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The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace Kindle Edition

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Praise for The Male Factor

"The Male Factor is the singularly best business book for women I've read in years.  This well-researched yet thoroughly readable book is rich with rare insights into how men really see women in the workplace -- and how with a few simple adjustments you can even the playing field."  

--Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and See Jane Lead     

“Many times in my career I've been the only female in a meeting or holding a seat on the executive team, and I felt I needed a translator - either to understand my male colleagues or to make sure they understood me. The Male Factor provides that translation. We no longer have to guess at what "makes men tick" in the workplace. Shaunti Feldhahn asked them, and amazingly, they told her!”

--Stacie Hagan
, Chief People Officer at Earthlink, Inc.

“Smart, effective communication is what makes for successful leadership and productive workplaces.  The Male Factor sheds light on how subtle and not so subtle gender communication differences can thwart a woman’s rise in the workplace. Even minor shifts in communication approach can help women navigate and break through that invisible barrier. There is something here for every woman, no matter where you are in your career.”  

-- Linda Sawyer, CEO, Deutsch Inc.

About the Author

SHAUNTI FELDHAHN is the best-selling author of For Women Only:What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men and For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women. Her books have sold two million copies and have been translated into fifteen different languages. A longtime nationally sydicated columnist, she holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University, has worked on Wall Street, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; First American Edition edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W8QXH2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author and Speaker: SHAUNTI FELDHAHN

Contact for Speaking Engagements: Naomi Duncan at or 615-300-4837

Shaunti received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher and best-selling author.

Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. Her groundbreaking research-based books, such as For Women Only, have sold more than 2 million copies in 22 languages and are widely read in homes, counseling centers and corporations worldwide.

Where the "Only" series revealed the often-unseen needs of men and women, her multi-year research project, published in The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages, investigates the process of what makes great relationships.

On May 6th her newest book The Good News About Marriage will be released. This research centers around the good news about marriage, debunking the grim facts we've heard for so long about marriage and divorce: Half of all marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate inside the church is the same as outside. And, most marriages are just holding on. But what if these "facts" are actually myths? In The Good News About Marriage, Shaunti Feldhahn presents groundbreaking research that reveals the shocking, incredibly inspiring truth:

* The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent.
* Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don't.
* Most marriages are happy.
* Simple changes make a big difference in most marriage problems.
* Most remarriages succeed.

Shaunti's findings have been featured in media as diverse as The Today Show and Focus on the Family, The New York Times and MomLife Today. Shaunti, Jeff and their two children live in Atlanta and enjoy every minute of living life at warp speed.

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By Eden on January 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found The Male Factor to be an interesting read. As a stay at home mom who has never worked in a mostly male environment, I can't relate to the business aspect. However, I gleaned quite a bit from this book that I can apply to my marriage and in many respects to my personal interactions with men I know from church, etc.

According to Feldhahn, there are quite a few rules that men seem to know automatically, but women seem to think quite the opposite. In the business world, this difference of clashing styles, thoughts, opinions, actions, and even how a woman might dress, can destroy a woman's career. And I don't mean just any woman; I mean a woman who is intelligent and knows her stuff.

One of the areas that men see as a problem, is the fact that we as women tend to take things to personally. For example, if your boss is conducting a performance review and some of the review is perceived as negative. The majority of women would feel that it is a personal attack on their person. That their boss doesn't like them, etc. As a result, the woman will get all bent out of shape; possibly cry and even hold a grudge. The boss, if he's male, will be wondering what the big deal is. Perhaps, she didn't meet a deadline and therefore he is requesting that she pick up her speed, etc. He's not attacking her as a person, he's simply pointing out areas she could improve in that would improve the business.

As a Christian, I am thankful that Feldhahn included Biblical principles along the way; and the importance of putting Christ first.

I'd definitely recommend this to women who are entering the business world to women who simply want to learn how to get along better with men. I'd even recommend it for men, because Feldhahn gives some insight on what a woman is thinking in the different situations and these could be beneficial for a man to learn as well. Both men and women have plenty to learn about each other.
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Format: Hardcover
What working woman wouldn't want a free pass inside her male colleagues' head and figure out just "what was he thinking?" While being transported inside a man's brain is unrealistic, The Male Factor accomplishes the next best thing. Based on seven years worth of extensive research pulling results from confidential interviews with thousands of men, this book is a valuable tool for understanding and navigating the workplace rules from a man's perspective. Exploring a topic that lends itself to sensationalism and tabloidesque drama, the depth and integrity of the research is vital to substantiating its credibility and foundational to it being taken seriously. It validates the observations in the book as reliable and the genuine response of real men in real situations.

What is commendable about The Male Factor is that spells out up front that it is not intended to throw a universal blanket statement that relegates all men into a one size fits all standard fabric. It takes into account a man's individuality and admits that not everyone fits the mold. Likewise, each reader can expect to apply the concepts as it relates to her experience and situation. The goal is to present the evidence necessary to make informed decisions by examining the working world through male-coloured lenses. The book does not just dispense facts and findings and leave you hanging. It is informative and useful, offering alternatives and suggestions on what women can do to get themselves on the same side of the fence as their male counterparts. It establishes common ground by not only communicating the "why" but also the "how."

The Male Factor is subtitled, "the groundbreaking research that reveals what every woman should know". I would agree with that claim.
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The fact that this book is based on research, interviews, and thoughtful analysis is great. I would not have bothered with it otherwise. I found some of her insights useful, and some of her nearly blind acceptance of what the men she interviewed and surveyed said, that gullibility, humorous. I also wonder about the men she surveyed. Maybe I have been lucky to have met a disproportionate number of intelligent, insightful ones. This book does give good advice on how to deal with the other kind.

The idea that, according to her research, men cannot think and feel at the same time and so assume that if a woman shows any emotion at work, she must have turned her brain off, is a useful point of view when dealing with some men. She gives good advice for what to do in the situation where a woman's ideas are being dismissed as being illogical because she is also excited, angry, worried, etc.. Her advice would also be useful for situations where a woman presents a new, unusual way to solve a problem and is assumed to not understand the situation. Give your premise, even if you think it is obvious, even if it won't fit in bullet points.

She also seems to think women "take everything personally" but men do not. Men have feelings, particularly about their work. She seems to think men are not deeply hurt when they lose a job or do not feel anguish when they have to let workers go. There is a difference between not having feelings and not putting them in charge.

What I worry about is that she seems to accept a belief that women are all walking pots of overflowing emotion at work while most men walk around with only cold rationality behind their actions. It is hard to see how a woman who has had experience in business could believe that.
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