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When It Comes to Diversity, White Male Managers Not Doing So Hot
CNBC ^ | 4/4/2013

Posted on 04/07/2013 7:14:13 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

How are white male managers doing when it comes to diversity? Great! At least that's what the white male managers said in a recent survey.

What do the non-white, non-male managers think? Not as upbeat.

But according to the study, it's not entirely the fault of white male managers. What we have here, it claims, is failure to communicate.

Lack of candor was a key culprit identified in the "Study on White Men Leading Through Diversity & Inclusion," which compiled results of anonymous surveys of about 700 leaders at eight major companies.

How are white male managers doing when it comes to diversity? Great! At least that's what the white male managers said in a recent survey.

What do the non-white, non-male managers think? Not as upbeat.

But according to the study, it's not entirely the fault of white male managers. What we have here, it claims, is failure to communicate.

Lack of candor was a key culprit identified in the "Study on White Men Leading Through Diversity & Inclusion," which compiled results of anonymous surveys of about 700 leaders at eight major companies.

"This is a baseline, first-of-its-kind study," said Chuck Shelton, the report's author and managing director at Greatheart Leader Labs in Seattle.

Asked to rate the diversity effectiveness among white male leaders in their companies, 45 percent of white men gave a positive rating. Among women and people of color, only 21 percent agreed. Wide gaps were also found in the perception of white men's abilities to coach and improve the performance of diverse employees (33 points difference); build strong, diverse teams (36 points); promote diverse talent on merit (36 points); and include diverse voices in decision making (40 points.)

They are doing great when it comes to being respectful, the survey said, but fall short when it comes to saying what they really think. Too many fear that any criticism or discussion of race or gender will likely get them in trouble, so they avoid it entirely.

Silence can compound the issue. "You don't provide the feedback you would give to the people who look like you," Shelton said. "Ultimately you're discriminating because you're not allowing that person to improve and get ahead."

Shelton has been studying this topic for years and is himself no stranger to the outraged criticism from people with strong reactions to the topic. (For a sample, see the so-called reviews at Amazon of Shelton's 2008 book "Leadership 101 for White Men: How to Work Successfully with Black Colleagues and Customers.")

The survey was taken anonymously by managers at Alcoa, Bank of America, Intel, Exelon, Marsh & McLennan Companies, PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and PWC. About 58 percent of the respondents were white men and about 10 percent of the managers had global responsibilities. Future studies, Shelton said, will focus on making an economic connection between company diversity and their branding, sales, marketing and talent retention.

Alcoa and other big firms that took part in the study said they're eager to use the data to help even their white men to lean into the diversity discussion.

The survey provided the companies with a lot of information to chew on, said Gena Lovett, Alcoa's chief diversity officer. "This is about enhancing our leadership," she said. "You can't fix what you don't know."

While the report revealed encouraging information, she was surprised by some of the gaps. Some managers admitted they had a hard time articulating the business case for creating a diverse workforce.

Now that we know "these are easy to resolve," said Lovett. Easy, she said, because Alcoa already has concrete examples of how diversity impacts the bottom line. They have examples of revenues rising as a business unit grows more diverse and technical innovations when they mix up the team's make-up.

In Alcoa's tech areas, it's very pronounced. "They demand diverse teams. That's the only way they can get innovation," Lovett said. One example she named was the creation of the Dura-brite™ shiny bus wheels that are lightweight and easy to clean. That team was made up of people from several countries, generations and specialities including technicians and plant people.

Also, "Our customers have made it very clear … that they want to see people who look like them," Lovett said, noting that Alcoa is in 31 countries.

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The survey also allows the companies to use numbers where there were previously only anecdotes. "Having that empirical evidence is an eye-opener," said David Thomas, dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Thomas served as a consultant on the study.

He pointed out that the companies that took part in the survey already had good reputations for diversity within their industries. The good reputations, he said, can fool you into thinking everything's fixed. "Diversity is one of those topics in which many people, many companies, they hear the anecdotes and they think they are the exception to the rule," Thomas said.

At McDonough, the MBA program now incorporates work on recognizing unconscious biases, Thomas said.

