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Women Are Better Managers


The pundits will cite various reasons for this, and some may even disagree with the notion — but if we actually study what’s going on in corporate America, we will see that a basic dynamic of behavior is at play. It is evident, even, in very small children. Boys tend to want to dominate; while girls tend towards cooperation, wanting to get along with each other, and wanting to exchange understandings. This is not theory, not some new hype or vogue in management consulting, but a well demonstrated fact that corporate America can benefit from utilizing.

It seems the boys have a lot they can learn from the girls.

The first thing to analyze here, is not the difference between boys and girls, but the difference between executive and manager. We tend to think of them as being synonymous, as one and the same, but they are not. Consulting a good dictionary for their definitions, and for the definitions of their stem words, execute and manage, is very instructive. An executive is one vested with the power to act, to execute, perform. A manager is one who handles, controls, guides, conducts and directs the affairs of. In the affairs of corporate America, it is possible for an executive to actually act in isolation — he need not deal with anyone, just paperwork — but management requires the interface of human contact.

And it is here that so many men do so poorly, and women do so well. Good management requires a precise set of skills that men are often very poor at, if not utterly lacking in.

The domination game is not a game where everyone wins — there’s only one apparent “winner,” the dominator — though in truth that’s only appearance as all lose in reality, and in particular those companies lose who unwittingly allow this behavior. And domination can be extremely subtle, polite but just as damaging.

The exchanged understandings game, on the other hand, is a game where everyone can win (everyone who is honest, that is) — and those organizations who foster this dynamic in inter-personal relations win big time.

So, how do we implement this pearl of wisdom? The first thing to do is to recognize it is not all in our genes! (Though some pundits will disagree with that point as well.) The second thing to do is to recognize there are two aspects to it: the male aspect and the female aspect; and each are approached differently.

The fact is, we adopt certain behavior patterns because we think they are right, survival, beneficial to us; and this is why mere education and attempts at behavior modification fail to resolve the situation.

Men have a lot they can learn from women, but it takes a precise process of enlightenment for it to occur; for there are none so blind as the dominator, as he has to not see the consequences of his behavior in order to continue it. He has to ignore and blind himself to the consequences of his actions.

Women have a lot they can learn from the men, but their reciprocal behavior to the dominance game played by the men has left them in need of a proper validation of their natural powers and abilities, a need for a knowing way of dealing with the dynamics of male-female behavior in work interaction, and a need for a way to express and use their natural talents on a par with the men.

Ability Consultants, Inc., employs a precise series of enlightenment drills and reading materials that strip away the underlying precepts and paradigms that determine unwitting and automatic behavior dynamics. We restore to the individual the power to act knowingly and with full ability and volition in his or her inter-personal relations — the ability to think completely, to act with precision and power, and to appreciate and realize empathy and shared understanding. And this is something that both men and women can benefit from. And the bonus we deliver is that our graduates become brilliant and effective communicators!

Executive Stress

Stress is a much used but little understood word.

In fact, when used in the context of it being what executives suffer too much of, it is a misnomer; and actually an erroneous concept.

“Stress” is the word typically used to label the circumstance where an individual is suffering from anxiety or other unwanted emotion as a consequence of threats to his or her well-being or survival. The person is said to be “suffering from stress” — but as you will see, it is an erroneous concept.

It is easy to observe that one man’s stressful circumstance is another man’s delight. Take the example of extreme sports: surfing the really big waves, climbing ultra-high sheer rock faces, extreme skiing; these are the epitome of thrill and excitement to some, but freeze others in terror. In circumstances of real threat to life such as in battle or civilian mishap, some remain calm and purposeful while others “lose it,” suffer battle fatigue, or otherwise stress-out. Some folk love audiences; others freak-out at having to address one.

Thus we see it is not the circumstance of a threat to one’s well-being or survival that causes “stress,” but some other agency. It doesn’t matter that the bullets are flying in the heat of battle, or that you are trapped on a two thousand-foot sheer rock face in a sudden storm. These are merely dangerous circumstances, not necessarily stressful.

The factor that changes a dangerous situation into a stressful situation is not the threat to your well-being, but the notion that a bullet has your name on it; or your thought that the sudden freeze will prevent you from getting down off the mountain; or your thought that you will screw-up in front of that audience.

