Why Some Of You Were Unhappy With The Way I Talked About Race

Today, I want to share some observations and comments I’ve had about the show, particularly because of the recent emphasis that I’ve placed on race and ethnicity in the workplace.

In todays show I discuss several things including:

  • Why some listeners really didn’t like some recent shows
  • Why we need to think critically and challenge accepted thinking
  • The challenges that await us on our journey in this space and much much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

The Need to Think Critically.

I discuss the need to think critically and define what I mean in this context:

“When I say critical I don’t mean being negative, I’m talking about recognising the bias and the norms that are so taken for granted that they often don’t get challenged or even recognised”

Generic Research has its limitations

I explain why general leadership advice often lacks a critical approach:

“I raised the question in the show but I spent more time highlighting that most leadership research to date is performed on a homogenous group, typically white males. This means that it’s unclear if generic leadership advice is useful for stigmatised groups and the paper suggested that it might not be useful all of the time.”

A Pragmatic Approach is required:

I explain how in an unfair workplace, the need to build a career needs to be balanced with improving the way we work.

“Part of the challenge in what we talk about here is managing the discomfort of operating in an unfair workplace while balancing the pragmatic day to day experiences of crafting a career.”

Here are some selected links to the resources and reports I discuss in the episode.

Show Notes

Why Having a Babyface Helps Black Leaders in the Workplace

Diversity and Authenticity: Why Employees May Hesitate to Open Up About Themselves

Covert Discrimination Part 1: Garlic Bread & The Normalising Gaze

Covert Discrimination Part 2: Qualified Compliments & Masked Prejudice

Covert Discrimination Part 3: Tokenism: When Your Identity is Welcome and Your Ability is Not

Book Review: Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference


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