Ellicott City, MD – The debate on race and politics has taken on shrill tones in the recent past. As we settle into the reality of the Trump presidency, we need to accept the reality about race in the workplace and its impact on productivity, innovation and the bottom line. Allison Manswell’s latest masterpiece, ‘Listen In: Crucial Conversations on Race in the Workplace’, provides a tool to do so.
It is now clearly documented how race affects talent management decisions from hiring to promotion to salary. It is not as clear how being open to ‘others’ and those who are ‘different’ increases trust, which in turn promotes collaboration, creativity and innovation. Allison Manswell clears the confusion and offers unique solutions to employees and leaders with a blueprint on how to expand their individual career and shift organizational culture.
In her latest work, Allison reveals how the topic can be broached by recognizing our own biases, accepting responsibility to be part of the solution, and embracing the benefits.
Awkward conversations, though intimidating, can be successfully managed. Firstly, the participants must seek to understand, empathize, and show the vulnerability that comes from being human. They should see themselves as part of the solution and accept a shared responsibility for increased understanding. And finally, each conversation should be treated like a plastic bottle, where we must make an extra effort to build trust just like we make an extra effort to recycle and preserve our environment.
The book targets executive teams, employee resource groups and book clubs who wish to explore new solutions to workplace diversity. A combination of an intriguing novel and business consulting, the book reveals insights on ‘working while Black and working while white, why silence is a statement, and how context helps understand use of the ‘N’ word and insider secrets to career building.
Allison Manswell, MBA, CPLP, is a life coach, speaker and author of Listen In: Crucial Conversations on Race in the Workplace who has over 24 years of experience in corporate and government settings.
“Michelle Obama once said, ‘I hate diversity workshops. Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable’. We need tools to have real conversations and solve the problems that exist in today’s workplace. ‘Listen In’ is a tool for understanding and making progress,” says Allison.
“This book should be required reading for Fortune 500 CEOs, HR executives and federal government executives across the board. Everyone in the US stands to benefit.” said Robert T. Cook, Colonel US Army (Retired), Principal Kearney & Company PC.
Allison Manswell is the author of ‘Listen In: Crucial Conversations on Race in the Workplace’. She consults with Fortune 500 companies on talent management, diversity and inclusion, leadership and executive development.
For more Information, please visit: www.allisonmanswell.com
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