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Men, Women and the Power Difference

Despite laws and education to the contrary, men and women bring different but complementary talents to the workplace. They also bring different biases and perspectives such as those toward power. Noah Goldstein (University of California, Los Angeles) and Nicholas Hays (New York University) conducted two experiments investigating what is called “illusory power transference.” Just as […]

Objective Value, Experts as Masters of Illusions

Often, when unsure about value, we defer to experts. Experts are often leaders, so they bring leadership’s dark side with them: followers allowing leaders to do the thinking for them. Thus, experts will often set anchor to the value and price of things in our minds without us even trying to establish them for ourselves. […]

Beauty as Power (Pt 6): Sexual Business Strategy

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Beauty as PowerHow we feel about others’ attractiveness influences us. Businesses create sophisticated marketing, advertising and branding strategies often tapping into the sexual energy this attractiveness creates. Yes, we generally know this, but to what depths do we? For example, imagine walking by a storefront […]

Leadership Lesson from Wobbly Furniture

The relentless advance of technology and research methodologies is accelerating our understanding of ourselves and constricting the domain of free will (more). The article, “Tall, Dark and Stable” (The Economist, July 14,2012 edition), reports the work of David Kille, Amanda Forest and Joanne Wood (University of Waterloo) finding that “the stability of chairs and tables […]

Entering the Golden Age of Women in Business

If you have a son and a daughter both under college age, odds are greater that she will become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. As I was writing my book, The Feminine Influence in Business (more), in 2003 and 2004, I made this prediction to friends: Within the next generation or two, more women […]

Star Wars, Women & The Good Guys

If you examine the two opposing sides in the Star Wars Epic, The Empire (Bad Guys) and The Rebels (Good Guys), there are two major contrasts: There are no women on the bad side. The good side has diverse characters, the bad side doesn’t Upon contemplation, Point #1 is easy to see. Point #2 is […]

Emotional Self-defense for Sensitive People (Pt 7): Team Intelligence

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Emotional Self-defense for Sensitive People

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Emotional Self-defense for Sensitive PeopleSensitive people (SP) can increase team intelligence in very much the same way mortar makes brick and stone walls stronger. Since diverse teams tend to be more creative and intelligent than homogeneous ones, SP will often provide the relational glue keeping […]

Beauty as Power (Pt 3): Appreciation

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Beauty as PowerMy Beauty as Power posts have generated emails regarding teaching what beauty is. Unfortunately, even though beauty is extremely subjective, we’re often taught it in a “one size fits all” perspective. Consequently, we often confuse beauty with popularity. Tossing that aside for the […]

Instinct versus Intuition

Frequently, I’m asked about the difference between instinct and intuition. The question is difficult because everyday conversation has a gender bias. Men tend to prefer the word “instinct” over “intuition” to describe their emotional processes while women tend to prefer the reverse. So, listening skills are important. Analogously, instinct is to intuition what an accented […]