Rising Together by Sally Helgesen
In her new book RISING TOGETHER: How We Can Bridge Divides and Create a More Inclusive Workplace, internationally acclaimed author, speaker and leadership expert Sally Helgesen offers a fresh and startling take on the subject. She shows how well-intentioned efforts to root out unconscious bias, the default practice in most organizations, can actually make it harder to foster cultures in which people can build collaborative relationships across gender, racial, ethnic and sexual divides. Instead she shows how practicing inclusive behaviors is the key to creating inclusive work cultures.
In RISING TOGETHER, Sally identifies eight common triggers that undermine our ability to connect across these divides. And she offers simple but highly effective ways to address each of these triggers as well as a specific template for practicing inclusive behaviors in a range of everyday situations.
The core question RISING TOGETHER addresses is: How can people, on a practical level, learn to work well with and listen to those whose experience and background may be different from their own? Sally’s answer is as clear as it is pragmatic: through the practice of behaviors that give others the benefit of the doubt. “Behaviors determine culture because culture lives in the details of how we do things,” she says. RISING TOGETHER demonstrates that transforming our day-to-day interactions can lead to positive and sustainable change that will impact our lives and our organizations.