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Diversity Blues: How To Shake 'Em Paperback – November 15, 2000

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John Pepper, who now heads Procter & Gamble, and his predecessor Edwin Artzt have made the Cincinnati-based consumer products giant an industry leader in promoting and practicing workplace diversity. Hankins has worked as a manager at Procter & Gamble for 25 years and conducted training seminars all over the U.S. Authors of several recent books about the challenges of managing a diverse workforce have suggested that attempting to change a person's beliefs about race and about those who may be different may be fruitless. They suggest that managers, instead, should focus on appropriate behavior rather than inappropriate attitudes. Hankins attacks the issue head-on. The problem, she counters, is prejudice; prejudices must be addressed, she goes on to warn. While focusing on the problems faced by women and minority males, Hankins confirms that workplace prejudice and discrimination continue to exist. At the same time, she acknowledges the concerns of white males and charts the role of senior managers in battling racism and sexism on the job. David Rouse
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Telvic Press (November 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967911001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967911007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,646,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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International consultant and former corporate executive, Dr. Gladys Gossett Hankins, a.k.a. GiGi Gossett, has authored both non-fiction and fiction. Her first book, Diversity Blues, How to Shake 'Em, is a compelling look at race and gender issues in organizations, and what to do about them. Her successful first mystery, By Any Other Name, spurred her interest in continuing in this genre. In her latest release, The Midwife Factor, she tells the story of twins who, although separated at birth and knowing nothing of each other while growing up on different continents, have experienced twin telepathy all their lives. At 19, they both face danger as they attempt to find their way back to each other with the help of a savvy private investigator and the midwife who brought them into this world. GiGi was interested in the subject of twin telepathy because of twins in her own family. It is believed her sisters, to whom this book is dedicated shared this same fascinating phenomenon.

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Dr. Gladys Hankins has done an excellent job at highlighting many of the subtle forms of racial prejudice and discrimination in corporate America. Her insight is rather compelling with documented real-life interviews and workshops with working adults of different races and gender, as well as individuals working in different capacities and corporate levels. She presents very balanced and fair perspectives of individuals of different racial backgrounds and gender. She has excellently highlighted rather destructive but subtle forms of racial prejudice and discrimination that are designed consciously or unconsciously to stifle or frustrate many talented and hardworking individuals in corporate America. She has presented these issues in a constructive and non-judgmental manner. No well-meaning company executive and leader would read this book without being propelled to "question" their own stand on fostering true diversity which must include fairness and equity in giving all deserving individuals (regardless of race and gender) equal opportunities for career development and vertical promotion. After reading this book, any well-meaning company executive and leader would be propelled to playing an imaginary role of switching places with a very qualified and hardworking woman or minority man. Such a person must then ask how they would feel if a glass or concrete ceiling were placed on them regardless of their output, productivity, talents, abilities and skills. In this book, Dr. Hankins does a terrific job of bringing out your humanity and reminding you that empowering others equates to empowering yourself, your company, your community and the country as a whole.
Dr. Hankins very nicely addresses the White Male fears of seeing any kind of advancement of women or minority men.
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Dr. Gladys Hankins has done an excellent job at highlighting many of the subtle forms of racial prejudice and discrimination in corporate America. Her insight is rather compelling with documented real-life interviews and workshops with working adults of different races and gender, as well as individuals working in different capacities and corporate levels. She presents very balanced and fair perspectives of individuals of different racial backgrounds and gender. She has excellently highlighted rather destructive but subtle forms of racial prejudice and discrimination that are designed consciously or unconsciously to stifle or frustrate many talented and hardworking individuals in corporate America. She has presented these issues in a constructive and non-judgmental manner. No well-meaning company executive and leader would read this book without being propelled to "question" their own stand on fostering true diversity which must include fairness and equity in giving all deserving individuals (regardless of race and gender) equal opportunities for career development and vertical promotion. After reading this book, any well-meaning company executive and leader would be propelled to playing an imaginary role of switching places with a very qualified and hardworking woman or minority man. Such a person must then ask how they would feel if a glass or concrete ceiling were placed on them regardless of their output, productivity, talents, abilities and skills. In this book, Dr. Hankins does a terrific job of bringing out your humanity and reminding you that empowering others equates to empowering yourself, your company, your community and the country as a whole.
Dr. Hankins very nicely addresses the White Male fears of seeing any kind of advancement of women or minority men.
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This book is a real eye-opener to everyone who thinks, "we're in pretty good shape as far as diversity is concerned". Its numerous insightful and moving testimonials involve the reader both intellectually and emotionally and convey that modern racism and sexism in the workplace are still a sad reality.
Dr. Hankins challenges readers to examine and revise their own beliefs and assumptions about people who exhibit differences. She reminds all of us regardless of our gender and ethnicity to assume responsibility and ownership for creating the kind of environment, and ultimately the world, we want to live in. To do that she offers strategies to those who are the targets of prejudice and discrimination, encouraging them to address issues from a position of empowerment rather than victimization. She also provides sound guidelines to leaders on how to develop a comprehensive diversity management strategy that goes beyond mere diverse enrollment.
A truly enlightening and inspiring book!
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Glady Hankins did what I wish I had done. She wrote a practical book about the critical issures of race and sexism. This book was refreshing to read becaused it uplifted, rather than beat people up. The book tells us, in many voices, about what issues people of color and women tend to face day by day as well as the life long struggles for some. The case studies are real and about people who you can feel and hear tell their stories. As a diversity trainer, I loved the book's view of prejucice and discrimination. Because, the section on stereotyping is the best treatment of this subject I have read, this section alone is worth buying the book. But the section on a "letter to white men" is almost tearfully writen to evoke compassion and understanding without the male bashing so many white males receive. I have made this book required reading for all of my trainers and suggested this book for most of my training participants.
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