Friday, January 15, 2010

The Male Factor: A Review

Shaunti Feldhahn's latest book, The Male Factor: the Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace grew out of her realization that time and again women short circuited their success in the workplace because they don't understand the rules of the game.

As with her other books, The Male Factor is based on a nationwide survey and confidential interviews with more than three thousand men. Here bestselling author of For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn, explores how men in the workplace tend to think, which even the most astute women might otherwise miss. In The Male Factor, Feldhahn investigates and quantifies the private thoughts that men almost never publicly reveal or admit to, but that every woman will want to know.

Among the subjects The Male Factor tackles are:

• how men, with rare exception, view almost any emotional display as a sign that the person can no longer think clearly—as well as what they perceive to be “emotion” in the first place (it’s not just crying)

• why certain trendy clothes that women wear may create a career-sabotaging land mine in terms of how male colleagues perceive them

• the unintentional signals that can change a man’s perception of a woman from “assertive and competent” to “difficult”

I find this topic fascinating, and as with her other books, Shaunti writes in a very readable style. I appreciate the way she breaks the statistics down and brings in and compares what she learned from her personal interviews with men versus what was said in the survey. She also talks about how concern for political correctness could have impacted the results. This is a good read for women who are in the workplace and want to be more effective or who need to figure out why they keep sabotaging their own careers.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

1 comment:

Linda said...

This has got to be one of the most wanted book for women. To understand the male mind at work.


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