Thursday, October 04, 2012

In the workplace, "Bald is powerful"


Wharton Business School  prof Albert Mannes reports in the Wall Street Journal on an experiment that shows how people perceive men in the workplace. The article Wednesday , in Marketplace, was “Bald is powerful”, by Anton Troianovski, link here

There were suggestions that younger men with thinning hair go ahead and shave their heads.

The idea may be less applicable in information technology, where “youth” is in.

Baldness suggests virility, and the ability to survive long enough to reproduce and raise a generation, which is why some cultures see it as attractive.

I can remember studies like this being reported in the Washington Post back in the 1950s.

“Dress for Success” guru John Molloy used to recommend that younger men artificially streak their hair with gray (the Anderson Cooper effect) to show more age and authority.

Others have suggested that less attractive men compensate with unconventional hairstyles or even body art, which would not always go well in business.

And remember what Troy McClain allowed to be done to him “for the team” in an early episode of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” 

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