Book Review of 'The Male Factor'
Women who work outside their homes or women who work with even one male coworker would do well to read Shaunti Feldhahn ?The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace.?
Why? Because is fundamental career research. Because some of your perceptions of life in the working world may need to be adjusted. Or, because the research found in this book and the advice offered could advance the cause of women in the workplace by untold measures.
The The Male Factor provides women results of an eight year study into men?s view of women in the workplace and the marketplace. Truthfully, men and women are different but this has no bearing on equality.
Reading research on what men really think about the women they work with is as important as knowing a prospective client personality, interests, and goals prior to your initial meeting with a make or break client.
It goes beyond the personality classifications, these are hardwired differences silently residing in every man?s DNA and to ignore that fact is to view it from a purely feminist approach (which is what the majority of women tend to do) is tantamount to spitting in the wind for the good that does you.
This kind of information can have a direct bearing on your future, your career, and ultimately your pay. These twelve chapters cause the reader to become aware that:
-It does matter if your emotions govern your personality. (Ch. 5)
-It does matter what you think, so keep that chip off your shoulder. (Ch. 7)
-It does matter what you choose as your dress code. (Ch. 10)
-It does matter that you get to the point. (Ch. 11)
I have great respect for Shaunti Feldhahn?s work. I?ve read her fiction and non-fiction books. This is a handbook of collected feedback that a woman can use to first become aware of how she is perceived and to adjust her lifestyle and manage, and perhaps, reduce potential conflicts.
Read this research material and understand your coworker?s in an entirely different way.
To a add a personal note, my favorite part of the book was Chapter 12 ? Putting it in Perspective: Counsel from Experienced Christian Women because it offered great tips from Christian women who have learned from these ?unwritten rules? working with them and not against them to foster success and long lasting working relationships.
I highly recommend this book for those women already in the workplace but especially college students preparing to careers.
The review copy of this book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing free of charge and was donated to the library of Westwood Baptist Church.