“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Well that's what the book was trying to tell us anyway — 50 million copies and 30 language versions later, men and women around the world is still nodding knowingly at John Gray's words of wisdom. Probably one of the most repeated scenarios from the book is that men tend to jump into solution mode when a problem is brought up in conversation, whereas the women just want to talk about the problem with an empathetic listener. Ah yes, we've all been there.

So why, given the pop culture status of central metaphor of this book, is it so difficult to transfer this awareness from our private spheres into the workplace? It can't be that men are women are only different in their private lives right? Or has the invasive, and in my opinion damaging, gender-blind culture (cultures where we refute any differences between genders) gone so far as to make it impossible, or even dangerous, for us to see or articulate any differences between the sexes in the workplace?

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