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282: Overcoming Gender Bias and Workplace Breakthroughs

Business Podcast 282: Overcoming Gender Bias and Workplace Breakthroughs - Andie Kramer & Al Harris

Observing Gender Biases and Workplace Bias Issues While Teaching Necessary Breakthroughs with Andie and Al:

Authors of the popular book Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, married lawyers Andie Kramer and Al Harris have been mentoring women and speaking and writing about gender communication for more than 30 years.

This power couple brings a unique viewpoint to both women and men looking to navigate gender bias. They are frequent keynote speakers, and conduct workshops for multinational organizations to better understand the world of gender bias.

Today they’re helping us understand that the glass ceiling still exists and what we can do to keep moving forward while working together.

Advocates for Women in the Workplace. – Andie Kramer and Al Harris

Andie Kramer and Al Harris are married practicing lawyers. They have been mentoring women and speaking and writing about gender communication for more than 30 years. Andie and Al offer women unique, balanced, and highly practical advice they can use to prevent gender biases from slowing or derailing their careers.

Andie and Al also present arresting information and compelling examples for male audiences to make them aware of and sensitive to the gender biases that hold women back—even in the most well-intentioned organizations.

This power couple provides organizations—business and professional—with concrete, non- disruptive suggestions for workplace changes that will make women’s career opportunities more comparable to men’s.

Authors of the popular book Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, “Andie and Al” are frequent keynote speakers, and conduct workshops for multinational organizations to better understand the world of gender bias.

 

Top 3 Hot Points:

  1. Avoiding and overcoming gender bias.
  2. Eliminate discriminatory gender biases.
  3. Communication techniques for women to succeed.

 

 

On This Episode You Will Hear:

  • [00:30] Introduction
  • [11:50] You can be powerful, dressed any way you want to, you are perceived as powerful. It’s important that you’re comfortable in your own skin, but also in your own clothes. You got to find a way to both present yourself in the way you dress, the way you talk, and the way you gesture. All of those things are important for impression management.
  • [14:45] You want to get across a notion of, Don’t think about me as a woman, think about me as me, this is who I am. This is the kind of talent that I bring to this situation, the ambition that I have the capacity, the power, the accomplishments. So whether you’re a veterinarian, or a fighter pilot, or a, or a lawyer, or a or an Indian chief you want to be certain that people are viewing you and thinking about you as that, not just a woman.
  • [21:00] We refer to that is linear thinking for the guys, and all over the place for the women can be very effective.
  • [25:00] Part of that may also be the nature of the space that we’re in. It is very unusual to find men who are willing to speak, write, and be active in this diverse gender area that is so dominated by women.
  • [31:00] So regarding gender bias in workplaces, the Goldilocks dilemma is a big issue. We’ve got to change this manifesto about the Goldilocks dilemma to where we talk about what it is and the ways that it can be overcome.
  • [35:00] Let’s just take our profession, if you’re a beginning female associate in a law firm, the range of your behavior that’s going to help you advance your career is far more limited than the range of behavior that a senior woman partner has available to her.
  • [43:00] Final Words

Final Words:

Al Part 1: I would like to leave behind that men need to get involved in this issue. Men have too long left it to women, they’ve said that diversity is a women’s issue. Inclusion is a women’s issue, it’s not, it’s everybody’s issue. One thing that I’m trying to leave behind is the notion that men need to be more involved.

Andie Part 2: I would suggest that for women and men, perfection is overrated. If we strive for just perfection, we are never going to get to see or experience half of the world that is out there. We will be holding ourselves back. Perfection is overrated. Having a sense of humor can help us go a very long way in dealing with the stereotypes and the biases that we confront. This goes for whether we’re a man or a woman. Whether they’re in the workplace or in society.

 

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About the author, Scott

Host of the LIVETHEFUEL Podcast | Public Speaker | Sales & Marketing Professional | Coach | Traveler | Consultant | Health Educator | Former Firefighter

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