Friday, January 15, 2010

The Male Factor (giveaway)

I only spent about 5 years in "workplace america" before I started staying home to raise my growing family, and I worked in a predominantly female office structure for half that time. The office atmosphere changed when the company was bought out and restructured and there was an influx of new male employees.

At the time I really didn't give much credence to the simple fact that the atmosphere changed because of the difference in men's and women's views of the workplace.

Reading Shaunti Feldhahn's book, The Male Factor, shed a lot of light for me on differences in men and women's viewpoints on the workplace and how men view women and their actions. I appreciate the time and effort that she put into research, polls and personal interviews of men in the workplace across all types of companies, from the small business to the conglomerates. The book is NOT a male-bashing tool and isn't a book trying to shame women into being something they are not, it is simply stating the way the workplace is viewed by men and women differently.

I learned a lot about how men expect confidence, expect coworkers to go the extra mile, and equate complaining to a victim mentality that undermines their perception of the person's confidence level. I know the old adage about "statistics never lie, but liars use statistics"....but I also think that in well-structured studies (which it appears were used in writing this book), statistics are a good meter of public opinion.

If you are in a workplace, or have been, or hope to be someday, this book is a good resource to shed light on the difference between men and women and their attitudes toward work and each other.

Shaunti Feldhahn is a nationally syndicated columnist and the bestselling author of For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men and For Men Only, which together sold one million copies. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard, worked on Wall Street and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Buy it here.

I also have a copy to give away. If you are interested, leave a comment by next Friday, Jan 22 and I'll randomly select one winner.


kathy55439 said...

I have heard good things about this book....

Mama H said...

Sounds interesting, but being an elementary school teacher means that the only guy we have working with us this year is the PE teacher... poor thing! Do you have any books on understanding husbands who insist on waking up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday?? I could use some help with that!

cstironkat said...

I work in a male dominated field and I would love to win this.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book