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Soar As Iron Butterflies

World leadership is undergoing a quiet revolution

Author of Iron Butterflies

Birute Regine

You won’t find out about it in the headlines or on the chatter of morning talk. But it’s there and it’s happening in waves among women who are slowly recognizing their power and how they can work together to find the balance that has been missing from world leadership.
One of the most resonating voices reporting on the progress of the revolution is Dr. Birute Regine. This amazing author, educator and developmental psychologist spent eight years on a labor of love interviewing women from all walks of life: from world political leaders to dancers, CEO’s and even a wise aboriginal elder. Then she coined the phrase, “Iron Butterflies,” to describe women who understand their strengths as women—their flexibility, vulnerability and knowledge of cooperation and collaboration to lead others and achieve balance and success themselves.
Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and The World promises to be a landmark book charting women’s progress in the 21st century.  Listen to this inspirational Conversation with Dr. Nancy to learn how women are evolving and revolutionizing world leadership and how you can take your place among them.

 

Passive Men and Wild, Wild Women

Men aren’t born passive.
Women aren’t born wild.
We just have that effect on each other … too often.

  1. When and why does a conversation become one-sided, or dissolve into conflict?
  2. How can you turn it around and stay sane?

Man’s Attitude

  • At work…
    the man is often active, articulate, assertive, and usually successful in his conversations, especially with other men.
  • At home…
    he can become inactive, inarticulate, and withdrawn. He becomes passive with his wife – especially in certain situation.

Woman’s Attitude

  • When the woman works outside the home, she tends to communicate in a more active way at home – and instinctively wants the same style from her mate.

His apparent passivity drives her crazy.

In the face of his further retreat, she goes wild. * Then he becomes more still, and escapes at the first opportunity.

How the Man Sees Her Attitude

  • In personal relationships, women often want too much talk, as men sees it.
    —She feels resentful, complains, keeps asking questions, talks more, may even act bitter.
  • He feels he can’t meet her needs and ends up feeling guilty and sulks.
  • They both end up blaming each other.
  • He thinks: If only she’d shut up.
  • She thinks: If only he’d talk to me.

How to Engage Men in Positive, Lively Conversation

Suggestion #1 –  “Stop Talking Sooner”

Communication between men and womenOr, less politely, “shut up sooner.” As a child my mother washed my mouth out with soap for saying “shut up” yet that’s sound advice for women in trying to connect with men. Women are usually immediately aware of our feelings, able to express them, usually comfortable in explaining, and asking, and elaborating… in considerable detail.

Our verbal agility can inadvertently create a wall, as women, if it gets us out of sync with men. At times, in personal, social and work situations, men and women will get closer if the speed of the conversation and the amount of words slows down.

When women feel that men are not listening, we tend to “rise” to the occasion by raising our voice and verbiage. That is we tend to say more, faster, more intensely and at a higher volume. It is as if we are thinking, “What I said and how I said it did not work so I will do more of what did not work, and expect a different outcome.”

Our pace in conversation is faster and more multi-dimensional. We rush past and around most men.

We need to allow a man to respond, a point at a time, at his pace, without interrupting or finishing his sentences.

If the strongest complaint women have about men is that they do not listen, then we must work hardest on leaving the time for them to  speak.*

Suggestion #2 – “Sidle”

While women prefer to talk, face-to-face, men pefer to sidle, standing side by side. Research shows that both women and men like each other more and get along better when standing or sitting side- by side.

Suggestion #3 – “Get Moving”

Any woman who wants better relations with a man should “walk it out:” talk while walking to the meeting, around the block, etc.

Further, when men and women are walking or eating together their body motions become more similar so they get more in sync. Even vital signs (heartbeat, skin temperature, eye pupil dilation) become more similar) so we are more likely to feel a natural, easy kinship. In motion we tend to experience the best, rather than the worst side in the opposite sex. That’s good news. Yes?

Suggestion #4 – “‘See’ the Situation Their Way”

Women crave longer and more continuous eye contact than men. To help men feel more comfortable let go of that unremitting eye gaze. Glance away sometimes as a man is inclined to do while thinking. His glance away does not necessarily mean avoidance so don’t act as if it does by a your harsh tone, words or glance. He may be trying to gather his thoughts.

