The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace  -     By: Shaunti Feldhahn
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The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace

Random House / 2009 / Hardcover

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Women---here's an eye-opening look at what's going on in the minds and hearts of your male colleagues and clients! Claiming that women unintentionally sabotage their careers because they don't understand their male co-workers, Feldhahn shows you why men want to be respected instead of liked, how they collaborate differently than women, and more. 304 pages, hardcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601421206
ISBN-13: 9781601421203
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Publisher's Description

Millions of women gained eye-opening insights about the inner lives of men through Shaunti Feldhahn’s best-selling book For Women Only. Now with this faith-based edition of The Male Factor, Feldhahn brings her innovative research approach to the workplace to help women understand their male colleagues. In this Christian edition, Feldhahn speaks directly to the interests and questions of women of faith, whether their workplace is a part-time ministry or a Fortune 500 corporation. This version of The Male Factor also delivers invaluable advice from senior Christian women who have broad experience in dealing with these questions, understand and share the reader’s values, and want to help other women achieve the best possible work relationships.
Even women who have navigated male-dominated work environments for years have expressed surprise at the revelations in this book. Some readers may find them challenging. Yet The Male Factor delivers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for women to understand how male bosses, colleagues, subordinates, customers and ministry partners privately think, and why they react the way they do. These vital insights enable each woman to make informed decisions in her unique workplace situation.

Author Bio

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.

Shaunti Feldhahn is an accomplished woman: she has a degree from Harvard; she has held high-profile analysis positions in both the public and the private sectors; and recently she has been taking her considerable research skills and applying them to how different genders relate to one another. Her most recent book, The Male Factor, is a study of how men and women approach the workplace. Written primarily for women, Feldhahn seeks to understand the unspoken honor code of men in the business world and then help women understand how to thrive within that culture. Although The Male Factor starts to feel repetitive and wordy at points, it is a book that is worth taking the time to read.

Feldhahn has written The Male Factor because she believes that women often sabotage themselves in the workplace without even knowing it. She begins this discussion by giving her readers a primer on how men's brains and women's brains are engineered differently. Simply put, men prefer to compartmentalize and focus to accomplish what they need to get done. Women, on the other hand, are multitaskers. This is a very helpful insight, because much of her research leads her to believe that the male-dominated business culture is very much about differentiation.

For instance, Feldhahn devotes one whole chapter to the phrase, "It's not personal, it's business." In this chapter and subsequent chapters, she shares how her research reveals that the business culture demands that people are able to separate their personal world and their work world. Most men approach the business world and their personal world with different values and attitudes in each. Many guys become frustrated when women or other men attempt to bring their personal lives into their workplace. It is also important, Feldhahn argues, to not take business personally within this culture. She shares the story of a man who hired and then fired a friend that worked for him, and the men and their families were still close and went on vacations together. They were able to differentiate the work world and the personal world (pp. 46-47).

Other chapters continue along similar themes. The author coaches women that men in the business world hope that men and women can work together in a way where they can work rationally and strategically instead of being overcome by emotion. Much of the insights are helpful, but I can't help but wonder if it isn't simply common sense.

Overall, The Male Factor is intended to teach and instruct people about how workplaces function and how to thrive in that environment. Feldhahn does a nice job in describing the business culture, and I would recommend the book for a woman seeking to break through the "glass ceiling." However, I think either Feldhahn and/or the publisher should have done a better job in acknowledging that many people do not have workplaces planted in this corporate culture, and that this book will be less helpful outside of these types of work settings. I think there are several kinds of work worlds (schools and classrooms, social work environments, churches, etc.) which have a more egalitarian or even feminine work style. This book may not be as helpful for persons in those contexts. However, The Male Factor is a thought-provoking, smart read, with Feldhahn's insights backed by her stellar research. The book is worth picking up and looking at, even if you find yourself having to skim through parts of it instead of reading the whole book word for word. – Clint Walker,

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The Male Factor

"For women who are beginners in the marketplace, as well as for veterans, it is important to understand how men are wired. The Male Factor sheds light on many of the situations in which I have found myself while working in government. I intend to recommend this book at every conference at which I speak. It will change the way people in business think, act, and accomplish their goals."
—Dr. Cheryl Hill, faith-based outreach coordinator for the governor of Maryland

"After reading Shaunti’s newest page-turner, I am thrilled for women and men in the workplace to start a dialogue about the fascinating insights and well-researched findings unveiled in The Male Factor. This book is full of practical recommendations for women seeking to maximize their impact in a workplace full of male counterparts and is a must-read for women in leadership. If you’ve ever interacted with a male colleague, boss, or employee, and wondered, ’Why did he respond that way?’ this book will provide the answers."
—Yvette Maher, vice president of Focus on the Family

"Communication is the mortar that binds humanity together. With great diligence, Shaunti Feldhahn explores where interactions between men and women often break down and weaken their collective efforts. Whether you are are working from a high-rise office or the cab of a ranch truck, The Male Factor will prove valuable for all women who seek to enhance their interpersonal communication skills and build a stronger foundation within their working community."
—Kim Meeder, founder of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, inspirational speaker, and author of Bridge Called Hope and Hope Rising

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 18, 2010
    Lynne Snow
    Being a woman, working in a male dominated industry, has had many challenges. Reading this book definately has benefitted me - helping me understand my counter-parts. a 'must have' for all women!
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 16, 2010
    As a woman living in a house full of men, husband and 5 sons, and just entering the workforce for the first time in 20 years, I was completely enthralled by this book. Shaunti Feldhahn definitely gets into the male psyche and reveals things that all women need to know, especially women in the workforce today. Its an eye opening, thought provoking read that really makes you think twice about the male/female relationship in the public work place today.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 15, 2010
    If you are looking for a well researched, well presented, well documented book that shows what the male gender is doing in the workplace, this is the book for you!! Understanding Your Male Colleague for Dummies, if there is such a book, wouldn't be this extensive or exhaustive. A book of this magnitude could only be tackled by Feldhahn, author of For Women Only. She understands the male mind and makes it possible for the female reader to do so also. While I believe research can be slanted and flawed, it is in the readers best interest to remember that going to the source-in this case, men-is the best way to get the most productive answer. I believe Feldhahn's research is neither slanted or flawed and is very telling for both men and women. As a reviewer, I realize it is taboo to interject "I love this book" at any point, yet my enthusiasm prohibits me from saying anything but. I love being a stay at home mom but wished Feldhahn could have released this years ago so that I could have put the research to good use. However, this is useful information for anyone wanting to understand workplace politics better. It's a winner! And yes, taboo or not, I love this book
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 15, 2010
    What a great resource for all women to have. This book will help all women understand how male bosses, colleagues, subordinates and customers privately think, and why they react the way they do. A great book you will enjoy as you gain some eye-opening insights about the inner lives of men.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 15, 2010
    This is the key to the "boy's network" that you've been looking for. Through scientific research and real-life examples, Ms. Feldhahn walks through the mind of a working male. Notice the qualifier. One of the keys is that a male is able to compartmentalize. When he's a work, he's in his work mode and while the core beliefs and personality may be the same he's "working" and when he says, "It's not personal, it's business" that's exactly what he means.The seven years that Shaunti Feldhahn took to put this book together shows with every chapter. If you are female and you work or volunteer with male co-workers, get this book. It doesn't matter what size company or whether it is profit, non-profit, secular or ministry. This book is unbelievable.As this is an expanded edition for Christian believers, it will give you that edge you require without compromising your beliefs.
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