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CAUTION: Men and Women
       at Work
 Dr Karen Moloney and Dr Elizabeth Heale...
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Blame biology

• Reluctance to admit difference
• Sex?
• Gender?



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There are two genders…                   MOLONEY
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          Generalise, ...
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Conception                              MINDS




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Our Genetic Inheritance                                    MINDS




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Crucial Role of Hormones                MINDS




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Testosterone                                        MINDS




      • At 8 weeks the brain appears to take
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1 Who’s better at...
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21 Who’s more...
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                MINE IS BETTER THAN YOURS




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          YOURS IS BETTER THAN MINE




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Unlikely male/male                      MOLONEY
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Male and female worlds:                                MINDS
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Women should      MOLONEY
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•Confidence problem? Talk a...
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Female organisations                                                      MINDS

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CAUTION: MEN AND                                 MOLONEY
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Excessive systematising                      MOLONEY
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or empathising

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Moving from decision to                     MINDS
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           Mind how yes                “Yes/No”
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   Direct/indirect speech                                    MINDS


  Do not judge
  different styles
Try to read...
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Winning and losing                                  MINDS


“Which ones
would you
like?”
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Focus/diffusion?                                       MINDS

“Why are you always
changing the subject?”

“It’s my...
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Tolerance of difference                 MINDS




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This is a hilarious workshop for men and women who need to understand each other better at work. It builds on the latest neurological research into sex differences and is presented by Dr Elizabeth Healey, a human neurophysiologist, science broadcaster and actress and Dr Karen Moloney, a business psychologist and leadership development specialist.

