What would Deborah Tannen Say about the EY Training?
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When I read this article about training for women at EY, my first thought was “What would Deborah Tannen say?Dr. Tannen is a professor of linguistics at Georgetown and someone whose research I both admire and refer to when I teach communication differences between men and women.

The EY training seemed to encourage women to accommodate themselves to men. When I discuss communication differences with my MBA students and with executives, I prefer to use Dr. Tannen’s research to explain how men and women differ in their styles so that they can understand each other and improve their communication with each other. It is up to all of us to know ourselves and each other so that we can improve our overall communication. It can’t just be up to one side. Things will never improve if we don’t all take responsibility for making it better.