More Peace-Keeping Suggestions for Women and Men

Do’s

  • It is harder to argue when you are holding hands.
  • Know that showing appreciation and attention, especially when you least want to show them and the other person most needs them, will always bring you closer than asking for them.
  • First look to the other person’s positive intent as you hear what is said.
  • Saying less often gets you more of what you want from him.
  • Looking directly and warmly at her, rather than away, often brings out the part of her you most enjoy.
  • Making and keeping an agreement usually helps the other person feel more safe, respected and cared for in the relationship.
  • First try to act in a different and positive way before you verbally ask for a change in someone else.
  • First answer the other person’s question. Answer it directly, without preface, qualifiers, countering, second guessing, answering questions she or he did not ask or raising other points first.
  • Find out whether the other person feels you’ve answered her or his question or otherwise responded adequately before you move onto your question or another point or topic.
  • Rather than describing what you don’t like, ask for a specific change.
  • Be willing to make a change before asking for one.
  • Know that the more changes you ask for the more resistance you’ll face, and the more likely it will be for you both go to your heads to think, rather than to your hearts to feel.
  • Use factual language and few words to describe what you want changed.
  • Use emotion-laden language, and more words, to describe what you like in the other person.
  • Women: Say and move less, especially when you want to do the opposite
  • Men: Give her more eye contact. If you don’t feel comfortable answering her right away, tell her so directly. Then tell her when you will get back to her with a response.
  • In the middle of your hottest moments of discussion, remember what you most like in the other person and take the time to express it.

Don’ts

  • Don’t interrupt, especially when you most want to.
  • Do not answer a question with a question, including questioning that person’s question of you.
  • Showing resentment and resistance will most likely escalate the hardening of sides between you.
  • Don’t ask for more than one change at a time, unless you want them all ignored.

More Thoughts on the Still Man and the Active Woman:

Joseph Heller wrote a vivid passage about what this feels like for a man in his novel, “Something Happened”: “I try my best to remember on what terms (my wife) and I parted this morning, or went to sleep last night, in order to know if she is still angry with me for something I did or did not say or do that I am no longer aware of.  Is she mad or is she glad? I can’t remember. And I am unable to tell. So I remain on guard … “

Consequently his routine around her begins by being on guard, walking on eggshells, and hers is to speak out more, sooner, longer and wait for him to “get it”, to respond. When he doesn’t, she escalates her attack, gets more specific and detailed, motivated to get him to finally respond. He gets overwhelmed and tunes out sooner, longer and more frequently.

You see something gradually changed. The tenderness left. And tenderness is the lubricant in male/female love relationships. Early in a relationship men and women are innocent until proven guilty. We literally don’t see what we do not want to see and focus on what we adore. Later, after repetitive “passive men and wild, wild women” episodes of friction, each person is guilty until proven innocent, from the beginning. Because that is what we grow to expect of each other and act out to prove each other right.

The rules now? Whatever he does now is never enough. Right or wrong, he is always wrong. And so is she.

Source

Kare Anderson is an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter and author (http://www.sayitbetter.com) Her clients include Nomura Securities, Google, U.S. Secret Service and Venrock.

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Get Their Voices Heard

Claire Damken Brown

Dr. Claire Damken Brown

Do you feel tuned out and turned off by the men you work with?
Whether it’s your boss, co-worker or life partner you’re trying to get through to, if it’s a man, you need to hear this week’s Conversation with Dr. Nancy.
Dr. Claire Brown is an amazing communication expert, women’s advocate and savvy speaker with 25 years of experience working with Fortune 50 companies. Claire joined forces with Dr. Audrey Nelson, an internationally known communication specialist to co-author a groundbreaking new book, Code Switching, How to Talk So Men Will Listen.
Code Switching offers a way to reach across the aisle and open the lines of communication between men and women, crack the gender code and speak in common terms. It’s amazing, when you speak their language, how men respond, work gets done and leadership is recognized.
Learn what it takes to transform your power of speech when you cross the gender divide of communication.

 

Timeless Women Get Their Voices Heard

Do you feel tuned out and turned off by the men you work with?

Whether it’s your boss, co-worker or life partner you’re trying to get through to, if it’s a man, you need to hear this week’s Conversation with Dr. Nancy.

Dr. Claire Brown is an amazing communication expert, women’s advocate and savvy speaker with 25 years of experience working with Fortune 50 companies. Claire joined forces with Dr. Audrey Nelson, an internationally known communication specialist to co-author a groundbreaking new book, Code Switching, How to Talk So Men Will Listen.

Code Switching offers a way to reach across the aisle and open the lines of communication between men and women, crack the gender code and speak in common terms. It’s amazing, when you speak their language, how men respond, work gets done and leadership is recognized.

Learn what it takes to transform your power of communication when you cross the gender divide of communication. Listen to Dr. Nancy’s Conversation with Dr. Claire Brown.

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