Be the Change (on the 5th)
I say this loudly and I say this boldly…the Weinstein case is just another of many examples of a systemic problem. People in positions of power who sexually harass their workers and intimidate them into non-action must be stopped. Their behavior must change.
It can no longer endure for decades.
As a CEO, as a C-Suite member, as middle manager, as a co-worker, and as a victim, you have the power to be the change we all need to see.
On the 5th of November, I encourage you to:
- Put a bouquet of flowers at the entrance to your office space and empower every person who is a witness to or a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace to put a flower in their lapel, in their hair, on their desk.
- Work with HR reps in your workplace to anticipate the support that all the flower-bearers will need to work through their shame, their inaction, their oppression and their fears.
- When dealing with the non-flower bearers, remember to come from a place of love and support. Perpetuating the shame, the fear and the oppression does not solve the problem, it just moves it around. Something different is needed to create true organic, from-the-heart change.
Imagine… if you did this on the 5th day of every month, how long do you think it would take to eradicate sexual harassment in the workplace?
We have an opportunity here to help victims everywhere find restorative justice and to create a workplace motivated by mutual respect and empower all workers to positively contribute to their environment.
From the heart…
P.S. Not working on the 5th? Friday the 3rd works too.