This isn't going to work for everyone, Shelton said. But "there's a huge group of white men in the middle who are teachable," he said. "That's why the baseline is so encouraging."


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1 posted on 04/07/2013 7:14:13 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

This “Diversity” nonsense is a major factor in America’s political, social and economic decline. The Third World is a model of failure and it is a disaster to bring its denizens here and promote them to positions of authority. They bring their failed cultures with them.


2 posted on 04/07/2013 7:19:12 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Altura Ct.

3 posted on 04/07/2013 7:19:21 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

We are fast approaching the day when it will be illegal to be a white male in this society.


4 posted on 04/07/2013 7:21:41 AM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: Joe 6-pack
It's open season on white male Christian conservatives.

Ask the Armenians, Jews, Russian "kulaks" etc what comes next.


5 posted on 04/07/2013 7:22:23 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Altura Ct.
Also, "Our customers have made it very clear … that they want to see people who look like them," Lovett said, noting that Alcoa is in 31 countries.

Sure - Price means nothing so long as there are people on staff who "look like them."

6 posted on 04/07/2013 7:22:44 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Altura Ct.

The headline alone told me it was a waste of my time to even read the article.


7 posted on 04/07/2013 7:23:45 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Altura Ct.

I’m a white (1/2) male manager and it’s not the diversity, it’s the lack of qualified applicants.
I worked at a place when we heard a woman was going to be hired for a different branch at our apartment. First question (by five different guys) what does she look like?

I’ve gone through miles of resumes and rarely is one a woman.
I have no idea why.


8 posted on 04/07/2013 7:23:47 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Altura Ct.

9 posted on 04/07/2013 7:24:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Altura Ct.

This story is total BS. In any type of survey managers will aways say they are doing things well. Only in liberal fantasyland will people say that they are doing anything less than “good”. My company used to run suverys to find out about perceptions of the company. They quit doing it after having to acknowledge company shortcomings and the wide divergence betwen management responses and employee responses. Managers saw things through rose colored glasses. And guess what...we later dropped off of a best places to work list. LOL


10 posted on 04/07/2013 7:28:12 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Joe 6-pack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aVUoy9r0CM


11 posted on 04/07/2013 7:31:20 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Wide gaps were also found in the perception of white men's abilities to coach and improve the performance of diverse employees (33 points difference); build strong, diverse teams (36 points); promote diverse talent on merit (36 points); and include diverse voices in decision making (40 points.)

It is difficult to coach and improve performance when you have to deal with people that do not speak the American language and do not share the same American values. Promoting diverse talent on merit? Come on, what does diversity have to do with anything when it comes to merit? As for strong diverse teams, it is very difficult to have a strong team without communication. Words have meanings. It just happens that I use a language that was at one time unambiguous to Americans. Now my words offend diverse people. It is difficult to lead a bunch of diverse people what are pissed off at you. Lastly, it is easy to include diverse voices in decision making, but you have to be able to handle the wrath of making decisions that don't include their "voices".

What a bunch of liberal PC BS! White men are constantly being bullied by liberals in the work place. I just can't convince myself that liberal ways of doing business actually work.

12 posted on 04/07/2013 7:33:36 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Delta Dawn

We are fast approaching the day when it will be illegal to be a white male in this society.
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White males are being railroaded out of the American workplace. Just as the liberals like to blame America first, in the workplace its blame the white guys first. The only option left for white guys is to run your own business.


13 posted on 04/07/2013 7:34:10 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Altura Ct.

The terrible white man did most of the heavy lifting and thinking to build the nation with the most freedom, most powerful economy, the highest standard of living, to win two world wars, the Cold War and put men on the moon using slide rules and electro-mechanical technology.

Most of that is already lost or on the way to destruction thanks to political correctness and the mindless quest for diversity.

Diversity leads to Detroit, Dearbornistan and eventally we’ll all be living in a Third World cess pit.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 7:34:13 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

“Our customers have made it very clear … that they want to see people who look like them,” Lovett said, noting that Alcoa is in 31 countries.

