15 January 2010

Book Review: The Male Factor

I happened on Shaunti Feldhahn’s book For Women Only a couple of years ago. I wasn’t in the market for a book on relationships or how the male mind works. But the book offered some excellent perspectives and some eye-opening insights about why men do what they do; and how the women who love them must respond and behave. I have recommended it to many of my women clients and workshop participants. So, I was excited to read Feldhahn’s newest work, The Male Factor. This book looks at the inner workings of men in the workplace from a Christian perspective.

There is already the proverbial glass ceiling when it comes to women in the workplace. Not only do women have to navigate their way through the job market, but also when they get the job they must navigate a different kind of ship. Trying to figure out how to behave around male colleagues, bosses and customers doesn’t leave much room for doing a good job, let alone being her best.

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, some of the issues we learn about are men’s unwritten “rules” of the workplace; how men perceive workplace emotion; and why revealing clothing can sabotage a woman’s effectiveness in the workplace.

“Never before has an author gotten inside the hearts and minds of men in the workplace – from CEO’s to non-profit managers, from lawyers to factory workers – to discover what they commonly think about women on the job, what their expected “rules” of the workplace are, what “managing emotion” means, and what factors improve or harm a man’s respect for a female co-worker.” ~ From the inside book jacket

The Male Factor equips women with the information they need to make informed decisions and compete on a level playing field.

Email me at bwpwithcarolyn{at}gmail.com and share a story of why this book would be helpful to you and have a chance to win a free copy of The Male Factor.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. To purchase a copy, please visit the Random House website.

Coach Carolyn

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