Covert Competition : Are women holding each other back?
Have you ever felt inhibited about drawing attention to your opinions, your talents and your achievements at work, while it seems men are happy to shout about theirs from the rooftops? Do you find that you’re extra sensitive to criticism from other women, and that sometimes there’s an undercurrent of bitchiness in your organisation? And do you feel frustrated by a lack of collaboration among women at work?
If so, you’re not alone. Men and women both compete intensely with others of their own gender, but they tend to compete in different ways and for different things because in our evolutionary past we’ve had different pressures and needs to fulfil. In her presentation Mairi will explain how this has led to some positives but also many difficulties for women in traditional, especially male-stereotypical, workplaces, and she’ll lead a discussion on how we use an understanding of our evolved natures to improve relationships, and even harness our natural tendencies at both an individual and an organisational level to increase women’s work progress and satisfaction.
Dr Mairi Macleod is a behavioural biologist who takes an evolutionary approach to solving relationship issues, be they personal, organisational or business. In this session she will talk about how women compete with one another, the implications for working relationships, and how we can improve these.
There will optional networking after the session until 1.30pm.
Closest parking is at Snow Hill Station, Livery St, Birmingham B3 2BJ.