You Say Tomatoe, I Say Tomtato: Comparing Men’s and Women’s Definition of Success

“Are the differences observed between men and women in business and corporate world a function of biological and psychological differences between the genders or are they mostly a function of cultural learning and cultural definition of gender roles?  The author, using data collected on how men and women define success and the source of such definitions has found negligible differences between the two genders.

The above is the abstract for a paper authored by Dr. Iraj Mahdavi, Ph.D. in 2001 titled “Comparing Men’s and Women’s Definition of Success” in which Mahdavi indicated that outside of a “few areas” there are generally negligible differences between the genders.

However, the “findings about gender and perceived success are not consistent” according to a 2009 article which appeared in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship by Barbara Orser and Lorraine Dyke titled “The influence of gender and occupational-role on entrepreneurs’ and corporate managers’ success criteria.”

Referencing what they referred to as “the qualitative work of Fenwick and Hutton (2000),” who examined work and family success criteria among entrepreneurs, when compared to male entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs were “less likely to value monetary success criteria.”

Specifically, women are more likely to value attributes of success centered on “quality of networks, the ability to choose daily activities, opportunity to contribute to communities, and quality of life.”

These seemingly contradictory findings would suggest that even though certain areas of society have achieved what could be called a level playing field in terms of gender differentiation (or non-differentiation), there are still core value differences.

The purpose of today’s Women on Success Specials is to not only examine what these differences are but, what impact they have on key areas such as leadership, innovation and the future of business in the socially oriented world of Web 2.0 and beyond.

Joining us at 10:00 AM EST, and then at 12:00 Noon EST on June 23rd are five incredible women who have made their marks on their respective professions and collectively, in the greater world.

You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato: Comparing Men’s and Women’s Definition of Success” airs live at 10:00 AM EST.

Karen Evans

About Karen Evans:

Karen Evans is a Partner at KE&T Partners, LLC and the former Administrator, E-Government and Information Technology at Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget.

As the top CIO in the land under the Bush Administration Karen oversaw more than $70 billion in IT acquisition projects who, it was once written by Government Technology Editor Tod Newcombe, “had the sometimes impossible task of improving how the world’s largest government deployed IT.”

Karen was a guest panelist on our Washington Roundtable discussing “Transparency in Government” on April 27th.

Dr. Larina Kase

About Dr. Larina Kase:

Larina Kase, PsyD, MBA, is the Founder and President of Performance & Success Coaching.

Dr. Kase has a doctorate in psychology and masters in business administration, and her unique approach is regularly seen in media such as Inc., Entrepreneur, SELF and on national TV and radio. She is the author or coauthor of 7 books including The New York Times bestseller The Confident Speaker. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives from companies such as Verizon, Intel, Morgan Stanley, & Ernst & Young.

Dr. Kase was a guest on the July 14th segment “Death Before The Eulogy And Other Myths of Public Speaking.”

You Say Tomatoe, I Say Tomtato: Comparing Men’s and Women’s Definition of Success” airs live at 12:00 Noon EST.

Dr. Gaby Cora

About Dr. Gabriela Cora, MD, MBA:

Dr. Gabriela Cora, or Dr. Gaby as she is known in the media, has been a regular guest on media interviews, radio, and television shows since 1995, speaking on individual and organizational health and wealth both in English and Spanish.  Her expertise areas include mood and anxiety disorders, stress, crisis management and burnout prevention.  She has appeared on national television on CNN, Fox News, Telemundo, and Univision.

Dr. Gaby has been a guest on the PI Window on Business on two previous occasions including the June 30th, 2009 panel discussion on “21st Century Leadership: An Evolutionary Profile” and, the October 15th segment “Health in the Boardroom: A Question of Time Management or Exercise?

Jennifer Allan

About Jennifer Allan:

Jennifer Allan was formerly a top producing real estate broker (retired . . . young), a published author, a speaker and a trainer.

She has written five books about the business of selling real estate, including her flagship book: Sell with Soul: Creating an Extraordinary Career in Real Estate without Losing Your Friends, Your Principles or Your Self-Respect. Her book shows new agents how to jumpstart their career so that they can experience success before they become discouraged and risk being just another real estate statistic.

After her initial guest appearance on the PI Window on Business on the December 16th, 2010 segment “The Sincere Introvert: Sincerity and Vulnerability in the Age of Personal Branding,” Jennifer became part of our critically acclaimed Business Thought Leaders Series.

Pat Brown

About Pat Brown:

Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency.

Pat has provided crime commentary and profiling and forensic analysis in over one thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and across the globe. She can be seen regularly on the cable television news programs, CNN, MSNBC and FOX, and is a frequent guest of the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Larry King, Inside Edition, Nancy Grace, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Joy Behar, and America’s Most Wanted.

Pat recently was a member of the guest panel discussing the firebombing of an Ottawa bank on the May 27th, 2010 segment “Profiling The Terrorist: What Was Really Behind The May 18th Royal Bank Bombing in Ottawa?

Expanded Guest Profiles:

Look for a more expanded profile of each guest leading up to the June 23rd broadcast of “You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato: Comparing Men’s and Women’s Definition of Success” which airs live at 10:00 AM EST, and “You Say Tomatoe, I Say Tomtato: Comparing Men’s and Women’s Definition of Success” which airs live at 12:00 Noon EST.


2 Responses to “You Say Tomatoe, I Say Tomtato: Comparing Men’s and Women’s Definition of Success”
  1. jimbouchard says:

    This will be an amazing show! In my study of success I’ve found that it’s really a feeling more than a tangible point; that’s why it’s so hard to define. Different people have different “feelings” about what, exactly is success.

    This feeling is a result of abundance, or a sense of having “enough” in 3 major areas of life: material, emotional and spiritual. Of course, the ancient masters were dialed in to that! How much constitutes enough in each area is up to the individual and that’s why there is no way to specifically quantify success for a group.

    It’s interesting that women tend to emphasize the emotional area as you cite, valuing network connections and quality of life. Men may emphasize the material as a product of social conditioning; we’re often measured by others by our earning capacity.

    All three areas are important. The beauty is you get to choose and set your own parameters for success!

    Best thoughts!

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