Have you ever looked at your co-workers and wondered, “What are they thinking?”
Well, a new book may just shed some light.
John Gray, author of the best-selling “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” and Barbara Annis, an expert on gender issues in the workplace, teamed up to write ”Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business.” Their goal? Teach all of us about the gender differences that can lead to misunderstandings on the job.
In spite of company quotas and initiatives to create greater gender equality in the workplace, relations between men and women remain tricky (see: male executives who refuse to mentor younger women because of “how it might look”).
Gray and Annis use personal stories, science and the findings from more than 100,000 interviews to narrow down the key pain points—and suggest solutions that could help break down communication barriers. So LearnVest spoke with the duo to dig deeper into how “gender blind spots” could hinder your career climb.
LearnVest: What inspired you to collaborate on this book?
John Gray: I’ve been teaching about gender differences in the home for over 30 years. But, nowadays, people spend most of their lives in the workplace—and that’s where we need to look at the effects of gender differences the most.
Barbara Annis: I’ve been working on gender intelligence for almost 30 years too, although my previous books were very business-focused. So even though John and I are on separate tracks, this book was a nice way to bring our expertise together.
So what are gender blind spots, anyway?
Annis: They are the things we don’t actually know that we don’t know. It’s like when you’re driving a car, and you have blind spots—that’s why we have to use mirrors and turn our heads.
Gray: Men don’t see certain things about women, and women don’t see certain things about men.