Despite the strenuous efforts to give women equal status in the workplace over the last few decades, tension between the sexes in the workplace remains as rampant as ever: during exit interviews many women, often leaving to start their own businesses, cite feeling undervalued or unappreciated at the office. Despite countless company initiatives, equality protocols, and gender seminars we have made little significant advancement. So why can't the sexes work together?
In this fresh exploration of the relationships between men and women in the office, world-renowned expert on gender issues in the workplace, Barbara Annis, and John Gray, author of the number one relationship book of all time, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, team up to reveal the eight gender blindspots that create friction between the sexes at work. Annis and Gray use stories, science and research (including over 100,000 in-depth interviews of male and female executives in over 60 Fortune 500 companies) to expose the blindspots that cause misunderstandings, miscommunications, mistrust, resentment and frustrations. Filled with 'ah-ha' moments, Work with Me provides a blueprint for boosting your gender intelligence. It provides new insights and solutions that will help break down barriers and enable men and women to bridge their different values, build trust and increase their credibility with each other, at work and at home.
In this must-read, Annis (an expert on workplace gender issues and chair of the women's leadership board at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government) and relationship expert Gray (author of the bestseller Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) examine how and why men and women think differently at work, and what we can do about it. As the authors write, "In pursuit of gender sameness, we've painted ourselves into a corner." By exposing and eliminating our blind spots, Annis and Gray argue, we can improve our gender intelligence and therefore our individual and organizational effectiveness. In the first section, the authors examine eight gender blind spots that emerged from their own research, and that are supported by data and research from outside institutions. The blind spots are humorous, but the examples of how we misinterpret each other will hit home. Compelling stories from individuals bring the data to life, and facts on gender are included throughout. Even more useful is the book's second section, which offers examples of gender intelligence at work, plus practical advice on how to build trust and improve communications. Pragmatic and timely, this joint offering by two complementary experts one from Mars and one from Venus promises to be a game changer.