Summary of Work with Me
The 8 Blind Spots between Men and Women in Business
Barbara Annis and John Gray, Work with Me, published 2013, Copyright © Barbara Annis and John Gray, 2013, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan
Men and women can understand how the opposite sex thinks, acts, speaks and works.
John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, and Barbara Annis, an expert on gender inclusiveness, discuss “gender blind spots” that generate friction between men and women at work. The authors distributed 100,000 surveys to employees in 60 Fortune 500 companies. They found that women are not as satisfied with their professional lives as men. Women feel excluded from advancement, undervalued and unappreciated. Men say women ask too many questions, take criticism personally and become emotional. The authors advise companies to cultivate “gender intelligence” so men and women can accept and acknowledge their differences as strengths. Even though some of Gray’s and Annis’s advice is obvious common sense, getAbstract recommends these findings to executives seeking an inclusive workplace and to HR professionals who struggle to retain talented employees, especially women.
In this summary, you will learn
- How eight common “gender blind spots” cause tension between the sexes, and
- How men and women can communicate and build trust.
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