can work with other women – and supportive men – to ensure you can contribute to your council to the best of your ability.
If you're in a minority in any meeting, it's often difficult to get yourself heard. Typically the minority in senior meetings within local councils, many women have noticed that when they voice an idea during a meeting, there is no real response or acknowledgement. But more frustrating, often someone else will say the same thing a few minutes later, and have it welcomed as a valuable contribution.
In this eye-opening article about a group of women working in the White House, the women use a simple 3-step process to support each other to have their ideas heard, acknowledged and credited to the person who came up with them. It works like this: if you hear a good idea in a meeting that is not acknowledged, repeat the idea yourself, prefaced by an attribution to the first speaker. 'As Janet suggested, we could be more effective by . . .
This works because repetition is one of the simplest ways of reinforcing any point, and secondly, hearing another person repeat the idea gives the rest of the audience time to let the idea sink in. The decency of attributing the idea appropriately is something that can become part of your team's culture. That works for everyone.