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In the Company of Women: Indirect Aggression Among Women: Why We Hurt Each Other and How to Stopby Pat Heim
Synopses & Reviews
Two leading experts on gender issues in the workplace describe how indirect aggression among women undermines their professional and personal success, and explain how to change conflict into cooperation.
Following the success of Queen Bees and Wannabes and Odd Girl Out, about aggression in girls, In the Company of Women explains how indirect, or "relational," aggression can hurt women and hinder them from achieving success and harmony in their adult lives. Gender studies have shown that when a goal is in sight, men generally use direct action to attain it. Women, on the other hand, have been socialized to express aggressive actions through indirect means-using behavior such as shunning, stigmatizing, and gossiping to emotionally cripple those standing in the way of the achievement they seek.
With startling insights into the meaning of our everyday behavior, this book offers straightforward techniques to change conflict among women into cooperation by resolving discords peaceably, building relationships, and making the most of women's unique leadership and communication skills.
Following the success of "Queen Bees and Wannabes" and "Odd Girl Out, " about aggression in girls, "In the Company of Women" explains how indirect, or "relational, " aggression can hurt women and hinder them from achieving success and harmony in their adult lives.
Indirect aggression among women, why we hurt each other and how to stop.
About the Author
Pat Heim, Ph.D., is president of the Heim Group, a management consulting service in the area of gender issues, communication, and leadership, whose clients include Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, and General Mills. She is the author (with Susan K. Golant) of Hardball for Women and Smashing the Glass Ceiling.
Susan Murphy, Ph.D., MBA, is the president of Energy Engineering, Inc. She has thirty years experience as a business and organization consultant.
Table of Contents
In the Company of Women Introduction
Part I: Conflict: Why Women Behave the Way They Do
One: The Golden Triangle: Relationships, Power, and Self-Esteem
Two: The Power Dead-Even Rule
Three: From the XX Files: The Origins of Woman-to-Woman Conflict
Four: Lessons from Childhood
Five: The Bitch Factor: Indirect Aggression
Part II: Colleagues: Finding Powerful Allies and Friends Among Women in the Workplace
Six: The Goal Is the Relationship
Seven: Loosening Power Dead-Even Double Binds
Eight: How to Have Healthy Conflict with Another Woman
Nine: Handling Conflict with Style
Ten: How to Be an Effective Female Leader
Eleven: Building a Dream Team
A Final Word
Appendix A: Books on Self-Esteem
Appendix B: Conflict Styles Questionnaire Answer Key
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