7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2009
At last, here is someone who is brave and thoughtful enough to challenge the conventional wisdom of our current approach to diversity. In this honest and refreshing book, Binna Kandola not only questions the effectiveness of how we deal with diversity in organisations but also points out a few home truths - however unpallatable. Having pointed the finger of blame he explains how we can overcome our individual bias and embrace diversity and difference not only in our organisations but in our daily lives. Insightful. It really is essential reading for all of us!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2009
One of the best books I have read in the last few years on diversity.
The Value of Difference: Eliminating Bias in Organisations is beautifully written, confident, assertive. Dr Kandola's book is incredibly helpful about breaking the frozen state, in which diversity finds itself in many organisations. The Value of Difference: Eliminating Bias in Organisationsprovides a framework to explain why diversity has stalled in organisations. In presenting this great book Dr Kandola provides a balance between the anecdotal (stories we know and may be aware of) and the the theoretical, to engender our understanding and learning. He tackles the current pretence that diversity can be sold on the business case alone, without frightening managers, by the mention of social justice. Dr Kandola effectively explores the importance of felt discrimination, as a key to explaining and understanding equality and diversity issues; and provides a abasis for developing leadership.
An excellent book, perhaps the best on tackling diversity in the UK on the market at the present time.
If you manage organisations, work in diversity or people managegement, or just want to undertsand diversity in the workplace, get the Value of Difference. It will put some zest and cheer into your life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2009
The more I read this book, the more I recognised the place I work at - and a load of the people in it. Everyone says the politically correct stuff at work, but we all know there are some people who are never going to get on because they just don't fit in. Until I read this book I never realised why. Read this book if you really want to understand why your organisation is all white and male at the top - but be prepared for a few home truths about yourself as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2009
When I started this book I admit to being a touch sceptical of all the glowing reviews regarding its groundbreaking nature, but I was quickly drawn in to the author's intelligent and well argued position. The depth and ingrained nature of our natural bias, and it's resistance to being constrained by organisational systems and procedures, was compellingly put. The myriad of complex psychological mechanisms that bolster our biases were explained in an easy, accessible style. And the practical suggestions working with these mechanisms, rather than in spite of them, gives a new impetus and direction to those who feel jaded by the lack of progress within their organisations in respect to diversity/inclusion. A thought provoking and forward thinking book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2009
This book is amazing. I devoured it in a couple of days and it really made me think about not only what I can do within my business to really value difference it also challenged me beyond belief - I did not think I was baised at all until I read this book but now I understand much more about myself and how my preferences play out both in my personal and work life. This is a must read. Intellectual, excellentally researched, pragmatic and can at times make you feel uncomfortable.
on 26 June 2009
This book is what leaders, managers, trainers and diversity managers have been waiting for to re-energize action around organisational bias. Professor Kandola's passionate grasp of the issues, from both a theoretical and importantly from a practical perspective, make this a book every manager should read.
It brings together the evidence for bias in organisations but them presents some practical ways of dealing with it without it becoming, like some other books in the area do, some utopian ideal we are unlikely to achieve.
I think the key point from this book is that we all recognise that we all have biases, and stop pretending. Nothing ever got better from pretending it doesn't exist, or pretending it doesn't apply to you!
on 1 April 2010
In an area that is often lacking in research and critical thinking, this book brings both to bear. Chapters such as 'Why we are biased' and 'Ways in which organisations are biased' balance a comprehensive analysis with an accessible style. The real value for me, however, was in the detailed and specific desciptions of actions that can be taken to reduce the biases that we all have. This goes beyond many books in the diversity field which make general appeals for fairness without drawing upon evidence based research.
on 31 March 2011
This is a very well-written, authoritative and comprehensive book on a complex subject, which continues to challenge workplaces globally. It encourages leaders to look at their own actions and behaviours and to go beyond the rhetoric to face the real truth. The research is exemplary and the case studies are very clearly illustrated. Its no surprise that Professor Kandola is a master in his craft.
on 10 January 2015
This book makes you think differently. It talks about unconscious bias, and the fact that we all have it. Unless we realise that, we are likely to fail to spot the best talent out there.
on 14 June 2014
Received last night, just cannot put it down, so enlightening and so affirmative, just great. Well worth the purchase and thank you Amazon for a speedy delivery.