Girl Talk

Mr partner Ken also subscribes to The Economist and tags articles for me to read such as the one on women and work.

The Economist says working women today have it better than ever before. They also talk about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In where she concludes that its partly womens’ fault because they do not lean in and ask for promotions, or pipe up at meetings or insist on taking a seat at the table.

Another book they mention on the subject of women in business is Barbara Annis and John Gray who co-wrote ‘Work With Me’. The authors believe (and rightly so!) that women and men are biologically wired to think and react differently.

Take Ken and I for example. If I see a spider (as small as it may seem to him) I yelp for him and dive out of the immediately invading area. Just in case more are waiting in the crevices. He has to – and I mean this – he has to remove it before I can go near that spot again.

As I watch him pick it up and allow it to crawl onto his hand, I grimace in disgust. So there we have it. We are biologically wired differently. okay, okay, I know this is different. Some women are super-women when in comes to spiders. And I know this is in a different context anyway. Back to the point …

If you’ve read Women Are From Venus and Men Are From Mars (anyone got a cpy for me to read?), you’ll know John Gray well. By teaming up with Barbara Annis, who runs workshops on gender for big companies, the pair have created a guide to working communications.Women in business are serious entrepreneurs!

They say:

  • Women ask more questions
  • Women seek more collaboration more frequently than men
  • Men view these preferences as signs of weakness
  • Women grow annoyed by how competitive men work
  • Women get annoyed at how quickly men arrive at unilateral conclusions

Their conclusion is that if both became more aware of the other gender and their behavioural preferences, their workplace would be more harmonious.

Move over Boys, don't be scared of the dumbells - we mean business!

A third book reviewed by The Economist is a ‘Rising Tide’ by Susan Coleman and Alicia Robb who focus on women entrepreneurs. Another book I haven't reviewed for ihubbub (link  ) so I must get my hands on this one because it covers how women are rising up and starting up their own business. How they have fewer savings and thus launch with less capital than men.

How they are less likely to apply for finance for fear of being declined and how they lack the financing help male entrepreneurs enjoy. Also, how women keep their businesses small in order to balance family.

While King College London states that there are 70m highly educated, high-earning women around the world, these ladies tend to marry more often and have fewer kiddies.

Ironically, it seems after decades of women failing to get the equal rights they have so long fought for, there are now more books telling women how to alter their behaviour rather than men changing their attitudes, men getting more comfortable mentoring women and making way for women to step into their highly paid exec jobs.

Women in business are serious entrepreneurs!

How about it, guys? Let’s get down to some serious boy talk ...