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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pearn Kandola; First edition (19 May 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956231802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956231802
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Electrifying! Rigorously researched and densely argued, this book will challenge all of us." --Trevor Phillips, Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission

"At last, a book that deals with the reality of bias in organisations." --Keith Clarke, Chief Executive, WS Atkins plc

"Fantastic...Every CEO who is serious about creating an organisation for the 21st Century has to read this." --Caroline Waters, Director of People and Policy, BT plc

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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