Season 5 (1998) – Episode 17.
When I consult with child care professionals, one thing I often hear from men and women is that it’s just not possible for a group of women to work together without gossiping.
What do you think?
Today, I’m going to share with you some of my findings in response to this question.
Women do have more of a tendency to gossip. They share their emotions and vent in general more than men. Women’s brains operate on more of an emotional level then men’s. Women in general feel more empathy and desire to know details of situations, whereas men want the facts and are quick to present solutions.
The brains of men and women are different. There have been many brain research studies conducted that show how women’s brains in general, differ than men’s. Not only research of how women and men react to situations differently, but how the components contained in the brains of men and women are different sizes.
Because our brains are different, we display different characteristics. In an article entitled: Are There Differences Between The Brains of Males and Females, the author, Renato Sabbatini, states that the fathers of sociobiology, Edward O. Wilson, said that females tend to display more empathy, verbal skills, social skills, and security seeking than men. And men are higher in independence, dominance, spatial and mathematical skills, and rank related aggression.
Additionally, Deborah Tannen who is a sociolinguist and the author of: You Just Don’t Understand, states that when women communicate, they communicate to build connections and convey information.
So women process things differently and display different characteristics when it comes to how and why they communicate.
AS A RESULT:
Women (in general) have the need to fit it and often this need to fit it can keep them stuck in gossip and prevent them from being as successful as they can be. Martha Barletta, CEO of WomensMedia states that in general, women are more likely to shortchange themselves when it comes to being successful professionally because they don’t want to boast about their accomplishments or stand out. They want to fit it!!
In spite of all these differences, women can and do work together without gossiping.
HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN:
Individually, women have to work a little harder to really focus on facts, benefits and solutions in the workplace. Women need to build skills to deal with all of their emotional stuff.
Women need to realize they have a choice. When they feel emotional and can’t deal with a situation from a logical perspective, they can utilize a journal to vent frustrations or utilize a support group outside of work to help them move beyond their emotions. Then when ready, they can deal with the issue directly with the person who they’re in conflict with. If they can’t do that – they can utilize a third impartial person to help resolve the issue.
That’s just for starters!
The bottom line is, women can work together without gossiping.
Do you supervise a group of women who seem to get caught up in gossip?
Here are a few steps you can take to eliminate gossip from your working and learning environment.
Step #1: Develop a strong, positive belief that you and your team can take a proactive stance against gossip. If you don’t believe that change can happen – chances are you will prove yourself right!
Step #2: Educate your team on the devastating impacts of gossip. Perhaps you have been hurt by gossip or know some stories you can share with your team to help drive home the point that gossip hurts others and – we hurt ourselves when we gossip.
Step #3: Build morale through team building activities. The more your team likes each other – the less they will gossip about each other.
Your working and learning environment can be a place where everyone pitches in, sometimes doing more than their fair share of the work, to help your center be the most positive and productive place it can be. Your atmosphere can be filled with genuine trust, respect, and caring for each other.
© 2001-2009 Julie Bartkus. All Rights Reserved. Julie Bartkus is an author, speaker, consultant and coach.
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Gossips and rumos are the titbits which are entertainment among the people when especially about celebrities and politicians. It may be true or false and it is harmful for the people who are being gossiped about. Gossips and rumors are false news that spread from one person to another or group of people. Gossips are mainly about friends, celebrities and politicians. It may be harmless sometimes but it affects one’s personal life. If gossip is true about someone then it is more hurtful since it has been kept as secret. Rumor is a bit of information spreading from one person to another without verifying whether it is true or not. When it is passed from one person to another it is exaggerated. Spreading false news about a celebrity or any person is form of a bullying.It brings miserable to their life. There are different types of gossips and rumors which are dangerous and more wounding. Slander is a type of rumor that has been made intentionally spreading false news about someone to cause pain. Slander is called as libel when it is in written form.Rumors or gossips about celebrity in magazines are the best example of libel.It is more hurtful and hazardous when compared to others since it is done purposefully to bring one’s life miserable. Another type of gossiping is dishing which is done unintentionally. Without any aim to cause pain to someone, telling something about him or her to others which actually cause pain. It actually brings embarrassement to him or her who is being told about. Fears or Concerns is involved with rumors being told about any life threats.For example, Making an anonymous call and telling that the bomb has been fixed in a school, which is going to burst in few minutes.It may be true or false.It involves with many lives and it leads to bedlam.Likewise Tsunami Threat, Hijacking are some of the rumors which involve with people’s lives and concerns. Jokes or Wildstories is another type of rumor which is prevailing for many years.It appears to be true but it doesn’t have any proofs.
These stories are so interesting and you can hear these jokes or wild-stories in villages. It gives curiosity rather than wounding. Misinformation is the rumor which misguides the people.People who believes that they are telling right things and guide others but actually it just a rumor. This misinformation leads to difficult situation. Cyber-Gossip is more dangerous one since the information is passing to many people in short period of time and it is a crime. It should be taken care seriously. People are spreading these rumors for taking revenge on others or to make others attention towards them. It has also been passed for entertainment purposes.Rumors or gossips should be avoided since it can destroy the trust and affects one’s private or personel life. So, if anyone tells anything we should think over it whether it is harmful or harmless.If it is harmful we should keep it ourselves and give respect to others’ private.
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