Helen E. Fisher, PhD, is a biological anthropologist, senior research fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, author and chief scientific advisor to the Internet dating site Match.com. Today she is applying her understanding of brain chemistry and personality to business, specifically to the neuroscience of leadership and innovation.
In this edition of The Bottom Line Advocator podcast, Dr. Fisher joins Bottom Line President Sarah Hiner to discuss the evolutionary importance of gender differences and the critical aspects being missed in the push to rewrite gender norms in the workplace and at home. As Dr. Fisher explains, “Men and women are like two feet—we need each other to get ahead.” Listen in to understand why the batttles about gender will leave everyone at a loss—and why the current social push to “de-gender” society is both idealistic and unrealistic.
Other topics discussed:
- The “dangerous” gender battle taking place in society today (2:35 – 5:18)
- The differences in the structure of male and female brains (5:20 – 9:40)
- How history has helped shape and differentiate the male and female brain (9:45 – 13:40)
- How men and women complement each other in the workplace (13:50 – 16:20)
- Society and culture can change, but the brain will not (16:20 – 18:36)
- Sarah and Dr. Fisher discuss some of the challenges facing women today (18:50 – 28:20)
- Sarah and Dr.Fisher discuss some of the challenges facing men today (29:20 – 32:11)
- Understanding the different skills men and women bring to the table (32:05 – 35:10)
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