And this is why in the US, white people have an advantage ( and a disadvantage in many foreign countries)

It is what it is.

The best example of this has to be the popular tv show “the Big Bang theory” It is an excellent show in terms of intelligent dialogue and humor.

But the cast mostly “looks like the viewers” which is overwhelmingly white and occasionally a black person in the background.

This is despite the fact that we are talking about the Cal Tech physics department where Asians are 40% of the students and probably more in the physics dept.

It comes down to that you have to deliver what the customers want (which in the US means white people) and at the same time you want to be fair to your staff which often means not white people.

It is a difficult balancing act.


15 posted on 04/07/2013 7:37:09 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Altura Ct.

In the south, it seems now that so many government jobs are controlled by blacks. They do the hiring and they only hire blacks. A white man doesn’t stand a chance at one of these jobs now.


16 posted on 04/07/2013 7:37:12 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Altura Ct.
Too many fear that any criticism or discussion of race or gender will likely get them in trouble, so they avoid it entirely.

Gollee Gee, Gomer, WHY do you think that could be?

17 posted on 04/07/2013 7:38:14 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Ken522

Price means nothing so long as there are people on staff who “look like them.”
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True that. Very good post.

I work at a place that has undergone numerous reorgs just so they can insert the right skin colors and types of people to achieve diversity. Merit has nothing whatsoever to do with any of these promotions. And then the company wonders why morale is not good.


18 posted on 04/07/2013 7:40:02 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Altura Ct.
Great! At least that's what the white male managers said in a recent survey.

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45 percent of white men gave a positive rating.

Pardon me, but if only 45 percent rate it even somewhat positive, how does that translate into "Great!" ?

If only 45% of white men liked banana bread, and 21% of women liked banana bread, and even less of other minorities, then you WOULDN"T SERVE BANANA BREAD VERY OFTEN, WOULD YOU?

19 posted on 04/07/2013 7:42:13 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: boycott

A white man doesn’t stand a chance at one of these jobs now.
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He wouldn’t want to work for the gubmint anyway unless being suffocated by bureaucracy, becoming an obsequious drone, and mentally withering away are their career objectives.


20 posted on 04/07/2013 7:43:55 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Izzy Dunne

If only 45% of white men liked banana bread, and 21% of women liked banana bread, and even less of other minorities, then you WOULDN”T SERVE BANANA BREAD VERY OFTEN, WOULD YOU?
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No, the government would criminalize and outlaw banana bread. If banana bread is outlawed then only criminals will have banana bread.


21 posted on 04/07/2013 7:47:24 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Altura Ct.
They demand diverse teams. That's the only way they can get innovation,

Or the cast of characters from any Hollywood movie from the 1940's or 1950's about WWII; The WiseGuy from Brooklyn, the Jewish Kid, The Shy Farmboy, The Wise Indian Guy from Oklahoma, and a rotating cast of other stereotypes.

And I spent a lot of time in the 1970's and 1980's in sexual harassment awareness programs for middle management, in corporate response to that pressing need and priority.

Fortunately, Bill Clinton came along and ended the liberal emphasis on sexual harassment. As Hillary would say, "What difference does it make?"

22 posted on 04/07/2013 7:50:25 AM PDT by Bernard (The only Fair Tax is the tax that taxes you and not me.)
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To: Altura Ct.

American Companies are being womanized, monetized, and anti-male’d into the ground. All decisions are based on liking each other and not what is best for the business.


23 posted on 04/07/2013 7:53:02 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: JoeProBono

Preserve that photo. It may be one of the last ones taken of a white guy running anything in this country.


24 posted on 04/07/2013 7:53:14 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Altura Ct.
They are doing great when it comes to being respectful, the survey said, but fall short when it comes to saying what they really think. Too many fear that any criticism or discussion of race or gender will likely get them in trouble, so they avoid it entirely.

Gee, why would they think that??

25 posted on 04/07/2013 7:53:24 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes, we are “diverse”.....Di longer you verk here, diverse it gets.


26 posted on 04/07/2013 7:53:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Altura Ct.
Alcoa already has concrete examples of how diversity impacts the bottom line. They have examples of revenues rising as a business unit grows more diverse and technical innovations when they mix up the team's make-up.