Among sentient beings, it is not the force against you that is stressful, but your own consideration that the threat will defeat you; that you will or may well lose out in this set of circumstances.

It is the even brief consideration that the feared consequence will become reality that induces the condition called stress; the consideration that you cannot, or might not be able to, prevent an unwanted condition from occurring.

This is the factor that inflicts the “stress” — your own considerations of loss, failure, or fear of unwanted events; not the mere fact or threat of a potential circumstance.

People who have the personal certainty they possess the competence level necessary to meet and successfully deal with any challenge or threat to them accomplishing their objectives do not suffer stress. Life is a rather joyous adventure that sometimes issues a challenge. You see this among individuals who are masters of their chosen endeavor, whether they be extreme athletes, students facing exams, or executives. Knowing you can master the situation puts you above stress.

At Ability Consultants, Inc., we have processes you can apply to raise your competence level in any area of activity so you are above the level of stress; and we show you how to proof yourself against it.


Logic & The Ability to Analyze Information Is Essential to Your Success

The ability to correctly analyze the information one receives is critical to success; yet, routinely, executives have not been trained in this essential skill.

It is a grave omission.

Executives too often fail to recognize the illogic’s contained in the faulty data they accept — with disastrous consequences.

Data analysis — the act of actually analyzing and evaluating the information one receives in order to establish its integrity or lack thereof — is an essential action if one is to have successful outcomes from the decisions one makes. Too often the information an executive receives in reports, memoranda, and professional reading is flawed; with the consequence that the decisions and actions taken thereon have unexpected, deleterious, and time–wasting repercussions.

Huge amounts of money are lost by American businesses each year due to erroneous action, bad decisions, and time wasted spinning wheels as a consequence of accepting and acting on flawed data.

As an example: if one correctly analyzes the news one receives from mass media, one finds alteration of importance, contrary facts presented as each being correct in the same context, opinion and interpretations presented as facts, omission of needed data, and falsehoods — to name but a few of the flaws.

Executives trained by Ability Consultants, Inc., in data analysis avoid these pitfalls. They know how to recognize not only inaccurate data, but the illogically flawed data which is just as dangerous to use — flaws such as: contrary “facts” that are each stated to be true, wrongly addressed targets (wrong objective, who, or what), inapplicable data asserted to be relevant, alteration of importance, incorrect sequences, missing data, omitted time factor, incorrect time factor, opinions stated and accepted as facts, invalid interpretations of what is observed stated as fact, omission of comparable data against which to evaluate (such as data on the environment into which the data-set is being applied, alternative scenarios, or comparable products); and most important of all, an omitted or incorrectly stated ideal (ideal circumstance, product, or outcome).

Executives trained In data analysis by Ability Consultants, Inc., don’t make mistakes, or bad decisions, because of faulty data. They get the data right, so their decisions are soundly based and their outcomes attain the optimum results.

Dynamic Presence

Dynamic Presence
The Key to Competence, Performance & Mastery

The dictionary defines dynamic, in part, as: relating to energy or physical force in motion; energetic, vigorous, forceful; relating to or tending toward change. Thus, there is a dramatic difference between dynamic presence and passive presence.

But most stark of all is the fact that many individuals have no presence at all.

Individuals quite frequently are not willing or able to be present — the circumstances are too trying, the task too daunting, the pressure too much, there are unpleasant sensations or moods involved; and the individual fades away. He or she loses “it”. He or she can’t find the thoughts that were there a moment ago. The control of his or her mind, abilities and clarity of thought is lost. His or her power to reach, persuade, and accomplish is diminished, even lost.

Athletes refer to it as “loss of concentration” — and with it goes the loss of their power to win.

With loss of presence goes loss of power. It is that important a subject. Any honest person who is aware of his or her own feelings innately knows this.

Ability Consultants, Inc., especially addresses this subject with proven techniques that restore the ability to be powerfully, knowingly, dynamically present.

With the power and ability to be dynamically present restored, an individual can manifest his or her thoughts, project them powerfully, persuade others, and accomplish his or her visions. The individual is alive again, reaching, interested and successful.

And for athletes, it means they can truly deliver on the performance they promised themselves.