Saturday, 12 December 2009

Career tips?

A friend has sent a "Dr.Job" column of German women's magazine PETRA to me, where a reader asks, "why does nobody listen to me at work meetings?"
The answer reads as follows: "Most likely this has to do with three classical misunderstandings that happen when women and men are in a meeting together: 1. Women talk too early. 2. Women address themselves to everyone, instead of talking to the boss only. 3. Women are too polite."

Without the slightest hint of irony, "Dr.Job" subsequently elaborates on the need to never avert your obedient eyes from your superior's face, to ignore any interruptions that may come from colleagues, and to have others speak first so that you can study your boss's reactions and adjust your speech accordingly.

I am not sure this has anything to do with gender - to me it just sounds like a military-style corporate culture. Not sure this is what will prompt the kind of creative thinking we need to save the world...