Alcoa has smart engineers on staff - they are going to come up with innovative products regardless of the ethnic makeup of the design teams. What they cannot (and would not dare try to) measure is the opportunity cost lost when some of their best and brightest left the company or simply put a lot less effort into their work because they were denied promotion due to some diversity officer's decision that there were already too many whites or Asians in leadership roles.

A team of the most talented engineers, regardless of color, would run rings around a "diverse" team any day and everyone knows it.

27 posted on 04/07/2013 7:59:30 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Izzy Dunne; Altura Ct.
I, too, had intended to repeat and respond to the quote from the article concerning "our customers have made it clear... that they demand diversity," but I see that other posters had already beaten me to that morsel of deceitful fabrication. I think that we, here, can all agree that these alleged "customers" probably did not mention "diversity" as a criterion before even "fast, courteous service" or "technical competency," etc. Rather, I'm sure that the questionnaire used to poll the customers (Where? In Afghanistan? Norway? Laos?) probably only offered choices varying slightly from the theme of "would prefer being served by company representatives of an ethnic / religious background similar to my own."

Of course, the topper is that, if 45% of the white male managers gave their company a positive rating, that means that a MAJORITY (the remaining 55%) of the white male respondents gave their company a negative rating (or at least an "n/a"). So, actually, the article should be titled

"White Male Managers Decry Lack of Diversity!"

Just sickening.

Regards,

28 posted on 04/07/2013 8:03:09 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: dfwgator

Agree that’s how diversity works,and it’s the first reason for infighting.


29 posted on 04/07/2013 8:04:21 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Altura Ct.
It's coming to the days when " Diversity " is more important than acutally running a business correctly and efficently....
One day " Disversity " will run it's ugly corse and owners of business with say " the heck with this crap "... it's coming folks.
30 posted on 04/07/2013 8:04:25 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Travis McGee

A key strategy of the liberals is to denigrate and villify anyone who resists their agenda. You can always count on them to “run this play”. It’s how they roll.


31 posted on 04/07/2013 8:05:55 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

Agree but a white man shouldn’t be discriminated against. Many would love one of these stress-free all the benefits in the world do nothing jobs — especially if they are under-employees or unemployed.


32 posted on 04/07/2013 8:08:10 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: staytrue

Under current belief and practice it is a “difficult balancing act.” However,the “diversity” nonsense illustrates just how important racial factors are to those of the Third World. So important that their lobbies have imposed legal requirements on the more able white. Racial factors are just as important to white America, but we dissimulate.


33 posted on 04/07/2013 8:11:42 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Altura Ct.
Diversity is total crap as a business model.

Right and wrong, works or doesn't, color or culture isn't a freaking factor at all.

I guess it might be OK if your business was just stupid ideas with no right or wrong answers. Kinda like today's tests in public schools.

This diversity crap is invented BS by groups that are math impaired. They have no useful skills and want a free ride based on skin color or garbled language skills.

34 posted on 04/07/2013 8:13:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Iron Munro

Imagine where we would be without white men. We would all be living in mud huts if not for their contribution to society. That’s just a fact.


35 posted on 04/07/2013 8:15:45 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: boycott

” We would all be living in mud huts if not for their contribution to society.”

If Obama had a brother...oh forget that, never mind.


36 posted on 04/07/2013 8:24:18 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Altura Ct.
Too many fear that any criticism or discussion of race or gender will likely get them in trouble, so they avoid it entirely.

They are correct. Any discussion of race or gender will get them in trouble, so they are told by their managers to avoid the topics. Not surprisingly, they just don't talk about it.

Silence can compound the issue. "You don't provide the feedback you would give to the people who look like you," Shelton said. "Ultimately you're discriminating because you're not allowing that person to improve and get ahead."

Correct again, and it's because there are whole law firms filled with attorneys prepared to litigate complaints against any manager who dares to criticize a member of a protected group. Positive criticism is vital to personal growth, and it's forbidden. "Women and minorities affected the worst." Note the code words indicating Shelton is a racist: "people who look like you."

