Posted by: ginalazenby | February 8, 2014

The question of Feminine Wisdom …?


Gina Lazenby live on Preston FM Radio talking about feminine wisdom and feminine leadership with Hughie Parr

.. that was the question that came across my desk a couple of weeks ago and the unlikely questioner was Brian Ashman, the Station manager of Preston FM … who? Quite!

From left field … I might live and breath conversations about feminine wisdom and feminine leadership but I really was quite astounded to receive a request from a local radio station especially since it wasn’t from a woman hosting a female magazine show …. it was from two guys. Brilliant!  Listen to the interview here.

What to say?  I thought about creating a crisp definitive explanation of feminine wisdom (good luck at finding anything useful in the dictionary) and as I mused over this I put out a question on Facebook to my tribe of friends for their thoughts. Lots came in for which I am grateful and I’m keeping those for future conversations.

Then I got it. Just show up. When I sat down with Hughie he introduced me saying that normally he would do research for an interview with a guest, make lots of notes and have a list of questions. This time he just had “Gina Lazenby. Feminine Wisdom” on his pad! Nothing else.  I laughed. I said that I too would normally do my own research, plan what I wanted to say and have a crib sheet or mindmap in front of me as a prompt. Today I had nothing.

My guidance was to show up, to calmly be me, be present to whatever question came my way and to bring forth a reply of whatever needed to be spoken in that moment. For me … that in itself summed up feminine wisdom! Presence, guidance, intuition, inner knowing, listening, speaking from the heart, grace, trust, allowing your authentic voice to come through ….  I felt that it was a beautifully simple reinforcement of what I do. It can be pretty scary sometimes but then it’s all about trust … trusting that we have all we need inside.

Another interesting little note is the element of synchronicity in the story. They asked me to come in just a couple of days before a month long overseas trip. Well you know how scarily busy those last few days can be! As luck would have it I had already committed to an evening event in Liverpool the night before and so on the morning of the requested interview I was driving from Liverpool to Skipton and would be passing within a hair’s breadth of their studio at exactly the time they wanted me. Don’t you just love the games they play up there !!

Listen to the short interview … online here.

We talked about how wisdom is missing from society today, the lack of ‘wise woman’ in the dictionary …. onto … female (as he called it) leadership, the lack of women in British parliament, the Yorkshire female MP de-selected by her constituency, the number of new women MPs who don’t propose to run in the next election, the invisible male culture, the criticism and lack of support for women leaders (particularly experienced by Julia Gillard in Australia), unconscious bias expressed by both men and women, valuing the feminine work of caring, the important job of being a mother, women having to choose between career or family, the lack of women at the top, whether men suppress women, the opportunity for women today, the different traits of men and women,  creating a new society and a new way of doing things ….. the need for women to come together and show the way forward, what is the new masculinity, flexibility in our roles …… the difference in the USA, the wave of change coming from California, the new flexible work structures … quite a lot actually!!

Enjoy … let me know what you think. What would you have said?

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