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Leading in black and white : working across the racial divide in corporate America
Livers, Ancella B., 1956-
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First edition.
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San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

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xvi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
pt. 1. A world of difference for Black managers -- 1. The assumption of similarity -- 2. Who are we -- 3. Looking out for each other -- 4. Navigating the shoals of race and gender -- 5. Working the networks -- 6. Growing and grooming leaders -- 7. Understanding the political landscape -- pt. 2 Coming together -- 8. Strategies for Black managers -- 9. What colleagues need to know -- 10. What organizations need to know.
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Many blacks in the workplace face a set of dynamics unique to being African American in a traditionally white, male-dominated world. In this landmark book, authors Ancella Livers and Keith Caver-- co-facilitators of the Center for Creative Leadership's African-American Leadership Program for the past five years-- explain how the leadership experience for blacks is radically different from the experiences of their white colleagues. These differences, of which most white managers are unaware, can lead to miscues and distortions in communication and ultimately get in the way of effective performance and optimal productivity for organizations. In Leading in Black and White, the authors not only clearly explain how things go wrong, they also provide sensible solutions for both the white manager and the black manager on how to make them right.

Author Notes

Ancella B. Livers is a manager of Individual Leadership Development for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
Keith A. Caver is the director of Client and Assessment Services for CCL

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Library Journal Review

The authors, long-standing cofacilitators at the Center for Creative Leadership's African American Leadership Program, draw upon their own expertise and past studies conducted by the CCL to produce this insightful study of the misunderstandings and miscommunications that hinder effective interactions in the diversified workplace. The work is grounded in 39 in-depth interviews conducted by the CCL from 1996 to 1997, a survey of 270 African American professionals conducted in 1999-2000, and the authors' own in-depth interviews of another 20 black professionals between 2000 and 2001. The authors focus on six commonalities shared by the interviewees: a distinctive perception of identity, feelings of responsibility for other blacks, heightened attention to race and gender, challenges in networking, a need for mentoring, and approaches to office politics. By conducting these interviews, the authors hope to expand our understanding of racial differences in the workplace and to suggest what can be done about them. Recommended for public libraries with a business clientele as well as for academic libraries with programs in business management.-Rona Ostrow, Lehman Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Authorsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 A World of Difference for Black Managersp. 13
1. The Assumption of Similarityp. 15
2. Who Are We?p. 27
3. Looking Out for Each Otherp. 48
4. Navigating the Shoals of Race and Genderp. 74
5. Working the Networksp. 93
6. Growing and Grooming Leadersp. 116
7. Understanding the Political Landscapep. 137
Part 2 Coming Togetherp. 165
8. Strategies for Black Managersp. 169
9. What Colleagues Need to Knowp. 193
10. What Organizations Need to Knowp. 209
Appendix Assessing Your Political Savvyp. 221
References and Suggested Readingsp. 226
Indexp. 229
About the Center for Creative Leadershipp. 237