Work With Me

Work With Me

The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business

Book - 2013 | 1st ed
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A leading gender studies authority draws on extensive interviews to challenge popular conceptions and identify biological factors behind how and why men and women think and act as they do in the workplace.
Contents: Are we really the same?
The eight gender blind spots
Do women want men to change?
Do men appreciate women?
Are women being excluded?
Do men have to walk on eggshells with women?
Do women ask too many questions?
Do men listen?
Are women too emotional?
Are men insensitive?
Growing in our gender intelligence
Building trust with women, increasing credibility with men
Bridging our different values
Achieving work-life harmony
Smart women and men, working and winning together
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 306.36081 A
Characteristics: xii, 260 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gray, John 1951-
ISBN: 9780230341906
023034190X

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danielestes
Aug 12, 2013

Work with Me by Barbara Annis and John Gray is an acceptable effort on how the genders can better understand each other in the workplace. I found some helpful insights here, but overall this book addresses a problem which is really a symptom of a larger problem—that the working world has been run by men for so long that a full integration of women into positions of influence is still in transition. We're making rapid progress, but unfortunately this may take generations to accomplish well. The dilemma of "the world of work being created by men for men" is addressed but then there's too little discussion on the long-term realities.

The women in Annis' book are smart and hardworking though I can see why their efforts are frustrated. The men they work with, and often for, are not good examples of men. Excelling at negotiating and closing deals may cause your star to rise, but I'd grade these men a D+ for social intelligence. Annis uses the term gender intelligence, but it's broader than that.

There's also the type of work considered. I read example after example from law firms, financial enterprises, engineering corporations, etc., with the focus being on the sales, managerial and executive teams. These are stereotypical Type A, Alpha Male positions so of course you'll find these situations the most contentious.

Women making advances in typically male-dominated industries are pioneers for sure. Their gains benefit all of humanity. Teaching men who are used to traditional gender roles to go against a lifetime of upbringing is an honorable effort, but may not be worth it. You'd have better success educating their children.

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