For an increasing number of humans, Salopek notes, such interactions are not only uncommon, they are unnerving. ‘Car Brains,’ he writes, ‘have lost all knowledge of human interactions on foot.’
Like me, Warren Buffett was inspired by Sheryl Sandburg’s book Lean In. His response was to offer himself as a business mentor to women, which, I believe is a great thing. However, my belief is that more leading female business professionals need to put themselves forward as business mentors to more young male business professionals. Not because men need some kind of lift, or added advantage, but instead because in seeking empathy and understanding, we need to explore what it is like to be in the shoes of a leading female business professional and we can only do that if we learn from them.
And crucially, a bro in isolation is barely a bro at all — he needs his peers to reinforce his beliefs and laugh at his jokes.