Bias Interrupted

  • 5h 15m 32s
  • Joan C. Williams
  • Gildan Media
  • 2021

A cutting edge, relentless, objective approach to inclusion.

Companies spend billions of dollars annually on diversity efforts, with remarkably few results. Too often diversity efforts rest on the assumption that all that's needed is an earnest conversation about "privilege." That's not enough. To truly make progress with diversity, equity and inclusion, we must focus less on documenting the problem and more on just stopping the transmission of it.

In Bias Interrupted, Joan C. Williams shows how it's done, and reassuringly, how easy it is to get started. Leaders just need to use standard business systems and standard business tools-data and metrics-to interrupt the bias that is constantly transmitted through formal systems like performance appraisals and the informal systems that control access to opportunities, like mentoring programs. The book presents fresh evidence based on Williams's research and work with companies, in that interrupting bias helps every group-including white men.

Comprehensive, though compact and straightforward, Bias Interrupted delivers real, practical value in as efficient and accessible manner as possible to an audience that has never needed it more. It's possible to interrupt bias. Here's where you start.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - What's the Path Forward?
  • Chapter 2 - Is Bias Training Worthless?
  • Chapter 3 - We're a Meritocracy. Are You Asking Us to Change That?
  • Chapter 4 - Why Do Some Groups Need to Be Politically Savvier to Succeed?
  • Chapter 5 - Are You Saying That White Men Have it Easy? I Don't Feel Privileged
  • Chapter 6 - We Cherish Our Culture. Can We Retain That and Still Achieve DEI Goals?
  • Chapter 7 - Can We Make Progress on DEI without Getting All Rigid and Bureaucratic?
  • Chapter 8 - Women's Priorities Change after Having Kids. Are You Saying I Should Ignore That?
  • Chapter 9 - Isn't it Natural—and Inevitable—That People Who Work Harder Go Further?
  • Chapter 10 - If We Hire More Women and People of Color, Won't the DEI Problem Take Care of itself?
  • Chapter 11 - What Does the CEO Need to Do to Finally Deliver on DEI Goals?
  • Chapter 12 - How Can a Company Change Who Gets Access to Opportunities? (Hint: Only the CEO Can)
  • Chapter 13 - How Can CDOs and HR Get Buy-in—and Deliver—on DEI Goals?
  • Chapter 14 - How Can HR and DEI Departments Work Together to Interrupt Bias in Basic Business Systems?
  • Chapter 15 - How Can Individual Managers Help Move the Needle—and Manage More Effectively?