Friday, January 15, 2010

The Male Factor - a review

I know what you're thinking: What is Jonathan doing reviewing a book that was written to women who work in a male dominated workplace? That's a great question. I don't have a great answer.

What I do know is that I've been a fan of Shaunti Feldhahn since I heard her speak at Northpoint Community Church. Her previous books have been helpful to both Liz and me. So I thought I'd give this one a try.

While being a bit long (I'm a fan these days of shorter books), this is a book that's worth reading... especially for working women. Here's a synopsis:

Many talented women today risk undermining their careers without realizing it, simply because they don’t understand how they are perceived by their male colleagues and customers. In The Male Factor, Shaunti Feldhahn reveals the inner reality behind men’s views — the unspoken expectations that no man would dare to publicly acknowledge, and no woman would learn from an HR department. These revelations include:

• Men’s unwritten ‘rules’ of the workplace
• How men perceive workplace emotion
• What common situations with female colleagues most frustrate men-- and why
• Why revealing clothing can sabotage a woman’s effectiveness
• Why some men think flextime is fine, but equal compensation for it is not

The Male Factor equips women with the information they need to make informed decisions and compete on a level playing field, which is important to me since I'm married to a wonderful working woman.

I was privileged to get a copy to give away on this blog. That's going out to Melanie Creel (I've been meaning to give it to her for weeks, but keep forgetting).

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


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