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Seven secret business rules apparently only men know

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It's a sad and deeply frustrating fact that women account for just 22% of MPs, 20% of university professors, 6.1% of FTSE 100 executive positions and 3% of board chairpersons.

And a new infographic by Ernst & Young (EY) now claims that that there are unwritten codes of business conduct which give male entrepreneurs an edge over female entrepreneurs.

From never saying 'but' to 'knowing your numbers', the infographic illustrates seven behaviours that EY claim that male entrepreneurs practice and women should adopt to "compete with your male peers".

While we worry some of these tips are a little condescending (we don't need to be told to say 'thank you' thank you!) it is interesting to see a business openly try and tackle issues of equality in the work place.

The infographic was written by Maria Pinelli, Global Vice Chair of Strategic Growth Markets at EY, who has briefed members of the G20 the World Economic Forum, the London Stock Exchange, the US Senate Banking Committee and the European Union on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth.

"Why do male entrepreneurs find it easier than their female counterparts to court decision-makers and secure vital funding?" wrote Pindelli in an article on Forbes.com. "Having advised entrepreneurs for many years, I’ve unearthed an unwritten code of business conduct that men instinctively obey but women ignore."

The infographic is a part of Ernst & Young's (EY) national competition and leadership program EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women - which identifies leading female entrepreneurs and supports them.

Scroll through the full infographic below:

Do you agree that this behaviour is more common in men than women? Or do think this type of thinking is outdated and these differences don't really exist? Tell us what you think below...

(Words: Sejal Kapadia, Images: EY and Rex Features)

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