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Karen Morley

How to Play a Better Part in a More Inclusive World

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Beat Gender Bias by Karen Morley is a guide to identifying and overcoming gender bias in the workplace. It provides practical strategies for advocating for oneself and others, and creating a more equitable and inclusive workplace for all.

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    Beating gender bias starts with empathy and listening.

    No one likes to feel excluded. Feeling isolated in a group is awful, especially when it's at the workplace. It can cause stress that can affect your quality of work. It can make the best job a nightmare. It can leave you feeling vulnerable and second-guessing yourself, leading to feelings of inferiority. This is what gender bias can feel like.

    One particular leader recognized this problem and decided to do something about it. Let's check out what he did to fight gender bias in his organization.

    As the CEO of the leading construction company Fulton Hogan Australia, Nick Marinelli was a successful man. And yet even he knew what it was like to feel inferior among his coworkers. When he first started his career in construction, Nick didn’t have any higher education. As a result, many of the educated people in his workplace treated him differently. They treated him with bias.

    Nick worked to gain a degree and eventually rose to a leadership position. But he never forgot his experiences of feeling different, and it spurred him on to help the women in his organization. Nick noticed that although women were joining his company at the same rate as men, they also tended to leave at a much higher rate.

    When he set up a workshop for female employees to come and share their experiences, they told him that one of their biggest problems was the size of the construction uniforms they were given to wear. Because these uniforms were designed for men, the women often had to roll up the sleeves and trouser legs, and even then the uniforms were ridiculously baggy. This made the women feel awkward – these uniforms obviously weren’t made for them! The uniforms made them feel like they were secondary thoughts; they knew they were sticking out among their male coworkers when all they wanted to do was fit in.

    The workshops revealed another problem, too. The women’s managers seemed to be treating them differently than their male coworkers. Nick was shocked when the women told him that their managers had tried to discourage them from attending the workshops, saying that they needed to concentrate on their daily tasks. However, Nick was sure that if it had been male workers who’d asked for time off to attend the workshops, then their managers would have quickly agreed.

    Nick’s experiences go to show that the best way leaders can get to the root cause of gender bias is by simply taking the time and space to listen to the women affected.

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    What is Beat Gender Bias about?

    Beat Gender Bias (2020) explores the beliefs and behaviors that underpin the glass ceiling and that stop women and girls from reaching their full potential. It explores the persistence of workplace sexism and explains how leaders can tackle it.

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    Beat Gender Bias (2022) by Karen Morley is a thought-provoking exploration of gender bias and its impact on society. Here are three reasons why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a comprehensive analysis of the different forms of gender bias, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the issue.
    • Through real-life stories and examples, the book demonstrates the harmful effects of gender bias and presents strategies for overcoming it.
    • With its well-researched insights and practical tips, the book empowers readers to challenge gender bias in their own lives and work towards a more equitable society.

    Who should read Beat Gender Bias?

    • Sociology buffs looking for a different perspective 
    • Feminists hoping to create change in their workplaces
    • Leaders seeking insights into equality and diversity issues

    About the Author

    Dr. Karen Morley is a psychologist, executive coach, and author. She specializes in helping leaders make an impact on their organizations. She’s also a regular contributor to CEOWORLD Magazine.

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    What is the main message of Beat Gender Bias?

    Beat Gender Bias empowers individuals to challenge and dismantle gender stereotypes for a more inclusive society.

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    Beat Gender Bias is worth reading as it provides valuable insights on overcoming gender bias and promoting equality, helping create a better world.

    Who is the author of Beat Gender Bias?

    Beat Gender Bias is authored by Karen Morley.

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