You don’t always need to be a boss.
A person’s gender doesn’t always dictate their style of doing business. In any workplace or business, you will come across women who do business more like a man, and men who function from a woman’s way of doing business.
This is not about judging people. It is about having more awareness so you can make clearer choices and have greater ease and joy in business. If you are aware of how someone functions, then you could use this information to your advantage, whether writing a business proposal, negotiating a deal or in a board meeting.
So what are the signs that indicate whether you are doing business like a man or a woman? Let’s take a look.
Do you like to get down to brass tacks?
People often tell me that in business my approach is pretty direct. At meetings, I like to get straight to the point. I want to know the salient information and whether we can do something or not. That’s a man’s way of doing business. Usually, men will get down to brass tacks, give and receive information, and make rapid decisions. It can be seen as a more confrontational and forceful method of doing business.
But that doesn’t mean I give orders and expect the people I work with just to do as they are told. That only creates blind followers. I desire to be a leader in business and I am willing to ask questions of everyone I work with and allow their capacities to show up. You don’t hire people because they have the same awareness as you; you hire them for the difference they are. So empower people to know that they know. With every single person in your business, be willing to ask, “What does this person know and what can they contribute?”
Do you enjoy talking things out?
If I am at a meeting with someone who functions like a woman then I will spend more time and talk about things at length. I will ask them questions such as, “What do you think about this idea?” or “How do you see this working?”
There have been times when I got into strife by treating someone like a man, when they wanted to do business like a woman. If this occurs, be willing to change your approach. You will be amazed at how quickly your communications change.
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Simone Milasas is a lady who knows how to be a woman, who sees the joy of possibility and future and knows that there is the prospect of possibility in every choice and every new way to see how business is a source for creation. She has owned companies, created them, managed them, and changed them, all with an enthusiasm to invite people to a different possibility in the world. Find out more about Simone Milasas here.