Shaa Wasmund: 10 things I want see happen this decade

So this is the start of something new … a new year, a new decade and yes, a new blog from me.
So much has changed over the last decade, it is difficult to know where to start.  Technology. Tick. The Way We Communicate. Tick. Reality TV. Tick. Social Media. Tick.  Obsession With Celebrities. Tick. Women in Business. Not so sure …
Has the image or position of women in business really changed that much over the last 10 years? If the Sunday Times recent headline "Lipstick Entrepreneurs' is anything to go by, I'm not sure it is.  If you read the article itself, it claims that there "will be huge gains for women in business over the next decade". I hope that's true, but if it is, we need to stop being judged by the 'lipstick' we wear?
I've already blogged about my views on this 'label', so I won't drone on about it here, but if you want to read them, feel free …
So what do I want to see happen in business over the next decade? Well, in no particular order:
1. More women in business. Yes, I know you've all heard it before, but the truth is, it is not just our economy that would be better off with more women running their own businesses. As Churchill once said "If women ran the world, there would be no more wars." It's all about balance and we need more of it.
2. Less red tape and less bureaucracy.  Let's stop this insane process of creating new regulations just for the sake of keeping civil servants in jobs. I'd rather we gave them money to go and set up their own businesses - then they might realise how difficult they make our lives!
3. Only appointing 'Small Business Ministers' who actually have experience of running a small business. Not rocket science.
4. Every single business in the UK to have online access and a web presence. In fact let's Wi-Fi the whole of the UK - for free. IF the UK wants an entrepreneurial edge, there it is.
5. Every government contract to be available to small businesses either independently or collectively to tender for - and not just reserved for a monopoly of 3 or 4 big businesses. For real, not just for show.
6. To take more risks. Yes. Seriously. Without risk, there is no reward. Not crazy risks, calculated risks, but let's get a bit more adventurous.
7. We all think a little bit bigger. 'Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars'
8. We collaborate more. Much more. In fact if there is one word I would want to use for the next decade, it's collaboration.
9. We put aside our pride and ask for help. You are not supposed to have all the answers. 'We', collectively are. See above.
10. As Nike says 'Just Do It'. Let's stop procrastinating and start doing. As the Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now."

So this is the start of something new… a new year, a new decade and yes, a new blog from me.

So much has changed over the last decade, it is difficult to know where to start. Technology. Tick. The way we communicate. Tick. Reality TV. Tick. Social media. Tick.  Obsession with celebrities. Tick. Women in business. I'm not so sure…

Has the image or position of women in business really changed that much over the last 10 years? If the Sunday Times' recent headline 'Lipstick Entrepreneurs' is anything to go by, I'm not sure it is.

If you read the article, it claims there "will be huge gains for women in business over the next decade". I hope that's true, but if it is, then surely we need to stop being judged by the lipstick we wear?

I've already blogged about my views on this 'label', so I won't drone on about it here, but if you want to read them, feel free…

So what do I want to see happen in business over the next decade? Well, in no particular order:

  1. More women in business. Yes, I know you've all heard it before, but the truth is, it is not just our economy that would be better off with more women running their own businesses. As Churchill once said: "If women ran the world, there would be no more wars." It's all about balance and we need more of it.
  2. Less red tape and less bureaucracy. Let's stop this insane process of creating new regulations just for the sake of keeping civil servants in jobs. I'd rather we gave them money to go and set up their own businesses - then they might realise how difficult they make our lives!
  3. Only appointing 'Small Business Ministers' who actually have experience of running a small business. Not rocket science.
  4. Every single business in the UK to have online access and a web presence. In fact let's Wi-Fi the whole of the UK - for free. If the UK wants an entrepreneurial edge, there it is.
  5. Every government contract to be available to small businesses either independently or collectively to tender for - and not just reserved for a monopoly of three or four big businesses. For real, not just for show.
  6. To take more risks. Yes. Seriously. Without risk, there is no reward. Not crazy risks, calculated risks, but let's get a bit more adventurous.
  7. We all think a little bit bigger. 'Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars'
  8. We collaborate more. Much more. In fact if there is one word I would want to use for the next decade, it's collaboration.
  9. We put aside our pride and ask for help. You are not supposed to have all the answers. 'We', collectively are. See above.
  10. As Nike says, 'Just Do It'. Let's stop procrastinating and start doing. As the Chinese proverb says, 'The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now'.

 

 

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