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nder n Ge catio uni om m C i n th e Work P la c e BY SHAWN ANDREWS People do things that make sense to them. Both men and women are trying to do the right thing, but by different sets of rules. It is not about right or wrong, good or bad, or Mars versus Venus. It is simply about difference. We also see gender differences in both emotional intelligence and leadership styles between men and women, which can have a profound impact on one’s career advancement. By having an awareness of these differences in the workplace and understanding the intent of the other gender, it can make a significant impact on your success as a trainer, as well as your organization’s ability to manage the talent inherent in its employees. GENDER DIFFERENCES Men and women live in different cultures. It starts at birth and carries into adulthood. In her bestselling book, “Hardball for Women,” Pat Heim outlined the different rules that men and women play by, and noted some key differences between the genders. Let’s take a look at how children play. Boys play games centered around conflict and competition (think GI Joe, cops and robbers, or any sport). In these games, boys learn how to win and lose, get to a goal, take risks, and play with people they do not like. In contrast, girls play games centered around relationships and getting along with no conflict (think tea parties, dolls, or jumping rope). In these games, girls learn how to negotiate, avoid conflict, and do what is fair for all with an even distribution of power. BOTH MEN AND WOMEN ARE TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING, BUT BY DIFFERENT SETS OF RULES As adults, we carry these lessons into the workplace in the way we work within a structure, the way we hold meetings, the way we work in teams, the way we talk, and even in the way that we lead others. First, Training Industry Quarterly, Summer 2013 / A Training Industry, Inc. magazine / 31

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Training Industry Quarterly - Summer 2013
From Where I Sit: Talent Management: An Emerging Business Strategy
Table of Contents
Ad Index
Guest Editor: Lessons from Shakespeare
Beyond Training
Dealing with Trust Issues
Younger Boss, Older Worker
Four Skills Needed in the Future Workplace
Survive & Thrive with Performance Support
How to Optimize Behavior Change for Business Impact
Addressing the Skilled Trade Crisis
Cultural Differences in Training
Gender Communication in the Workplace
Meeting the Needs of Gen Y Learners
A Leaders 'Crashless' Course: Helping Employees Drive Career Development
DeVry: Growing Talent with Blended Learning Solutions
Live Face-to-Face Training Still Leads the Way
Tweet Suite
Company News

Training Industry Quarterly - Summer 2013