ARTICLES

AFTER EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: GENDER INTELLIGENCE

The Business Tribune | Nov 23, 2017

Barbara Annis is the CEO of the consultancy she started decades ago, which has been known for the last two years as the Gender Intelligence Group. Annis and her team go into companies and measure sexism, then devise ways to change behavior and overcome it.

The Business Tribune asked her what she thinks of the recent tidal wave of accusations against powerful men of rape, sexual assault and harassment.

“It’s a good awakening, but it’s all about the way we approach it,” she said by phone from New York where Gender Intelligence Group is based. “There are a hell of a lot of good men out there, and if we paint all men with one brush, we make a big mistake.”

ARE YOU A CHANGE ACCELERATOR?

The Good Men Project | Nov 23, 2017

Whenever I speak at a corporate conference or teach a workshop about gender diversity, at least one woman says something like: “If the CEO brings up his daughter one more time, I’m going to lose my marbles.”

Does this reaction surprise you? It certainly surprised a well-liked and well-intentioned CEO of a large financial services firm with whom I recently worked. He was shocked to learn just how not well his father-daughter story went over. This particular CEO—let’s call him Dave—was entirely on board with creating an inclusive company culture and with promoting talented women. He had assumed that his personal story would show just how much he cared about the women in his life, and how he had worked hard to support and encourage them. Unfortunately, his story had the opposite effect.

WORK LIFE HARMONY STARTS AT WORK

Thrive Global.com | Nov 7, 2017

On average, women who work full-time outside the home still bear more of the burden of household labor and management than fully employed men. To confound this inequality, employers are often more likely to assume that women are “distracted” by their personal lives. Case in point: though 75 percent of women report having been asked about marriage and family in job interviews, 40 percent of women feel that they can’t talk about family at work if they want to be taken seriously. And 52 percent of working mothers shortened their maternity leave for fear of negative impact on their careers.

5 PITFALLS WOMEN TECH LEADERS MUST AVOID

Tech Republic.com | Oct 13, 2017

Women climbing the tech career ladder tend to face some common pitfalls that prevent them from reaching their full leadership potential, according to Barbara Annis, founding partner of the Gender Intelligence Group, a leader in gender diversity and inclusive leadership training.

USING GENDER INTELLIGENCE TO HELP YOUR COMPANY SUCCEED

BNN.ca | June 26, 2017

BNN chats with the co-authors of the new book, “Results at the Top: Using Gender Intelligence to Create Breakthrough Growth,” Barbara Annis, founder and CEO of the Gender Intelligence Group and Richard Nesbitt, CEO of the Global Risk Institute and former CEO of the TSX Group. They discuss the challenges that remain when it comes to gender inequity in the workplace.

HOW GENDER INTELLIGENCE AFFECTS A COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE

Globe & Mail | June 14, 2017

For nearly half a century, the focus surrounding gender politics in the workplace has been on numbers, emphasizing the importance of hiring, promoting and retaining the same amount of men and women in order to achieve numeric balance.

GENDER INTELLIGENCE – A TREND THAT’S ENERGIZING THE INDUSTRY

GAMA International Journal | September/October 2015 Issue

Today, women own more than half the nation’s businesses and influence the majority of consumer investment decisions, studies show. Unfortunately, they often don’t trust their male advisors, and only some 30 percent of advisors are currently female. Gender expert and strategist Barbara Annis offers some suggestions to help improve communication all around.

DEVELOPMENT AND GENDER BRAIN WIRING

Kate Everson, CLO Magazine | July 22, 2015

My feminism makes it difficult for me to accept that women are different from men, mostly because “different” often translates to “inferior” in conversations about business. “Women aren’t as good at negotiating.” “Women are more emotional and less analytical.” “Men don’t ask for directions and therefore are more likely to forge their own paths.” And get lost, but that’s neither here nor there — pun intended. […] Nature doesn’t classify one as better than the other, but our social and business structures do, which means that chief learning officers have a responsibility to help level the learning and leadership fields for both genders.

