A non-threatening deadline

How to be a non-threatening woman:

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I get what they are trying to say, but feelgood doesn’t always work.

That could be Metiria Turei saying the James Shaw: “What do you think about consulting with Labour before announcing a plan to cut house prices in half by Monday before I’m due to use an interview with Guyon Espiner to announce contentious house price targets?”

Or someone in business saying “What do you think about completing the job for clients by Monday?” If a commitment has been made to deliver by Monday then “This has to be done by Monday” isn’t threatening, it’s a real deadline.

Try telling Inland Revenue “What do you think about me paying my provisional tax by Monday?”

Or your boss “What do you think about me returning to work by Monday?”

In any case leadership often requires straight talking, including setting specific targets and deadlines, whether you are a woman or a man.

But this isn’t the point of it (or I’m a guy so perhaps I just don’t get it). It’s from “9 Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies For Women,”

…where the Cooper Review pokes fun at this media trope, offering some helpful tips (with funny illustrations) to “alter your leadership style to account for the (sometimes) fragile male ego.”

Playing the “poor me, I’m a woman in a leadership position and it’s so difficult dealing with stupid ego driven men” seems a bit lame.

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  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  31st July 2016

    There is of course a middle way:

    “This has to be done by Monday. Let’s discuss and agree on the best way of achieving this.”

    The whole gender angle should be irrelevant.

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