As a male manager, you have “kept your cool” during a major crisis. A female colleagues says to you, “What do you know that I don’t or is it just that you have nerves of steel?” What do you say?
Sounds like this whole mess is starting to get you down. Tell me some more.
As one of the men around here. I’ve got to hold things together.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Over a lunch with colleagues, the Human Resource Director asks if there would be any interest in starting a gay, lesbian, and bisexual group at the firm. No one at work knows you are gay.
Respond in a way that is most comfortable to you, including remaining silent.
Be very careful not to “flaunt it”. Not speaking up may preserve your career.
Speak up, if not for yourself, at least for the other members of the firm.
Despite her best efforts, a woman at a stressful meeting breaks into tears. As a man:
Move in to comfort her. Offer a handkerchief of tissue.
Ask her to express her frustration and other strong feeling.
Assume she is emotionally unstable and rely on her less
While talking to a person of the other gender, you say something inappropriate which causes a negative reaction. It is best to:
Make clear that it was only meant in jest
Say, “Stop being oversensitive”
Apologize for the incident
You are a woman meeting with a client for the first time. He tends to sit sideways in his chair and look away during much of your conversation
Very politely tell him you want his attention
Ignore posture and continue the conversation
Bring the conversation to a close. You are getting nowhere