Gender Intelligence: How Our Differences Create Value in the Workplace (need to confirm this title with publicist)

Barbara Annis, Author, Keith Merron, Author
Barbara Annis and Keith Merron. Harper Business, $27.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-230743-9
Reviewed on: 03/31/2014
Release date: 05/01/2014
Ebook - 272 pages - 978-0-06-230742-2
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In this study of gender diversity in the workplace, Annis (coauthor of Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business) and her colleague Merron reach some startling conclusions based on over 25 years of in-depth surveys involving male and female global managers. They identify several "gender blind spots"—incorrect assumptions that cause misunderstandings—including the false notions that equality means sameness, and the idea that women should think and act like men. Exploring the confluence of these detrimental beliefs, they advocate for adopting gender intelligence in highly successful organizations, pointing to examples such as American Express, where a culture of difference-thinking has been utilized with success. In addition to covering the scientific differences between how men and women think, the authors explore leadership responsibility inherent in instigating such a change in attitudes, and document the five stages through which an organization will evolve into "a gender-intelligent company." The book appropriately focuses on the economic benefits of adopting gender intelligence and shows how to get started, as well as illustrating how and why gender intelligence benefits us all. 17 illus. (May)
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