10/26/2005

Running a Business Like a Girl

Being a girl isn't as bad as it used to be. Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin tells of the advantages of running a business and being female. She says that women have natural tendancies to go with their gut instincts. In doing so, they usually hire the better person for the job, because they don't go souly on resume's, they take the interview into account alot more than men. By going with their gut instincts they usually end up hiring the better employee. After dediding on a decision, they back it up with the facts and figures they need, and it usually ends up being a pretty good choice. I agree with Elizabeth on this one. Men tend to look only at the numbers and what looks the best on paper, but by letting yourself see into the whole picture, as women often do, the end result could end up benefiting you, and getting you that promotion you've been hoping for.

6 comments:

ethan said...

I think that women make good bosses. They tell you what they think and try not to be to demanding. Not all people are the same but all of the female superiors that I have had were good at what they did.

Elijah said...

Overall, i would agree that women are good managers, but i don't necessarily think that all women are better at hiring. I guess it just seems a bit stereotypical to say that all women use this one skill that no man uses and thus they are superior when it comes to hiring or seeing what a person could do in the long run. I do, however, think that a lot of times, men can be more fixed on what a person can do for them now,e.g. relying mainly on the resume, while women tend to be more trusting and more likely to give someone a chance in an area in which they have no experience.

Logan said...

I think that women, on average, are more detail oriented than men. However, I wouldn't necessarily agree that women are better at following their gut instincts. Because women are so detail oriented, sometimes they tend to be very conservative. Being conservative doesn't always help a business or business man or women grow. Women may very well be better managers, especially when it comes to time management, but I don't think that they have the edge on men when it comes to risk taking and innovation.

taylor said...

I would agree that in most cases women do make better superiors. Women are more understanding and more helpful toward subordinates. I have had experiences working for both males and females and I would much rather work for a female.

Bob said...

I have never had the pleasure of working for a woman, but I don't know that I would really care to either. Although women can be just as effective and just as qualified as men in the business world, I feel that men have greater leadership qualities and and are better able to gain the respect of other men. I'm glad my mother wasn't out leading companies and working 60 hours a week, she was home taking care of her family. I guess what I'm trying to say is that women can make good managers, but they make even better mothers.

Dr. Tufte said...

-2 on Alex's post for multiple spelling and grammatical errors.

This whole thread is related to the big stink at Harvard last winter about the number of women in "hard" sciences.

The point that the president of Harvard was trying to make, and which is supported by a ton of data is that in most areas women are better on average than men, but that men tend to have more extreme qualities at both ends of the spectrum.

This implies for this sort of issue that men (as a group) are likely to produce both a majority of the best managers, and also a majority of the worst ones. But, in the vast middle range women are more likely to be better.