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Anrah News - January 2015
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Some personal reflections on gender and behaviour


I’ve been noticing increased exposure of gender comparisons in the media lately. Being privileged to work with smart and ambitious men and women I’m more and more conscious of behavioural differences between the sexes. Whether these differences originate in the brain or through culture or socialisation, as women advance their careers to the top level, they need to pay attention to research.

When men get together research shows they almost always talk of their success and achievements – even jokes are to establish dominance. All-women groups share stories of blunders, gaffes or confusions to reassure each other and establish intimacy. It seems men need to command respect and women prefer to build rapport. It becomes highly apparent when in meetings men are far more likely to interrupt – and interrupt women - to gain status.

Even the pace of decision making is distinct. Men arrive at an individual decision quickly to demonstrate independence and authority whereas women tend to confer and consider an array of outcomes first. If managers are not aware, decisions taken by men are valued more because they are first to arrive at the decision.

It’s a mistake however, for a woman to adopt a masculine approach. She is likely to meet with opposition and criticism as being ‘unfeminine’. Deborah Tannen, Professor of Georgetown University points this out in her book “You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation”. So what to do as a woman if you want to gain leadership position in a male oriented environment?

To find out, why not join me for “Stand Out from the Crowd: Leadership, Gravitas and Women” a day’s training with half day follow-up on Friday March 27th 2015 at the delightful riverside hotel,
the Beetle and Wedge, Moulsford from 10am until 5pm. You’ll learn how to manage your attitude, your behaviour and your outlook to achieve leadership gravitas.
MY STORY OF THE MONTH

Office housework and the importance of note taking

My attention was drawn to Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant's article highlighting how women's natural helpfulness in the workplace was often taken for granted and therefore did not help their career prospect. They also quoted findings by the Harvard professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter that women do the lion’s share of “office housework” — administrative tasks that help but don’t pay off. Sandberg and Grant challenged women to look after themselves better by learning to align their support to the business' objectives  and men to speak up about women's contributions and to take on some of the housework. They praised Richard Branson for doing just that at one of their meetings. To which Richard Branson replied: 'To counteract the gender bias, men shouldn't take over the note taking from women, everyone should be taking notes! '. In his view, note taking is just as important as training and mentoring for personal development and helps build a greater understanding of situations. Yet according to him few people in leadership roles takes them. In which case it is most definitely time for women to capitalise on their 'competitive' advantage!
 

ANRAH TRAINING:

‘Leadership and Gravitas for Teams’

This 2 day in house course is specifically designed for executive and leadership teams. It is designed to help bright, ambitious people achieve credibility and leadership authority to win respect so people gravitate towards them. Consequently the organisation gains from a robust and resilient successor pipeline of people with an influential personal brand of gravitas. This course is accredited by Growth Accelerator (Business Growth Service), a funding programme to give organisations up to £2,000 of matched funding for senior managers to undertake training to drive business growth. For more information, please email sarah@anrah.co.uk or call 07939 261743.

ANRAH OUT AND ABOUT: 

On 9th February at Aylesbury College to the Women’s Leadership Network, I delivered a talk on how to make presentations engaging and persuasive. The ladies were  interested to learn the ingredients that went into convincing an audience to take action to think, say and do what’s desired. They were particularly attracted to understand the unconscious influencers such as body language and its impact on others. Attendees were asked to identify and how to adapt the presentation style to persuade each of the individuals from BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ team most effectively to gain the chosen outcome. It showed how important it is to:
  • Know your outcome
  • Know your audience
  • Know and manage yourself
For more information about the Women Leadership Network visit:  http://www.aylesbury.ac.uk/news/college-hosts-womens-leadership-network-meeting
 
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Do you want coaching and training on developing:
  • credibility
  • gravitas
  • influence
  • increased reach
  • stakeholder buy-in
  • leadership authority
Please email me sarah@anrah.co.uk or call 07939 261743 to discuss your objectives for yourself or your leadership team and how I could help you achieve them.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah
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