Working Wounded Blog: Gender Bender

I predict that in the future,the lines between men and women are going to continue to blur. And that's a good thing; because we'll have to pay attention to the person and not just make assumptions based on his or her sex. But this will require more effort on all of our parts, because it takes time to figure out where someone is really coming from. Ultimately, looking past rigid, outdated sex stereotypes will allow us all more freedom to be who we were meant to be. That said, I still don't plan on picking up a copy of Men's Vogue anytime soon -- things for me can only blur so far.

Quote of the week:
"Read more novels and fewer business books." -- Tom Peters

Weekly book excerpt:
From "The Lessons of Experience" McCall, et. al. (Lexington, 1988)

"Hardships seem to startle managers into facing themselves, and coming to grips with their own fallibilities can be a turning point in their development. Some of the managers we studied realized their dependence on other people and gained a healthy respect for what others can contribute. Becoming more aware of their own shortcomings also gave some of the managers a heightened sense of compassion and tolerance for the foibles of others. Some realized they had stopped listening to people, soliciting their support or showing their gratitude. They learned that they couldn't take others for granted nor could they get along without them. Some turned that heightened sensitivity into management techniques, such as goal-setting procedures that give subordinates more of a say, or better ways to keep their bosses informed. Sometimes they got reacquainted with their family and revived their love."

Working Wounded Mailbag:

"My best and worst job is the same one I have been doing for the last 12 years. The only difference is the attitudes toward me of the person(s) I have had to report to."

Blog Ballot Results

Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNEWS.com online ballot:
How do you handle opinions at work that differ from yours?

       I've never had anyone disagree with my opinion, 1.3 percent
       I tune 'em out, 13.8 percent
       I hear 'em out, 84.7 percent

Bob Rosner is a best-selling author, an internationally syndicated columnist, popular speaker and a recent addition to the community of bloggers. He welcomes your comments at bob@workingwounded.com.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

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