Member Spotlight | Sharon Bowes
An igniter of brilliant superpowers that unleash innovative thinking, helping people tackle wicked problems and live fun and fulfilling lives at work and at home; Also one of our founding members at WomenH2H and a member of the Partnership Council.
An igniter of brilliant superpowers that unleash innovative thinking, helping people tackle wicked problems and live fun and fulfilling lives at work and at home; also one of our founding members at WomenH2H and a member of the Partnership Council.
I am a geographer and photographer and love using learnings from Mother Nature to provide guidance and solace and spirit enhancement to keep me whole so I can deliver all of me.
You could also call me Sneezy. For my entire life, I have sneezed three times after each meal of every day. I sneeze when I wake up, I sneeze before I go to bed and I sneeze when the sun is too bright. This helped me out a lot in University when I would partly fall asleep to the droning voice of a professor (yes, there are a few of those), and I would, as soon as my eyes started to droop, sneeze and wake myself up again. Whew!
I take photos of snow on trees that look like people characters. I wait eagerly every year for the snow to arrive in sufficient quantity to bury the trees completely. This is when the forest is filled with snow characters that speak to me. Perspective is everything and as you move around the tree to find just the right point of view, it creates the image of a person or other character. Incredible!
Big dreams require many people, working in partnership. And our new generation entering the business world plus our new global events are pointing to required changes in the way we all work together. Our business realities are transforming globally. The new business competitive differentiators will be innovation and business resilience.
Sharon is an instigator (a SPARK), helping to connect maverick business thinkers to share knowledge and empower (UNLEASH) other heart-centric, value-based clients or workers. She helps to predictably achieve innovative, results using new harmonious masculine and feminine practices.
When it comes to the role of women at work today, what inspires you, and what keeps you up at night?
There are three trends that inspire me when it comes to the role of women at work today:
The growing recognition of the value for the feminine forms of power in unleashing powerful business results, in both men and women
The growth of the women in power movements around the world and connecting in supportive communities that build up the skills, practices, and recognition for the powerful shifts needed by businesses that women, in partnership with men, can co-create
The empowering movements and messages in our younger generations of women to respect differences, honor and support each other, and refuse to accept poor treatment in work and life relationships
What keeps me up at night is the possibility of missing the critical turning point in this shift to the powerful executive woman leader in all global organizations and seeing the ownership for it all to remain in the hands of the masculine (both masculine women as well as masculine men) practices.
What’s your goal around that and why is it important to you? Why is that a priority for you right now?
My goal is to be a part of inspiring, mentoring, and coaching women to find their voice, values, and visibility in the new organizational landscape globally. It is important to me to achieve solutions to the wicked problems of the world.
The problems and circumstances we are struggling with today were created in a particular paradigm. The solutions cannot come from the same paradigm.
To me, the shift to a harmonious balance between masculine and feminine forms of power now, are the key to achieving the impossible and reviving our world in all arenas.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve personally had as a woman at work? How did you try to overcome them?
The great Pretense – learning to be someone I am not in order to fit in
Using my skills and knowledge when they are dismissed or pushed aside – learning how to have a voice and a place in teams and groups – becoming a leader to share all of me
Exhausted all of the time
Masculine (foreign) environment
Who or what would have made it easier? What do you wish you would have done then?
Feminine Mentors and guides
Permission to fail
Transparency in figuring out things together
Many women are overwhelmed by the constant changes at work, frustrated with conflicts, or disheartened by office politics, drama, and draining emotions. What have you done in the past to help you get through such moments?
Escape! To the mountains, to a bath, to photography/geography, to creating and building a new business of my own (tried Mary Kay, Jewelry, photography)
Left the company – never stay too long anyhow, so it’s easier not to connect to politics
Become an independent external resource – Telecommunications field representative (multiple companies each week), Global Implementation Specialist (multiple companies each year) & Management Consultant (multiple companies/projects each quarter)
Who do you follow on these subjects? Are there authors, influencers, leaders, sites, blogs you follow?
Otto Scharmer and Theory U with the Presencing Institute
PAX programs and PartnershipWorks
The Information Paradox by John Thorpe
Conversational Intelligence by Judith Glaser
WBECS programs (a variety of world-class trainers for global executive coaches)
The Evolutionary Business Council
The Empowerment Portal
And many more……..
Do you participate in other women groups or communities? What have you seen work in such communities and what was missing for you?
A wide variety of them.
What I miss from most women communities is the truly awakened soul energy and talents and skills AND motivation to make a real difference in our global lives. I would love to join my energy to those talents and skills to contribute to real change.
Why is it important for women to be surrounded by other women and what is the role we play in each other’s lives?
Women who are truly supportive of each other and creating safe, collaborative, contributory communities are immensely powerful and can AND will tackle the most gnarly, emotional, antagonistic and impossible cultural challenges and make true headway with them.
Women truly are the answer to unlocking the best world we can co-create together, although, only when appreciating and celebrating the energy in harmonious balance of the masculine as well as the feminine.
What activities could we do so that we master together how to get back our zest, thrive on change, lead with grace and confidence, and co-create the beautiful workplaces we all long for?
We need to master partnership skills and celebrate and share out the incredible brilliance of other members of the groups we live in and work with.
We need to bring heart and soul energy to working environments and feminine forms of power such as generosity, compassion, patience and gratitude.
How do you see your role in building this community? And is there anything else you want to add that you think would be helpful for us to know as we are building this community?
I have been given the honour of joining as a founding member and moderator of the community. I am on the Partnership Council and am delighted to provide my skills and expertise in partnership, governance, community/team growth and development as well as value achievement on purpose.
I plan to enjoy stretching my own knowledge and expertise in this brilliant community and helping to provide the expertise of my 30-year career in making my clients and team members into the heroes they were always meant to be. I celebrate the growth and development of the members in our community AND the community itself.