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The Business of Race: How to Create and Sustain an Antiracist Workplace--And Why It's Actually Good for Business

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The Business of Race: How to Create and Sustain an Antiracist Workplace--And Why It's Actually Good for Business

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This book is not written specifically for White readers, Black readers, readers who are Latino, Asian, or other specific racial or ethnic groups. If you are a business leader, individual contributor, Human Resources or DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) professional, educator, coach, or consultant, then The Business of Race is for you.

In the business world, incident-driven, company position statements on Black Lives Matter or Stop Asian Hate are not proxies for the heavy lifting that will penetrate and sustain a shift in the status quo. Advancing racial equity to disrupt institutional racism requires more than a company-wide memo or a tab on a corporate website.

Businesses often water down, negate or skirt this reality by touting successes from its cousin --diversity. However, you cannot advance a strategy you do not name. The general term "diversity" enables that dynamic. It's impossible to create an antiracist workplace when we avoid speaking the words race" and "racism."

Co-authored by two business women, one Black and one White, The Business of Race can help us all prepare for this transformative work. Rather than diving headfirst with well-meaning but ineffectual efforts, we must first ready our organizations. The authors outline both the inner work (raising our own individual awareness and creating new ways of thinking and being), and the outer work organizations must undertake. This includes honest and often uncomfortable discussions. And carrying out as core to operational business strategy and performance, policies and practices to reimagine a racially equitable workplace.

Whether you're a rising entrepreneur, a supervisor or manager, a leader of a large multinational company, or a frontline employee, you'll find concrete actions in this essential guide:

  • Why Racial Diversity, Why Now - A Competitive Advantage
  • Commitment, Specificity, and the Science of Small Wins
  • Uncomfortable Truths and Fearless Leaders
  • Look for Talent Where Others Are Not
  • No Secrets in Pay and Promotions - Close the Wage Gap
  • Discover Your "E" and Measure its Impact
Woven throughout The Business of Race are interviews with dozens of business professionals across myriad industries, fields and organizational levels. Their stories bring voice to the challenges and opportunities businesses face every day, and provide readers with the courage and tools to openly, honestly, and effectively address the deeply complex, emotional and intimidating dynamic of race and racism in the workplace.

Margaret H. Greenberg is president of The Greenberg Group, a consulting firm founded in 1997 to coach executives and their teams to lead large-scale organizational change. She is recognized by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. She is also co-author of Profit from the Positive, which has been translated into three languages, and developed into an online certificate program that has trained business leaders in 17 countries. Gina Greenlee is an organizational development, project management, communications, training and educational professional with more than 30 years of experience. She specializes in experiential learning models and stages of readiness for behavioral change. She is trained in Advanced Facilitation by Johns Hopkins University and Johnson & Johnson to motivate demographically diverse populations in widely varied settings. The author of 17 books, Greenlee has been published in The New York Times Magazine and Essence magazine.

ISBN: 9781264268849

ISBN-10: 9781264268849

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

Publication Date: 08/30/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/31/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 384

Language: English

Categories

Workplace Culture

Leadership

Management - General