Men. Women. Working together. Throw in a few personality twists and you’re bound to have connections, clashes and work. Shaunti Feldhahn, author of For Women Only, recently came out with her new book about “the unwritten rules, misperceptions, and secret beliefs of men in the workplace.” She addresses many issues and especially perceptions of men toward women in the workplace.
Does your male coworker know what to do if you start crying? What about that personal issue you are trying to talk about? How can you work together effectively and communicate clearly?
Women dive into the workplace not always knowing how to swim and not just tread water. Check out the book for some insights and things to ponder. Even if you’re not in the “workplace,” you still interact daily with men. Let me know what you think! Have you read it? Thoughts? Want to read it? Here are some quotes I found interesting:
“This is a great time to be a woman in business.”
“In a man’s mind, it is as if there are two different worlds: ‘Work World’ and ‘Personal World.'”
“I found that the assumption that ’emotion’ means ‘you are not thinking’ is nearly universal among men.”
So…what do men perceive as emotional in the first place? becoming tearful, getting upset or defensive too easily, overreacting, jumping to conclusions, holding strong opinions/refusing to be swayed.
Little things to do: get to the point, don’t overreact, and let it go.
Men’s top advice for women in the workplace: Be competent and you’ll do well, just be yourself and confident in who you are, or you’re respected; keep up the great work.
*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.