President’s Message

President’s Message

We’ve had a pair of Eastern Rosellas raise a family in the big macrocarpa tree behind our house and they’ve got some cousins hanging around too.  Actually quite a colony.  They’re very colourful and noisy.  Unless of course they’re stealing the neighbours apples that have just ripened on the tree – then they’re silent.  Some people would say typical Aussies…loud and taking our things.  And being in a rural area, they’ve not been here long enough to be considered locals, by the locals, yet.

Actually, when you think about it, magpies aren’t really locals yet, either, and they’ve been here longer, way longer and quite adept at raising their families here.   But the harrier hawk, well he is a local – he and his partner raised two chicks this past year and they’re quite a noble addition to the ecosystem.

Birds.  Different species, with different ways of doing things, all working together to make the world go round.  We see them, we know them, we identify with them and we can learn from them.  And if we don’t know them, we only have to watch them for a little while to figure them out.

And so it is with people.

We see them, we know them, and we identify with them.  We are all different and we all work together to make the world go round.  Of course, how we work together to make the world go round is another story for another day J

We use animals in our language to describe people and here I use birds – probably a fun way to describe us due to the colloquialism for women, birds.

We are all different in our behavioural styles when we communicate with each other and some of us are better than others.  Sometimes we know why and other times we don’t.

The effectiveness in our communications as leaders and advocates for women comes from our ability to identify the style of those we’re working with and communicate in the style that suits them.  So that we understand each other; we can work together effectively as the leadership team of our clubs and work with those we are lobbying for change.

So next time you’re in a meeting – watch and see what sort of bird the other person is – how are they behaving and therefore how you might better pitch what you’re saying so that they like it J

Good luck

Kia kaha

Angela McLeod

BPW NZ President

president@bpwnz.org.nz

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