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The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business [Kindle Edition]

John Browne
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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"Despite much progress in recent years, gay rights issues around the world remain a serious problem. The Glass Closet by John Browne is a brave and fascinating book that shows how businesses can lead the way in promoting gay rights and why being yourself is best for business and for you." (Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group)

"Personal and instructive, The Glass Closet provides a compelling roadmap to what, as a society and as individuals, we can achieve if LGBT men and women are completely free from prejudice and anxiety because of who they are." (Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO Goldman Sachs)

"Lord Browne has written a book of unfl inching honesty and lasting social value. In it he says, ‘You will do more to better the world when you can be authentic.’ It took much of his remarkable career for him to reach that conclusion; but in doing so, he makes it infi nitely easier for others to follow." (Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO WPP)

"This is a brave book. It takes a subject hardly ever discussed in global business, gay rights, and blows apart misconceptions." (Martha Lane Fox, Founder lastminute.com)

"How many of your people are living a double life? How many are wasting energy and emotion keeping their closet closed? Business leaders are used to shaping their worlds, to making a diff erence. This is one place we can, and should." (Peter Sands, CEO Standard Chartered)

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Within the pages of John Browne’s The Glass Closet you will find the most important lesson for the modern business world – being true to yourself brings success.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling case made with impeccable logic 6 Jun. 2014
By Linda
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The book argues that living "in the closet" takes a lot of effort, and that as a result those gay men and lesbians who feel the need to hide their sexuality at work will be less productive than those who are "out". As you would expect from this author, the case is made with impeccable logic, and the author's arguments are backed up with ample statistics as well as personal histories. His conclusions are, I think, unassailable. Anyone who has ever felt that gay men and lesbians ought not to be out at work really needs to read this book.

The author had spent most of his illustrious career not following the advice which he now dispenses, and largely as a result of that he was "outed" by the gutter press in 2007, in a "kiss and tell" story, and he felt the need to resign from his position as Chief Executive of a major oil company. The experience must have been traumatic, but his success in reinventing himself, both in business and as a proponent of gay rights, is a reminder for everyone, gay or otherwise, that every crisis is also an opportunity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book has a message that I think is important: that all types of people should be respected at work. It is particularly written with the Lesbian, Gay and Transgender people at its centre. Its message is that all people should be treated fairly and not to do so damages business. Not to treat people well within the business world is to not only that it misses out on a wide variety of talent but it misses out on the spending power of the community as a whole. This message is repeated over and over again. It also has case samples and opinions by those who supress their sexuality at work and the cost to them personally. The author is very hard on himself about the extent to which he supressed his sexuality and the trouble it caused to him, family and most of all his workplace. At the time the author was growing up homosexuality was illegal in Britain and much of the world. Unfortunately this message, in my opinion, did not come out quite as loud as it might have done. I think straight people have all but forgotten the consequences of this illegal, hidden life and some younger people laugh at the very idea of it. Unfortunately some people have forgotten the consequences of intolerance and this is what the book is about. I think the weakness of the book lies in the way it makes the point about changing attitudes in business, there are only so many ways the point can be put before it becomes a bit laboured. A much more fundamental issue is hidden deep in the text and that is the history and attitudes around sexuality. I desperately wanted a more biographical book and more of the person present and more of the people he talked with. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Class Closet 19 Jun. 2014
By Amor
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Brought this book after seeing John Browne on morning TV.
Brilliant book and very informative, he has obviously done his home work and got facts and figures together.
Not surprised about the bigotry that comes from those who are not informed and not able to open their minds to something that in their minds does not fit the "Norm"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 9 July 2014
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Very interesting read if slightly repetitive. Some very points are very thought provoking.

I was expecting slightly more detailed case studies and more suggestion on what companies should undertake/implement; but a good read none the less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enlightening Read 27 Jun. 2014
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An honest and informative account of a difficult subject for many people in senior management positions. Companies need to think about culture as much as they do on profit.
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By moaksey
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A fantastic book to read and full of fascinating, astonishing insights. Living in what I now know to be called a "post gay" bubble, this book was an eye-opener. I was completely ignorant to the struggles so many people still face today. Lord Browne also sets out the rationality of the business case for LGBT inclusion in such a cohesive way that it's hard to ignore. This is clearly a book straight people need to read.
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