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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity While Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work

A great little book about the real reasons to embrace diversity at work and suggestions for how to go about doing it.

It really boils down to making sure that everyone gets heard and people really need to make a conscious effort to do so. Specific suggestions include:

- making sure that meeting invites include an agenda so that people who are not comfortable speaking out unprepared, get an opportunity to prepare before meetings.
- the meeting facilitator has a responsibility to ask everyone in the meeting for their thoughts rather than let certain people do all the talking.
- make sure to end meetings by asking people to send additional thoughts later (for those that don't like to voice thoughts that have not been thoroughly thought through)

- White men tend to only hear the positive. If you've got some negative feedback to give where specific improvements need to be made, you're probably going to have to be very straightforward about it.
- Women tend to focus on the negative. So, you probably want to be careful about being too harsh unless the problem is so bad that it is career threatening.

Lots of other great stuff in only 150 pages. Success at Work!!

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