Bit baffled by the last one, to be honest. I don't know how often the question "does my bum look big in this" is asked in boardrooms up and down the country. But I bet it doesn't come up at the typical late-night emergency strategy session where everybody's looking tense and talking about upside risks and under-capitalisation and shouting "damn".
This is the report from Nick Drydakis at Anglia Ruskin that originates the Mail article. The abstract could certainly be - well, abstracted from its context to produce the Mail's article.
Whilst men and women in certain occupations might face positive wage rewards when they have empathising and systemising traits and work atypical of those common to their gender, it would appear that evaluating individuals’ empathising, systemising and brain type is perceived to be important for employees’ wage returns.I think it's applying the male and female concept that causes the concern. That being good at organising helps you up the career ladder to an extent is truism. The minute you suggest this is a male-brain thing you end up in the world of Harry Enfield's "Mr Cholmondeley Warner".
Before you know where you are, this diagram
..... has become this one.....
So here's some better advice.
- If you have tend to worry about people you've never met because they're a different colour;
- have stopped eating any kind of foods because they give you cancer;
- think benefits are for lazy people
- If you think a Labour leader wanting to win an election is an act of betrayal;
- Have an unstoppable urge to tell other people they should believe what you do;
- Are condescending about religious people, poor people and Conservatives
- Eat only coffee that has passed through the digestive tract of small animals in a responsibly-managed clearing in a Balinese rainforest
- If you still think new evidence will come out about the death of Princess Diana;
- Worry about the price of your house should a new Ice Age break out tomorrow;
- Are obsessed with ISIS
- If you have a fondness for photographs of young women getting their exam results;
- Still think we have an Empire;
- Think that not enough people taking up the sport of rowing is a national problem;
You have a Daily Telegraph brain. You will probably end up as Chief Executive. Just as soon as your dad retires.
- If you think the latest soap-opera stories are important;
- Care who Ryan Giggs may or may not have slept with;
- Stick a pen or cigarette behind your ear in case you need it
You've probably got a Sun brain. You may not achieve much, but then you probably never thought you would. You may be the happiest of the lot.
When you get beyond the middle-ranking, list-making, attention-to-detail ranks in business, you discover something. There comes a point when it's self-confidence, being able to get on with people and being the sort of person that is - yes - comfortable talking to new people that gets on. When you get to the point where you don't need to make lists because you have people to do that kind of thing for you, train-spotting skills are irrelevant. The skills you need from then on are quite often what the report thinks of as "female" attributes. The numbers of women on FTSE company boards are rising - but a lot are non-execs and (anecdotally) women on boards still seem more likely to be in Marketing or HR than in IT or Operations. That's the real issue we need to address - enabling women to use their talents in whatever field they want, wherever their skills fit, and taking away the barriers that stop them.
It's not about psychobabble about "masculine" and "feminine" brains that we need to look. It's the walls in our own brains that stop us evaluating people equally and fairly for the skills and personalities they possess.