After featuring Andie Kramer in our Coffee Break series and receiving a ton of questions about her new book, we couldn’t wait to write a detailed post about Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, which she wrote with her husband, and former law partner, Al Harris. We found this book to be original, practical, and thought-provoking and truly believe it has the potential to empower women by providing us with the tools we need to succeed in our careers (which is what HoM is all about!)
One of the key takeaways from Breaking Through Bias is that women should not put their career aspirations on hold as they wait for their workplaces to become more gender-neutral. Women can act for themselves to assure that pervasive gender biases do not hold them back. Andie and Al do not tell women to act more like men, nor do they think women lack ambition, confidence, or leadership ability. What women do need, however, is more information about the operation of gender stereotypes and the biases that result. With that information, women can use what Andie and Al call “attuned gender communication,” which involves balancing stereotypically female communication styles with stereotypically male styles. By using both of these styles in varying degrees, depending on the situation and objective, women can manage the impressions others have of them and thereby avoid or overcome gender bias.
Too often, women are viewed as either “too nice” to be leaders or “too bossy” to be liked. Andie and Al call this the “Goldilocks Dilemma.” In the book, they explain how and why women can use attuned gender communication to escape this dilemma and get it “just right.”
Breaking Through Bias offers a fresh take on career advancement. Andie and Al are committed to helping women get ahead, without stereotypes and biases holding us back, regardless of what we choose to do with our lives. The resources, tools, and practical techniques they present are why we’re so excited for you to get your hands on their book.
Let us know in the comments below if you’d like to see more book reviews or, if you’ve had a chance to read Breaking Through Bias, what your are thoughts on the book.
Until next time!