Corporate Tribalism : White Men/White Women and Cultural Diversity at Work

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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The 2008 elections shattered historical precedents and pushed race and gender back to the forefront of our national consciousness. The wide range of reactions to the efforts of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin dramatically reflected ongoing conflicts over diversity in our society, especially in the venue where people are most likely to encounter them: work. As more and more people who aren't white men enter corporate America, we urgently need to learn how to avoid clashes over these issues and how to resolve them when they do occur.Thomas Kochman and Jean Mavrelis have been helping corporations successfully do that for over twenty years. Their diversity training and consulting firm has helped managers and employees at numerous companies recognize and overcome the cultural bases of miscommunication between ethnic groups and across gender linesand inCorporate Tribalismthey seek to share their expertise with the world. In the first half of the book, Kochman addresses white men, explicating the ways that their cultural background can motivate their behavior, work style, and perspective on others. Then Mavrelis turns to white women, focusing on the particular problems they face, including conflicts with men, other women, and themselves. Together they emphasize the need for a multiculturalrather than homogenizingapproach and offer constructive ideas for turning the workplace into a more interactive community for everyone who works there.Written with the wisdom and clarity gained from two decades of hands-on work,Corporate Tribalismwill be an invaluable resource as we look toward a future beyond the glass ceiling.

Author Biography

Jean Mavrelis is CEO of Kochman Mavrelis Associates.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
CWM and the New Social Order
CWM and Corporate Diversity Initiativesp. 13
Americanizationp. 33
Social and Cultural Conflicts in the Workplacep. 37
CWM Cultural Style at Workp. 58
Other Cultural Comparisons and Contrastsp. 69
Multiculturalism and Social Inclusionp. 90
CWW at Work
Cultural Underpinningsp. 105
CWW and Women of Colorp. 128
Gossip and Communityp. 148
Other Cultural Contrasts and Lessons Learnedp. 166
Styles of Conflict Resolutionp. 175
Networking and Getting Aheadp. 186
Ten Things That CWW Can Do to Befriend Women of Color at Workp. 204
The White Woman People Pleaser Tale of Woep. 208
Afterwordp. 211
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 235
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