Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business [NOOK Book]

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Weaves Michael Gurian's trademark use of brain science in gender studies together with real life examples of what is currently happening in business leadership. It provides new vision and useful practical applications, helping women and men in the workplace become more effective and fulfilled, and ultimately helping businesses and business leaders realize increased profits. Through examples and case studies from companies like Kodak, Nike, Nintendo, Home Depot, Proctor & Gamble, Avon, and Disney, the book ...
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Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business

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Weaves Michael Gurian's trademark use of brain science in gender studies together with real life examples of what is currently happening in business leadership. It provides new vision and useful practical applications, helping women and men in the workplace become more effective and fulfilled, and ultimately helping businesses and business leaders realize increased profits. Through examples and case studies from companies like Kodak, Nike, Nintendo, Home Depot, Proctor & Gamble, Avon, and Disney, the book shows readers how ignoring gender diversity actually impedes the true potential of any business.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Using a hefty helping of neurobiology, corporate moguls Gurian and Annis illustrate how brain chemistry influences gender and how gender in turn powerfully affects every aspect of workplace behavior. The authors contend that corporations attentive to gender and behavior can enhance their performance, competitive edge and bottom line. The authors discuss how men and women wield leadership, bond, regard and execute authority and approach management and conflict resolution skills-applying their findings on male/female brain differences to account for the variations in behavior. Though they tackle the big questions-for instance, do women have to become men to get ahead?-they are at their best when at their most practical, using step-by-step instructions, exercises and simply worded "GenderTools" to teach men and women to understand each other in meetings and on the golf course. Though a front-loaded density of neuroscience may deter the casual browser, readers with a genuine interest and a desire to improve workplace gender relations will do well with this pragmatic and well-intentioned guide. (Aug.)

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Using a hefty helping of neurobiology, corporate moguls Gurian and Annis illustrate how brain chemistry influences gender and how gender in turn powerfully affects every aspect of workplace behavior. The authors contend that corporations attentive to gender and behavior can enhance their performance, competitive edge and bottom line. The authors discuss how men and women wield leadership, bond, regard and execute authority and approach management and conflict resolution skills—applying their findings on male/female brain differences to account for the variations in behavior. Though they tackle the big questions—for instance, do women have to become men to get ahead?—they are at their best when at their most practical, using step-by-step instructions, exercises and simply worded "GenderTools" to teach men and women to understand each other in meetings and on the golf course. Though a front-loaded density of neuroscience may deter the casual browser, readers with a genuine interest and a desire to improve workplace gender relations will do well with this pragmatic and well-intentioned guide. (Aug.) (PublishersWeekly.com, June 23, 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118041130
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership , #158
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 409 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Gurian is a thought-leader, corporate consultant, family therapist, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five books, including Leading Partners, The Wonder of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, The Wonder of Boys, and The Minds of Boys. The co-founder of the Gurian Institute, he has spearheaded a national effort to provide communities and corporations with training in brain-based gender issues.

Barbara Annis is a thought-leader, corporate consultant on gender intelligence and inclusive leadership, CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates, and author of Same Words, Different Language. She has more than twenty years' experience as a specialist in gender issues in the workplace. Annis and her associates have delivered large-scale corporate projects on leadership, gender intelligence, and diversity. She also serves on the Harvard KSG Women's Leadership Board.

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Table of Contents

Introduction How Gender Intelligence Leads to Balanced, Authentic Leadership

Pt. 1 The Theory: Gender Intelligence - The Natural Differences Between Men and Women

1 Understanding the Science of Gender 3

2 Understanding How the Male and Female Brain Work Differently 25

3 Understanding How Men and Women Lead Differently 56

Pt. 2 The Tools: Putting Gender Intelligence to Work Immediately 79

4 Gendertool 1: Improving Your Negotiation Skills With Both Genders 81

5 Gendertool 2: Running a Gender-Balanced Meeting 91

6 Gendertool 3: Improving Your Communication Skills With Women and Men 100

7 Gendertool 4: Improving Your Conflict Resolution Skills With Men and Women 113

Pt. 3 The Applications: Ensuring Gender-Balanced Leadership in the Long Term 123

8 Helping Women: Retaining, Motivating, and Working With Female Talent 125

9 Helping Men: Recognizing Men's Leadership Strengths and Solving Issues Men Face 153

10 Gendertool 5: Practicing Gender-Intelligent Mentoring and Coaching in Your Corporation 179

Epilogue: The Future of Gender 199

Notes and Resources 201

Appendix: Gender/Brain Spectrum Surveys for Men and Women 215

Index 227

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Handbook on gender strengths and differences

    This pleasant book is easy to read and easy to apply. What¿s enjoyable about the book, beyond the clarity of the writing, is the positive tone Michael Gurian and Barbara Annis strike. As they note, too often gender discussions are fraught with tension, and many workplaces markedly favor one sex over the other. However, the authors not only communicate the benefits of developing ¿gender intelligence,¿ they sound completely convinced that businesspeople can improve their gender understanding and relationships almost immediately, and they provide tools for doing so. That said, while the authors are careful to speak in terms of gender tendencies and not absolutes, they sometimes do generalize in ways that might excuse specific actions as biological male or female behavior. That issue aside, getAbstract recommends this book to managers, human resource personnel and anyone interested in understanding gender issues and proclivities.

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