THE MYTHS OF MERITOCRACIES

Barbara Annis | 2014

When is fairness not fair? When well-intended business leaders build meritocracies where the talented – regardless of their gender – are promoted based on their abilities and achievements. Sounds ironic, but in many ways, the measures of performance in most organizations today unconsciously ensure a glass ceiling remains firmly in place…

WHITE PAPER: SOLUTIONS TO WOMEN’S ADVANCEMENT

Women of Influence | 2014

Since the 1980s, women have received more advanced degrees than men have held half of all middle management positions – and not just in the U.S…

WOMEN AND WORK: GIRL TALK

The Economist | April 13th, 2013

Barbara Annis and John Gray argue in “Work With Me” that men and women are biologically wired to think and react differently to situations, and have “gender blind spots” when it comes to understanding their co-workers’ behaviour..

8 BLIND SPOTS BETWEEN THE SEXES AT WORK

Forbes | Susan Adams | April 26th, 2013

Do you ever feel the unreasonableness of the opposite sex makes your office life more difficult than it has to be? Maybe there’s more to your feelings than just aggrieved stereotyping. John Gray and Barbara Annis believe that innate differences between men and women cause many of the problems that crop up at work.

MEN AND WOMEN CAN TEAM UP IN THE OFFICE TO CLICK

Investor Business Daily | Amy Alexander | May 8th, 2013

In this must-read, Annis (an expert on workplace gender issues and chair of the women’s leadership board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government) and relationship expert Gray (author of the bestseller Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) examine how and why men and women think differently at work.

WORK WITH ME: THE 8 BLIND SPOTS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Publishers Weekly | March 4th, 2013

In this must-read, Annis (an expert on workplace gender issues and chair of the women’s leadership board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government) and relationship expert Gray (author of the bestseller Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) examine how and why men and women think differently at work.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES: OFFICE EDITION

Wall Street Journal | Lauren Weber | May 14th, 2013

Women and men are almost equally represented in the U.S. labor force, but the workplace is still rife with conflicts and misunderstandings rooted in gender, according to a new book by Barbara Annis, a leadership consultant, and John Gray, author of the bestseller “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.”

WOMEN NEED TO BE ON TOP WITHOUT QUOTAS

Berlingske Business | April 23, 2013

Feature article with Barbara in Berlingske Business, Copenhagen

“The Executive Coaching that Barbara Annis & Associates provided can only be summed up as a transformational life-changing experience. Not only was I able to overcome several major hurdles in my professional and personal life, but I actually enjoyed the ride. From the bottom of my heart… I thank you.”

Jim Riddell – Executive Vice President of General Motors

“My sincere appreciation for the Men and Women in Business Program. We have had tremendous feedback from the participants from all aspects of the program. This truly was a “state of the art” experience. Thank you Barbara, your powerful messages and tremendous presence was the key. You and your associates are true professionals. Also, many specifically commented on how valuable it was to hear from our customers, partners and competitors on this very important topic.”

Khalil E. Barsoum – CEO/President of IBM Canada

“Our conference was a great success, much thanks to your fine involvement and excellent presentation. We could have listened to you for hours; we do hope to have a much longer encore in Stockholm next year. You were EVERYBODY’S favorite speaker and the perfect conclusion to the day.”

Renée Lundholm – President of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce

“Barbara has been a true blessing for our company; she spins her magic, plants seeds in everyone’s minds that have grown into unforeseen results.”

Tom Schwartz – Four Seasons

“In the two decades, scores of diversity consultants have appeared on the scene in global businesses and governments… The best of the bunch is Barbara Annis.”

Tony Blair – British Prime Minister

“Anyone who has experienced a coaching session or workshop with Barbara Annis will never be the same… It’s a wake-up call that leaves you refreshed and with fire in your belly.”

Mary Kay Ash – Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Barbara has an ability to get in under my skin and create unparallel learning for me, a very cynical businessman. Thank you doing this with such tenacity and elegance.”

Richard Barton – CEO & President of Xerox

“I had no idea how important it was to recognize gender differences. It affects everything we do from how we work in teams, market and sell our product, and deal with management. Thank you Barbara! An outstanding session for both men and women.”

Rob Singer – President, Europe of Sarah Lee