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Elephant in the Room: An Equality and Diversity Training Manual Spiral-bound – 28 Jun 2007

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  • Spiral-bound: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Russell House Publishing Ltd; Spi edition (28 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905541163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905541164
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What really goes on at the top-www.blairmcpherson.co.uk

These are difficult times for public sector managers some people think the business can do ok with a lot fewer of them. Managers must deliver savage budget reductions, cut services, make people redundant and keep the remaining staff motivated whilst their wages are frozen. When this has been achieved they will find themselves working for smaller and very different organisations and they will find they are no longer doing the same job.
I wrote People management in a harsh financial climate in response to this challenge of getting people to work in new ways and helping managers through a period of painful changes. Then I thought ok what happens when the budget cuts have been made, when services have been outsourced and the workforce dramatically reduced? It wouldn't be the same type of organisation and the job of manager will be very different. For a start spans of responsibility will be much broader as a result of fewer management posts. Managers will be responsible for a range of services which they have no professional back ground in. A smaller Public Sector will have a different relationship with a bigger private and voluntary sector one based on influencing rather than determining. How will we equip managers for a very different and as yet uncertain future? How will we afford management development at a time when budgets are so tight?
It was this thinking that prompted me to write Equipping Managers for an Uncertain Future.(Out in November 2010) The book is base on the belief that the best way to equip managers for an uncertain future is to focus on core management skill that is managing budgets, managing information managing buildings and equipment but most of all managing people. I have used my experience as a manager to produce short thought provoking articles which focus on every day management issues. Material that can be discussed in one to ones, management learning sets or private study. As a former director I have also tried to give the reader an insight into the thinking of senior management and what really goes on at the top. Which should help in managing your manager and getting that senior management post.


Blair McPherson was Director of Community Services at Lancashire County Council before leaving to concentrate on writing. He has worked as a Deputy Director in Social Services and as a senior manager in a large Housing Association. He has been a member of the Professional Executive Committee of three Primary Care Trusts and worked closely with a range of organisations in the voluntary, community and not for profit sector. His management career started in Birmingham City Council where he aquired his passion for equality and diversity and his recognition of the need for high quality management. He is a regular contributor to the professional press with over 100 articles published. He is the author of An Elephant in the Room; An Equality and Diversity Manual published in 2007, Unlearning Management Short Stories on Modern Management published in 2009 and People Management in a Harsh Financial Climate published in 2010. All published by Russell House.

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'Helps to make difficult issues around discrimination something that we can all relate to.' --Community Care<br /><br />'Should help many staff groups make the topics less scary and more accessible… the author shows he is not scared of the topics many want to avoid.' --Rostrum<br /><br />"'An Elephant in the Room' is used to describe a big topic everyone is ignoring or pretending doesn't exist because it is too scary. In this book, issues of racism, sexism, ageism and discrimination are the big scary topics that need to be tackled and not ignored. The manual should help many staff groups make the topics less scary and more accessible. The manual is designed to be used by small discussion groups and that is what makes it valuable. The material is all very accessible and in each section worksheets can be copied easily for a seminar. It is specifically designed so that staff at all levels can come together to tackle the topics that can distance people and discriminate against some workers... clearly laid out. Topics covered include faith and tolerance, how can white managers know what services black and minority people want, culturally appropriate care, old and gay and civil partnerships and sexuality... the author shows he is not scared of the topics many want to avoid... easy to follow." --Rostrum<br /><br />"McPherson's book helps to make difficult issues around discrimination something that we can all relate to. The book is well set out, with clear instructions on how to use the manual." --Community Care<br /><br />"Will be of use to anyone working in human resources, whatever type of organisation or business they are in, including the magistracy. The materials in the manual have been devised so that they can be photocopied and issued as handouts for groups for discussion. Each section has a synopsis for the use of the trainer and a full description of the scenario, as well as a set of questions that can be used for group discussion and a set of references for further information. It is written in a straightforward way that everybody can understand - its simplicity is excellent. A highly recommended equality and training manual." --The Magistrate<br /><br />"Sections in the manual have been set out so that they can be easily photocopied and used as handouts, and each section includes an introductory synopsis; a set of fuller case studies and questions to spark off discussion. This is a useful point for people thinking about developing training in equality and diversity, drawing on Blair McPherson's practical experience.' --The Network Newsletter

"Offers material for use in discussion groups in the workplace that can challenge negative stereotypes, myths and prejudices. It emphasises the importance of creating a safe environment for people to challenge and be challenged and creating equality champions." --Young People Now

"Sections in the manual have been set out so that they can be easily photocopied and used as handouts, and each section includes an introductory synopsis; a set of fuller case studies and questions to spark off discussion. This is a useful point for people thinking about developing training in equality and diversity, drawing on Blair McPherson's practical experience.' --The Network Newsletter

About the Author

Blair McPherson is Director of Community Services at Lancashire County Council. He has worked as a senior manager in social services and in a large Housing Association, and is currently working with three Primary Care Trusts. His passion for equality and diversity arose out of his experience in working in inner city Birmingham and is reflected in over 40 articles published in professional journals.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nirmal Singh on 25 Sept. 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
With over thirty years experience in the field of equality and diversity including nineteen years in training and strategic development, I recommend this manual as an essential read for managers and trainers in statutory and voluntary social care organisations, interested in creating an organisational culture of open and frank discussion on equality and diversity issues (elephants), ignored by many due to the fear of being labelled as racist, sexist.......etc. The author's open, simple and straightforward style of presentation should be particularly attractive to those who are new to this area.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Parr on 15 May 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a helpful and straightforward guide to the basics of equality and diversity, but at 81 pages is a little brief, especially for the money. In terms of a "Training Manual" there are some brief discussion questions at the end of each section. and a vague training plan at the end for a 2 day course for managers.

If you are new to Diversity training then it may give you some idea of where to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dutch on 16 Aug. 2008
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As a manager of diverse and varied teams, I found this book particularly useful. It is well written, easy to understand, and really makes the reader think about the issues presented.

A recommended read for managers of all levels.
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