Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line by Barbara Annis & Keith Merron
Companies have long attempted to solve gender imbalances through affirmative action, numeric standards, and quotas. Too often, these solutions don’t have a measurable impact on the number of women in leadership roles or on a company’s bottom line. In Gender Intelligence, Authors Barbara Annis and Keith Merron show how embracing gender differences in the workplace can produce greater economic value. Annis and Merron argue that organizations that welcome the natural differences between men and women, rather than striving for gender equity, find that “when men and women bring their genuine selves to the workplace and embrace each other’s authenticity, they discover the true meaning of gender diversity and success.”
The founder and CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates, Inc., Barbara Annis has advocated for Gender Intelligence in global organizations and Fortune 500 companies. The chair emeritus of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, Annis has also authored Same Words, Different Language; Leadership and the Sexes; and Work with Me, co-authored with John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.
A senior associate at Barbara Annis & Associates, Keith Merron has authored four other books including Inner Freedom: Living Authentically the Life You Were Truly Meant to Live. Merron received his doctorate in human and organizational development from Harvard University.
Praise for Gender Intelligence:
“Barbara Annis has spent three decades exploring the most effective ways of utilizing the unique talents of men and women to improve corporate achievement and productivity. In this particularly timely book, she shares her insights, findings, and triumphs at improving the way the sexes work together.”
—Marianne J. Legato, MD, FACP, founder, Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine
“Gender Intelligence addresses the needs of leaders who are unsatisfied with the status quo, are ready to break out of old patterns of thinking, and are committed to awakening their organizations to what is possible.”
—Jane Allen, partner, chief diversity officer, Deloitte
“By embracing gender differences, we not only make SAP a better place to work, but spark our innovation, better serve our customers, and gain competitive advantage. In a world in which we face a tightening labor supply, Gender Intelligence is a business imperative. This book is the headlight of our transformation.”
—Anka Wittenberg, chief diversity and inclusion officer, SAP
“Annis and Merron demonstrate why Gender Intelligence—not gender equality—will inspire a culture of inclusiveness and create a sustainable source of economic advantage for leaders and their organizations.”
—John Gray, PhD, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
“Gender Intelligence uniquely applies cutting-edge, brain-based research to the workplace, offering leaders and their organizations the mind-set and means by which to bridge the gap between men and women and create more inclusive and productive organizations.”
—Valerie Sorbie, chief administrative officer, BMO Capital Markets