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  1. 1. MOLONEY MINDS Ltd CAUTION: Men and Women at Work Dr Karen Moloney and Dr Elizabeth Healey Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  2. 2. MOLONEY MINDS Blame biology • Reluctance to admit difference • Sex? • Gender? Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  3. 3. There are two genders… MOLONEY MINDS Generalise, but don’t stereotype Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  4. 4. MOLONEY MINDS NEUROLOGICAL DIFFERENCES Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  5. 5. MOLONEY Conception MINDS Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  6. 6. MOLONEY Our Genetic Inheritance MINDS MOTHER FATHER XX XY Mother gives X Father gives either X or Y Chromosome via the egg chromosome via the sperm If father gives Y + mother’s X = BABY BOY If father gives X + mother’s X = BABY GIRL Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  7. 7. MOLONEY Crucial Role of Hormones MINDS Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  8. 8. MOLONEY Testosterone MINDS • At 8 weeks the brain appears to take on a MALE or FEMALE pattern • Whatever the genetic makeup of the embryo, it will only develop as male if male hormones are PRESENT, and will only develop as female if male hormone is ABSENT Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  9. 9. MOLONEY Hormones and Behaviour MINDS ‘The more male hormone the foetus is exposed to the more the adult will be male in behaviour. The less amount of male hormone, the more feminine the adult behaviour’ Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  10. 10. MOLONEY Anatomical Differences MINDS RIGHT LEFT HEMISHPERE HEMISPHERE Controls LEFT Control RIGHT side of body side of body Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  11. 11. MOLONEY MINDS LEFT HEMISPHERE RIGHT HEMISPHERE verbal visual linguisti spatial c details overall picture practical abstract Orderly Shapes sequences and patterns Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770 Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  12. 12. MOLONEY Neurological differences MINDS Corpus Callosum CORPUS CALLOSUM Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  13. 13. MOLONEY MINDS Ltd Female brain function Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  14. 14. MOLONEY MINDS Ltd Male brain function Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  15. 15. QUICK QUIZ MOLONEY MINDS 1 Who’s better at solving geometric puzzles? 2 Who’s better at long term planning? 3 Who’s more sensitive to pain? 4 Who’s better at abstract mathematical problems? 5 Which gender speaks more fluently? 6 Which tender takes higher risks? 7 Which gender sees better in the dark? 8 Who’s a better judge of character? 9 Which gender talks more? 10 Which gender sings more in tune? Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  16. 16. QUICK QUIZ MOLONEY MINDS 11 Who’s better at reading maps? 12 Who’s better at learning foreign languages? 13 Which gender interrupts the other more? 14 Which gender speaks more directly? 15 Who’s better at natural sciences? 16 Who’s better at understanding mathematical concepts? 17 Who’s faster at mathematical computation? 18 Who’s better at hitting a target? 19 Who has a better spatial location memory? 20 Who’s more assertive? Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  17. 17. QUICK QUIZ MOLONEY MINDS 21 Who’s more helpful? 22 Who smiles more? 23 Who fidgets more? 24 Who stammers more? 25 Whose spelling is better? 26 Who’s more likely to abuse substances? 27 Who’s more likely to suffer from depression? 28 Who’s more likely to suffer from sexual dysfunction? 29 Who keeps a greater physical distance when talking to you? 30 Who’s more likely to suffer anxiety? 31 Who’s more conforming? 32 Who has finer eye-hand coordination? Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  18. 18. MOLONEY Measured Behaviour MINDS MEN… WOMEN… •Want to win •Want to engage •Deal with one issue at •Deal with several a time, think linearly issues at once, switch topics easily •Forge ahead •Need to justify •Look for gaps, conflict and weaknesses •Look for areas of agreement •Usually want to get straight to the point •Usually explore every detail before concluding •Deal with stress by fight or flight then •Deal with stress by remove themselves to sharing and validating focus on a solution with others Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  19. 19. MOLONEY Other Behaviour MINDS MEN… WOMEN… •Look at things through •Look at things through binoculars a kaleidoscope •Remember isolated •Remember incidents and facts connections and patterns •Move from problem to solution to action •Juggle possible solutions, explore all •Find it difficult to filter angles out background noise •Can listen to several •Separate emotionality noises at once from rationality •Take things more •Don’t verbalise emotion personally easily •Verbalise emotions Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770 easily
  20. 20. Male and female worlds: MOLONEY MINDS a psycholinguist's view Prof. Deborah Tannen Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  21. 21. MOLONEY Communication differences MINDS MEN… WOMEN •Talk more in mixed •Ask more questions company •Seek opinion more •Interrupt in a way that's •Give more praise seen as dominating •Say thank you more •Appear more certain •Apologise more •Boast more •Soften criticism more •Use opposition and debate more •Complain more •Use more direct than •Down play their indirect speech authority •Allow themselves to be interrupted more Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  22. 22. Male and female worlds: MOLONEY MINDS a social anthropologist's view In same sex company, men and women engage in conversational rituals designed to establish relative positioning and help bonding Kate Fox Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  23. 23. Typical male/male MOLONEY MINDS interaction… Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  24. 24. MOLONEY MINDS MINE IS BETTER THAN YOURS Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  25. 25. Typical female/female MOLONEY MINDS interaction… Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  26. 26. MOLONEY MINDS YOURS IS BETTER THAN MINE Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  27. 27. Unlikely male/male MOLONEY MINDS interaction… Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  28. 28. Unlikely female/female MOLONEY MINDS interaction… Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  29. 29. MOLONEY Male and female worlds: MINDS a psychologist's view The male brain is predominantly hardwired for understanding and building systems. The female brain is predominantly hardwired for empathy. Prof Simon Baron-Cohen Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  30. 30. Women should MOLONEY What's to be done? become like men MINDS •Confidence problem? Talk about your achievements more •Visibility problem? Get out more, speak up in large groups, make connections with senior influencers •People steal your ideas in meetings? Challenge them openly, claim ownership •Not competitive or ambitious enough? You need to compete with your peers Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  31. 31. MOLONEY Female organisations MINDS Focus on relationships rather than results Lots of meetings of different types and lengths Large decision making team Published set of values Frequent discussions about purpose and ethos of organisation Holistic approach to organisational design Vision and goals not necessarily materially-based Lots of ideas and possibilities Connections with different industries Less competition more cooperation Pace of innovation slower and more cautious Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  32. 32. MOLONEY Female organisations MINDS Sharing and dialogue preferred over debate Comfortable with ambiguity and paradox High on experimentation, low on risk High on individual and team learning Leadership shared and determined by suitability for project, not status Coaches rather than bosses No corporate uniform Large phone bill Frequent thank you’s. from Itzin, C., The Gender Culture in Organisational Change, Routledge 1995 Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  33. 33. MOLONEY Male organisations MINDS Atmosphere buzzing and busy with action Concern with profit and bottom-line Emphasis on results and pay-back Focus on structuring and restructuring Strong individuals and small teams run the business and make the decisions Decision-making rarely shared Breakdowns into functions and regions Profit and cost centre mentality Internal competition Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  34. 34. MOLONEY Male organisations MINDS Performance league tables Emphasis on measuring the past Knowledge is power and not shared Unconcerned with people’s feelings Seek one right answer and quick solutions Take big risks Less emphasis on learning as a group, more on performing as individuals Salaries competitive, especially at the top. Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  35. 35. CAUTION: MEN AND MOLONEY MINDS WOMEN AT WORK Main risks for the business: 1. Excessive systematising/empathising 2. Moving too fast or too slowly from decision to action 3. Speaking too directly or indirectly 4. Understanding workplace as a competitive game to be won or lost 5. Maintaining focus or exploring alternatives Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  36. 36. 1. Excessive systematising or MOLONEY MINDS empathising “Are we talking about the same meeting?” Do not become exasperated by each others' different focus Pay attention to how things work and the people that work them Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  37. 37. Excessive systematising MOLONEY MINDS or empathising “That was awful” Take criticism personally, but not too personally Give criticism sensitively, but not too sensitively Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  38. 38. MOLONEY Moving from decision to MINDS action Mind how yes “Yes/No” and no might be interpreted Check with the other gender before proceeding Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  39. 39. MOLONEY Direct/indirect speech MINDS Do not judge different styles Try to read between the lines or ask for clarification Be clear “Would you like to take a break?” Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  40. 40. MOLONEY Winning and losing MINDS “Which ones would you like?” (Not an invitation to decide alone) Recognise and For some, respect its not a collaborative game cooperative style Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  41. 41. MOLONEY Focus/diffusion? MINDS “Why are you always changing the subject?” “It’s my corpus callosum” Welcome Come to the verbalisation point Invite diffusion and related thinking Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770
  42. 42. MOLONEY Tolerance of difference MINDS Moloney Minds Ltd 00 44 208 374 8770

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