It's Time to Talk about Race at Work: Every Leader's Guide to Making Progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • 2h 37m
  • Kelly McDonald
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2021

It's time the business world got the actionable, impactful, no-cost strategies needed to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Many white leaders want to create change but don't know how to do so appropriately and effectively. How do you know where the blind spots are that can create obstacles for people of color? Your intentions may be sincere and heartfelt, but intentions aren't enough.

In It's Time to Talk about Race at Work, acclaimed speaker and bestselling author Kelly McDonald delivers a much-needed roadmap for business people. This book will help you successfully create a fair and equitable workplace that recognizes diverse talent and fosters productive and constructive conversations in your organization. It's Time to Talk about Race at Work does not approach diversity from the standpoint of social activism or an HR perspective. Instead, this book shows you exactly what to do and how to do it so that you can make real progress on diversity and inclusion, regardless of the size of your organization. The author's clear, "real talk" style makes it easy to learn:

  • The costs and risks you're incurring if your organization lacks diversity
  • How people who don't consider themselves to be racist may still have diversity blind spots
  • How to start the hard conversations you may not know how to approach
  • The STARTING Method―an eight-step framework that shows you how to ensure your diversity and inclusion efforts are effective
  • How to recognize the excuses people use to avoid taking action on diversity and inclusion
  • How to address the issues and comments that come up when employees feel nervous, resentful, or uncomfortable as you make headway on diversity in your organization

Perfect for executives, managers, and leaders in organizations of all types and sizes, It's Time to Talk about Race at Work is also for employees who want to improve their organization by leading by example.

In this Book

  • This Book is for Everyone, but Especially White Readers
  • You're Not Racist, but You Have Blind Spots
  • The High Cost of Bias—Why All-White or Mostly White Businesses Make Less Money
  • The Business Case for Diversity
  • The Excuses People Use to Avoid Doing Anything about Diversity
  • Well-Intentioned Things White People Say That are Hurtful or Offensive to others
  • Why Your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Haven't Done the Job
  • How to Talk about Race in Helpful and Positive Ways—Do's and Don'ts
  • Answers to Tough Employee Questions and Racist Remarks
  • Where to Start When You Don't Know Where to Start—Eight Steps to Making Progress on DE&I
  • How to Build Business Relationships with People Different than You
  • What to Do If You See or Hear Casual Racism or Sexism at Work
  • Recruiting and Interviewing Diverse Candidates
  • Mentoring, Networking, and Checking in—Three Big Ways You Can Help Your Diverse Employees Succeed
  • The Leader's Role—Guiding and Setting the Example
  • Reducing Tokenism and Bias—Give Your Diverse Employees and Suppliers a Genuine Seat at the Table
  • Dealing with Naysayers and Derailers
  • You're Not Finished. Keep Trying. Keep Evolving.


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