By Rhonda Chaney, www.MidLifeCafe.com. Throughout my professional life I’ve been asked about my experiences working “in a man’s world”. Fact is, I like it.
I can only think of one story that typifies the chauvinistic male attitude women a generation before me probably experienced daily. At the time, I managed a national sales force of representatives. I was young – a recent graduate of UCLA – and had only worked in the company about six months prior to the promotion. Out of almost 200 reps, one was fixed on destroying my credibility. I fired him. Problem solved.
Yes, my male counterparts have tested me, but I don’t feel it’s because I’m a woman. I think any savvy businessman will test the waters prior to doing business with someone. I don’t take it personally – and never relied on the “I’m a woman” excuse. Only the small-minded consider the sex of a person a factor. Like different skin colors, ethnic backgrounds and upbringing – sex is a matter of fact, but not in predicting success.
I’ll admit, there are times when I wonder how the male brain functions – and I know that’s a mutualquestion mark. But while our differences are a source of amusement, I also feel they can be complimentary, resulting in big successes. To be even more transparent… I usually enjoy working with men more than I do women.
Women are wonderful in many ways, however in the workplace women can be petty, manipulative, two-faced, gossipy and unnecessarily competitive. I appreciate that men can participate in a heated debate, and then go out for a beer together. (Women can carry a grudge for years!) I think it’s more productive to debate an issue, work together to find a good solution, and not worry about hurting feelings in the process. Men are masters at that.
Since we women have made so much “progress” in climbing the ladder, I predict the dynamics of business will change. Brace yourself.
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