The changes we have experienced over the past 12 months have left their mark, not only on how we navigate our environment but also on how we manage our internal worlds. It’s one thing to not be able to travel and conduct face-to-face meetings, or to not get together in a group of people. It’s another thing to adapt to one unexpected lockdown after another.
When Socrates spoke about “care of the self” more than 2,500 years ago, his definition of self-care was one of “care for the soul”, the search for self-knowledge, and the understanding of ourselves beyond body, status, wealth, and reputation. As he explained: “Once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves, but otherwisewe never shall.”
Women do want to break through the glass ceiling and sit on company boards and lead corporations. But to achieve this, more active support from senior executives and guidance for younger women in the work force is needed, writes Janine Garner, a successful entrepreneur and author of the new book From ME to WE. A second piece of advice comes from executive coach Angela Heise who wants women to go against convention as well as network and work together.