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From Uber to Nike to CBS, recent exposés have revealed seemingly dysfunctional workplaces rife with misconduct, bullying, and sexual harassment. For example, Susan Fowler’s 2017 blog about Uber detailed not only her recollections of being repeatedly harassed, but what she described as a “game-of-thrones” environment, in which managers sought to one-up and sabotage colleagues to get ahead. A New York Times investigation described Uber as a “Hobbesian environment…in which workers are pitted against one another and where a blind eye is turned to infractions from top performers.”https://hbr.org/2018/11/how-masculinity-contests-undermine-organizations-and-what-to-do-about-it?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=hbr&fbclid=IwAR0er-KvoVfl3gWLA31fx2UDcei_j7qtyfZK0jhlqam6AYQbdjZC9ra9ubs
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"When masculinity contest cultures become “the way business gets done,” both organizations and the people within them suffer."--I agree with this statement. The people in an organization should treat each other as teammates or colleagues not a competitor.
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What can we do about it?
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Sure, toxic environments are .... toxic. If masculine traits are what got Nike, Uber and the other world leading companies their position on the stock market and that is the aim for your company, then what would you do? The four companies listed as examples of what not to do are world leaders. And the main character in the photo is Martin Johnson, who Captained England to Rugby World Cup success, and Leicester Tigers to a couple of European Cup successes. Nowhere in the article are the positive attributes of masculinity discussed. So, these Harvard researchers seem to be on trend and off point, which is a pity, but we all make mistakes so no biggie.
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Sure, toxic environments are .... toxic. If masculine traits are what got Nike, Uber and the other world leading companies their position on the stock market and that is the aim for your company, then what would you do? The four companies listed as examples of what not to do are world leaders. And the main character in the photo is Martin Johnson, who Captained England to Rugby World Cup success, and Leicester Tigers to a couple of European Cup successes. Nowhere in the article are the positive attributes of masculinity discussed. So, these Harvard researchers seem to be on trend and off point, which is a pity, but we all make mistakes so no biggie.
These Harvard researchers mainly consist of deranged feminists and lukewarm dudes. So, the articles are often biased. 😎
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These Harvard researchers mainly consist of deranged feminists and lukewarm dudes. So, the articles are often biased. 😎
"On trend and off point"; like everything else you said, perfect.
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Sure, toxic environments are .... toxic. If masculine traits are what got Nike, Uber and the other world leading companies their position on the stock market and that is the aim for your company, then what would you do? The four companies listed as examples of what not to do are world leaders. And the main character in the photo is Martin Johnson, who Captained England to Rugby World Cup success, and Leicester Tigers to a couple of European Cup successes. Nowhere in the article are the positive attributes of masculinity discussed. So, these Harvard researchers seem to be on trend and off point, which is a pity, but we all make mistakes so no biggie.
If masculine traits are what got Nike their position” Your premise is obviously pulled out of nowhere. The whole argument is kinda funny. We all do mistakes, it’s a pity but that’s fine. 😁
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The scenes from the recent movie"The favorite" seem to take place in an extremely successful yet toxic organization where there was absolutely nothing masculine about it :) Feminine doesn't equal selfless and masculine doesn't equal psychopathic. Emotionally healthy people don't feel the need to accumulate decadent amounts of wealth and we often forget that joy is something usually found in the happiness of others.
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The scenes from the recent movie"The favorite" seem to take place in an extremely successful yet toxic organization where there was absolutely nothing masculine about it :) Feminine doesn't equal selfless and masculine doesn't equal psychopathic. Emotionally healthy people don't feel the need to accumulate decadent amounts of wealth and we often forget that joy is something usually found in the happiness of others.
True. But speaking from experience - mixed teams (men+women) work better. The dynamics is completely different. They have a much lower risk of these extremes of"masculine" and"feminine" behaviour.
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Once again using Rugby Union, a game where players call the referees 'sir' or 'ma'am' to illustrate your point. A game of honour and strong traditions that is still expanding massively to women globally.
You will never learn.
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Worked at a toxic place like this for 12 years. So grateful to be somewhere now that values its employees and respects a work/life balance. My advice, get out. Not everywhere tolerates & promotes the ignorant.
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We NEED men as well as women. It's the combination that's important and makes a powerful dynamic.
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The scenes from the recent movie"The favorite" seem to take place in an extremely successful yet toxic organization where there was absolutely nothing masculine about it :) Feminine doesn't equal selfless and masculine doesn't equal psychopathic. Emotionally healthy people don't feel the need to accumulate decadent amounts of wealth and we often forget that joy is something usually found in the happiness of others.
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