Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. It’s true hahahaha. I took a class on management communication and learned a few things. BTW, I encourage everyone to take a communications class. All executives get some sort of training, so might as well start now and perfect it over time. Now about communication differences in the workplace. I’m going to list five characteristics and you guess which one applies to men or women. Remember, these are typical traits and may not be true for every man or every woman.
1. competition vs cooperation
2. asking for help vs not asking for help
3. details vs big picture
4. rapport vs invasion
5. empathy vs solutions
Alright, here are the answers: 1) competition=men, cooperation=women, 2) asking for help=women, not asking for help=men, 3) details=women, big picture=men, 4) rapport=women, invasion=men, 5) empathy=women, solutions=men. So what does all of this means. Well, the first one is how men and women typically interact with one another. The second one is pretty straight forward. The third one is how men and women tackle issues. The fourth one is not so straight forward. Basically, women like to build rapport with others whereas men consider building rapport sometimes as being invasive. The last one is how men and women respond to hearing other people’s problems. The takeaway here is leverage the typical men and women traits when you see fit, but most importantly understand the differences.