How Men Think: The Seven Essential Rules for Making It In a Man's World

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"An interesting tool for working with gender differences."
--John Gray
Author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Men at work do it all the time: They brag, cover up their mistakes, pretend to know what they don't, start fights. And they still get ahead! Why? As psychologist Adrienne Mendell learned when she interviewed one-hundred male executives, the traits that women spend their entire lives erasing from their personalities are actually the qualities that men value in ...
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Overview

"An interesting tool for working with gender differences."
--John Gray
Author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Men at work do it all the time: They brag, cover up their mistakes, pretend to know what they don't, start fights. And they still get ahead! Why? As psychologist Adrienne Mendell learned when she interviewed one-hundred male executives, the traits that women spend their entire lives erasing from their personalities are actually the qualities that men value in the world of work. And since men are still in the power positions, if you don't play it their way, you don't play at all.
Based on Mendell's interviews and her experience of counseling hundreds of frustrated career women, How Men Think identifies the seven rules that men learned by playing sports as children--games that excluded girls. These rules may seem simple on the surface, but understanding them as men do is anything but easy. You may have fallen into many of these traps yourself:
* You're mad because you want your male boss to let you control your projects. But you've got to take control--that's the only way you'll get it.
* You're steamed because a male colleague consistently takes credit for your work. Do you make a point of touting your accomplishments?
* When you make a mistake you apologize. But the man you apologize to doesn't think you're polite--he thinks you're admitting incompetence.
* A fight with a male colleague leaves you shaken. But the men in your office shout at each other for an hour and then go out for a beer.
These are the times that try women's souls! The strategies, insights, and eye-opening advice in How Men Think will help you get along better with the boys and propel you to the top where you belong.
"The more women have opportunities to play sports the more proficient they will become in competing in this men's world of 'unwritten rules.' To bridge the gap, Mendell's book, How Men Think, is a necessary guide for women working with men."
--Diane Everett, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Association for Girls and Women in Sport
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Psychologist Mendell offers guidance to female professionals seeking to understand the behavior patterns of men in the workplace. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449909782
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 823,603
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Boys Will Be Boys 11
Ch. 2 Games, Games, Games 20
Ch. 3 Business Is a Game 29
Ch. 4 Rule 1: Act Competent 47
Ch. 5 Rule 2: Act Strong 59
Ch. 6 Rule 3: Keep Playing to Win Even When the Game Is No Longer Fun 70
Ch. 7 Rule 4: Don't Get Emotionally Involved While Playing the Game 84
Ch. 8 Rule 5: Being Aggressive Is Part of the Game 92
Ch. 9 Rule 6: Fighting Is Part of the Game 101
Ch. 10 Rule 7: You Are Part of a Team 110
Ch. 11 Changing Your Attitudes Toward Mistakes 125
Ch. 12 Passivity 135
Ch. 13 Difficulty Prioritizing 153
Ch. 14 Feminizing 171
Ch. 15 Exclusion 181
Ch. 16 Veiled Hostility 192
Ch. 17 Scare Tactics 200
Ch. 18 Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination 212
Ch. 19 Where Do We Go from Here? 227
Appendix: Rules for the Game of "Work" 237
Endnotes 241
Selected References 247
Index 253
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