June 18; Does Being Perfect Get You Promoted? MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK: 365 Daily Bible Verse & One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful
Chapter Six: Correction; 18 June
Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias;
|Does Being Perfect Get You Promoted?|
No woman has ever won the Las Vegas World Series of Poker Main Event.
Some say women lack aggression or won’t tolerate risk. Which might be true.
But Your Business Professor thinks that there might be a simpler answer: Women are more honest—even when they should not be: Women don’t bluff.
The fairer sex is, well, more fair. Women will work harder to get a product right while men work to get by.
Most women tend to be exacting professional perfectionists and we can see this in education. Women do not guess at test questions and do not use aggressive test taking strategies. As a post-graduate business professor I see that my female students are reluctant to hazard a guess while the men plow through hazards or simply bluff.
Women seem to have a mentality that says, “I must have the right answer; I won’t speculate.” In contrast to the male students who blast away. (The men would still get wrong answers.) (But I like the effort.) The men gamble and take risks.
Women want to make “perfect” choices in life and in management.
Virginia Valian, Ph.D., writes about the perfect challenge of women in Why So Slow?,
…[A]lthough women publish less than men, what they publish is of higher quality – as measured by the number of times their work is cited by other scholars in their field…
Prestige in the scholarly community is largely a function of the quantity of published work.
Dr. Valian’s research has shown that men will publish more articles — but they will be of lower quality than compared with their female counterparts. Women will publish fewer papers, but they will be cited by other scholars more than male-authored articles.
By this commonsense measure a woman’s writing quality is more respected than a man’s quantity. The men let the chips fall where they may, so to say.
Women’s work is better, more perfect than men’s.
And this must stop.
Women do not have to be perfect. The men sure aren’t.
Uncertainty and even fear of the unknown requires risk taking. Risks that most women and normal humans don’t take.
About 10% of poker players are women. This requires risk and aggression and bluffing. And luck.
About 10% of managers are prepared for promotion into management. This requires risk and assertion and bluffing. And luck.
Women, if you wait for all the traffic control signals to be green, you will never leave the <strike>kitchen</strike> garage. Start now.
Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. Acts 1:26