One other thing stuck out. She talked about how she was clear, direct and forthright in a discussion with a male employee. His reaction? “Whoa! We’re all on the same team here!” — as if she had yelled at him.
My mantra, “What I say matters,” is directly influenced by my experiences with reactions and feedback like that (read the full story in the book Behind the Panty).
But here’s the thing that hasn’t been addressed yet: When women push back, fight to get their voices heard, we’re told it’s our problem. I’ve had people (mainly men) tell me that I’m too sensitive when I point out that they are not listening to me. Others have told me that I’m misinterpreting, misrepresenting or just plain wrong.
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