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November Book Club! The Athena Doctrine

... Will Rule the Future.

The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future by John Gerzema, Michael D'Antonio

Among 64,000 people surveyed in thirteen nations, two-thirds feel the world would be a better place if men thought more like women. This marks a burgeoning global trend away from the winner-takes-all, masculine approach to getting things done. Drawing from interviews at innovative organizations in eighteen nations and at Fortune 500 boardrooms, the authors reveal how men and women alike are recognizing significant value in traits commonly associated with women, such as nurturing, cooperation, communication, and sharing. "The Athena Doctrine" shows why femininity is the operating system of 21st century prosperity: Leadership: values traditionally associated with women create more effective leadership and organizational strategies in today's society.Career management and self-improvement traits associated with women--flexibility, empathy, and honesty--underpin career mobility and personal fulfillment.Change management: feminine traits help us adapt seamlessly and effectively to today's changes.

Brought to life through real world portraits of women and men who lead Fortune 1000 businesses, new ventures, government and nonprofit agencies, and community groups--and backed by rigorous data--"s"ocial theorist John Gerzema and author Michael D'Antonio show how traditionally feminine traits are ascending and bringing success to people and organizations around the world. By nurturing, listening, collaborating and sharing, women and men are solving problems, finding profits, and redefining success in every realm.(less)


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  • Stephen

    Hmm. I call bullshit when the only corroborating data comes from the book author suddenly 'discovering' some claimed hitherto-totally-unknown trend, then heavily marketing resulting book... Has anyone other than Gerzema or d'Antonio substantiated their claims? It looks like no. Why should anyone pay them $18.75? Hopewell's 2-star review on Amazon seems as much scrutiny as their methodology deserves "The entire idea of ascribing traits based on gender feels like a cynical ploy to exploit gender controversy... so the Athena Doctrine gets four stars for effort, but subtract two because it's built on a cracked foundation."

    October 14, 2013

  • Meghan

    Sounds like this book will make for a lively discussion! Discussing their methodology and how they have attributed different qualities/characteristics to men/women, seems like an important aspect of the discussion.

    October 14, 2013

  • Stephen

    Is there any scientific basis for claiming honesty is a "trait associated with women"? If not, this book sounds at best worthless. See the Amazon 1/2-star reviews, esp the one by Hopewell commenting on their methodology.

    October 14, 2013

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