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Women are better judges than men in assessing emotions

By Quintus Perera

Emotions are more important than pure decisions when value judgments are made and in that sphere women are better intuitive judges than men as men tend to follow the book, was the advice imparted by a top management guru and accountant to a total of 378 Association of Accounting Technician Graduates at their Certificate Awarding ceremony held in Colombo this week.

Chandra Jayaratne, former Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce as Chief Guest at the ceremony quoting a latest book written by a New York Times Writer – David Brooks, said that “Everyone of us have emotions as emotions are more important than pure decisions and if you cannot resolve any crisis by your accountancy profession resolve it my emotion and that is why ladies are better intuitive judges than men”.

He said that human emotions are sometimes better than proven reasoning and social connection is better than individual thinking and so it is better for a group of people to get together and make a choice, rather than one or two take a decision that affects everyone. Mr Jayaratne said that when making decisions everyone forgets the social connection.

He noted that character is more important than IQ and said; “Build your IQ but if not for the character – the goodness in you is more important than IQ and finally in each person there are two persons – the Jekyll and Hyde theory. We behave in different ways in different situations and today in one way and tomorrow in another way depending on the circumstances”.

He said that some sentiments are more effective and important than mere logical conclusions. He urged the newly, passed-out Accounting Technicians to develop talents and the important annals of reading others minds. He said that when somebody comes and tells a story about a work problem, that person may be in actual fact narrating a personal problem in disguise – a problem at home. The decision-maker should be able to get at the real problem and touch the intuitive thinking capability.
Arjun Herath, Council Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Partner, Ernst and Young was the Guest of Honour.

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