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Men and women working, communicating and growing together in the workplace isn't necessarily easy and won't happen without considerable and continuing effort, the dean of the College of Business and the Graduate School of Business of the University of Utah said Friday.

A key to men and women working together is understanding one's own strengths and weaknesses and then finding developmental experiences inside and outside the organization to enhance those strengths and modify the weaknesses, said John W. Seybolt."If we are to become full partners in management, we must act. We can't sit around and nod our heads in agreement. We must assess our skills, enhance them and use them," Seybolt said during the 12th annual Women in Business Conference in the Red Lion Hotel.

Seybolt pointed to a recent survey in which competent managers were asked what skills, attitudes or knowledge they had in achieving their success. The skills they outlined were interpersonal, analytical, communication, job knowledge, knowledge of organizational and professional norms and self-confidence.

The managers said they learned the skills by emulating a mentor, role-taking, practical accomplishment, anticipation, personal growth and scientific learning. Some ways to find out if you have these skills are organizational feedback programs, peer review, performance appraisals, assessment centers, applying for new jobs, continuing education programs and joining and actively participating in professional associations, Seybolt said.