Recently I was watching a video of our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, speaking about women’s suffrage.
But she didn’t pronounce ‘women’ correctly. Repeatedly.
And that bothered me.
“Surely, our Prime Minister should be able to pronounce ‘women’ correctly?” is what I was thinking. And that dominated my thoughts, not her message.
Am I being unfair? Are my expectations too high?
But that got me thinking, that whether I’m being unfair or not, this is a great reminder that perception matters.
I believe in the correct use of grammar and the correct pronunciation of words. You’ll never lose by doing it right. But you will lose to a section of the audience if you don’t.
BTW It’s pronounced wimin, not wumen.
I’m in my office at the moment. This morning I’ve planned next week, had multiple meetings and worked on some strategic moves for my business.
I used to be all about winning at everything I was involved with.
Many ‘entrepreneurs’ I meet just want to be the ‘big ideas’ person. They’re not interested in the little stuff.
In life people always talk about getting ‘ahead of the curve.’
Something had to get out of the way for everything good that is in your life.
We worry about things that might not work out.
We are all a combination of our experiences of the past.
We don’t need to detach from our painful past.
The you today is different from the you a year ago.
Sometimes leadership is about creating a vision and bringing people along.