Disappearing Acts: Gender, Power, and Relational Practice at Work
Joyce K. FletcherISBN: 0262062054; 9780262062053;
"Here is something truly new. This book can change our understanding of what work is and how it can be best done. It offers both a profound vision and clear practical applications." -- Jean Baker Miller, Director, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Stone Center, Wellesley College With its move from hierarchical to team-based structures and its dismantling of functional barriers, the organization of the future is touted as a radical departure from traditional models. The worker of the future, we are told, must be a collaborative team player, able to give and receive help, empower others, and operate in a world of interdependence. This new worker needs relational skills and emotional intelligence--the ability to work effectively with others and understand the emotional context in which work takes place. Paradoxically, the very skills that give organizations a competitive advantage may be precisely those that prevent individual employees--especially women--from advancing. In...