When industrial psychologists recently analyzed the performance evaluations of 61,000 executives, they were astonished by the results. They found that female managers ranked higher than their male counterparts in almost every measure except confidence—and confidence is key to that elusive quality of executive presence.
Whether it's a product, service, or idea…being savvy at reading your customer and determining where he or she fits on the gender bell curve can be the difference between painful rejection and sweet success.
During a break in a GenderSpeak workshop a woman told me she suddenly understood a difficult conversation she and her husband had. They had recently finished a major remodel of their house. The first water bill came and she has shocked to see that they were using 500 gallons of water a day.
Have you ever "clicked" with a member of the opposite sex while working on a project? Maria and Brandon found that whenever they worked on the same project team, they felt renewed energy and creativity. Work was more fun and the days seemed to fly by.
During a recent workshop a mother of a small girl told the story of watching her daughter playing alone in her sandbox while she was doing the dishes. The mother had bought several Tonka trucks for her daughter, trying to expose her to toys generally for boys.
According to research, boys tend to migrate to toys involving speed, power, and noise. This research result came to life for me recently. I was picking up my boys from school this past week when I noticed something familiar and fun!
Today women earn 58% of college bachelor degrees and hold half of the professional and managerial positions. Many have been successful beyond their wildest dreams and find themselves holding more power than their husbands. This has had an unforeseen and unintended consequence of destabilizing and disrupting their marriages.
While common sense might lead us to believe that singlefocused, workaholic employees who work long hours would be promoted most often, the opposite appears to be happening. Current research is finding that, in many cases, women who are mothers are climbing higher on the corporate ladder than non-mothers.
You've read the generalizations and heard the clichés: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Men don't ask for directions, women can't read road maps. Are these clichés in fact true? Are they supported by scientific evidence, or are we just programmed to believe them?
One of the most entertaining moments of a GenderSpeak workshop can occur when participants are asked to name their favorite toy or activity. Often participants from younger generations, both male and female, say playing video games was their favorite…
Early on in my career I worked in a Fortune 500 company and ran an executive trainee program. Each year I received about 120 applicants for this Staff Associate program and each had 3 letters of recommendation attached.
It just happened again. Twice in 3 years studies have shown that when women are represented in significant numbers in key positions in Fortune 500 companies, financial performance is higher in some key areas.
Since the publication of my book GenderTalk Works earlier this year, a wide range of companies have used it to help bridge the gender communications gap at work. The main point of the book is that neither men nor women have a better way of communicating, but simply different.
A question I'm often asked by people who have been through our GenderSpeak workshop or my keynote on gender differences is, "How can I help ease some of my co-workers’ gender-related frustrations when they haven't had the opportunity to learn this stuff?"