If this is a "problem," it is one of the minorities' own making.

37 posted on 04/07/2013 8:38:48 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

The diversity non-sense was specifically designed to insure failure.

But this failure of white-male middle managers won’t be a problem much longer because in the very near future, there won’t be any white-male middle managers. They’ll be Chinese.


38 posted on 04/07/2013 8:42:48 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: Altura Ct.
This is so funny

As a long time manager I have noted this for years. White males have the most opportunity because they are the easiest to fire. That makes them the lowest risk to hire. Business is about making money and avoiding unnecessary risk. That's why many minorities end up in government jobs where quotas matter and risk is not part of the equation.

39 posted on 04/07/2013 8:43:35 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: Altura Ct.; Starboard

I worked for the City of Houston Public Works department for a couple of years. My immediate supervisor was a portly white woman, the section head was a black woman and the department head was a black woman. Out of a crew of 12-14 people, I was one of two “token” white men. And while I was there, the city elected a lesbian mayor.

I enjoyed the work itself and might still be there were it not for the politics and the overt favoritism that permeated every aspect of the job.


40 posted on 04/07/2013 8:50:27 AM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

“...The Third World is a model of failure...”

It is a disaster to bring its denizens here and to promote them to positions of authority, as you aptly said.

Interestingly enough, Ayaan Hirsi Ali makes this point in her book. However!!! she still buys into the liberal nonsense even though her life itself is an example of trying to escape the failed cultures.

It is impossible to wake these people up.


41 posted on 04/07/2013 8:59:13 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: Altura Ct.
The old white boys at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) were quite good at promoting hard-working women. Trouble is that they had their unspoken quota and they had some less-stellar managers as well. If you were a hard-working woman working for the former, you had a good career ahead of you. If you worked for the latter, you were a rival and a threat and your life would become a living hell.

By the way, for all the years I worked there (over a decade), I had many managers, project leaders and group leaders, and I worked for one white guy the entire time. Two if you count the time I was loaned out to another department for a few weeks.

42 posted on 04/07/2013 9:06:04 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: boycott

And liberal white women who in my opinion are worse.


43 posted on 04/07/2013 9:11:12 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Starboard

As far as I concerned EVERYONE of these surveys I ever took were worthless, Anonymous or not. The big wigs already had the answer(s) they were looking for, the survey(s) were put out as a “cover” and rarely matched what they were looking for.

How do I know, we got together once and answered the survey exactly the same. What was reported back was pure BS.


44 posted on 04/07/2013 9:28:52 AM PDT by The Working Man
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Thanks Altura Ct.
How are white male managers doing when it comes to diversity? Great! At least that's what the white male managers said in a recent survey. What do the non-white, non-male managers think? Not as upbeat.
Gosh, never saw that coming.

The steady downward spiral of US business and industry since LBJ imposed EOE is just a weird coincidence.


45 posted on 04/07/2013 9:49:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Altura Ct.

The truth is, if any manager runs his business based on leveling the “diversity stage” instead of getting the job done and making profits, the business is probably going to fail anyway. Ask Detroit.


46 posted on 04/07/2013 10:12:26 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Starboard

My company used to do quarterly surveys about how the employees “felt” about their jobs and work environment. At first the responses where anonymous, and flaws in the management could be seen. So, one day management announced the surveys would no longer be anonymous, but would instead have our names on them. They said it was the only way to find and fix the problems. I told the boss (in a meeting of about 100 people) that if the goal was to eliminate the flaws, it was a perfect plan because a person would have to be drop-dead stupid to indicate anything less than a 100% perfect score for any and all questions asked.

Who in the heck wants to put their livelihood on the line just to help a middle-manager meet a goal?

After that, sure enough all the surveys started coming back with perfect scores, and the whole survey thing was dropped within a year.


47 posted on 04/07/2013 10:40:28 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: boycott
Imagine where we would be without white men. We would all be living in mud huts if not for their contribution to society.
That’s just a fact.

THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

Roman Architecture 27 AD African Architecture 2013 AD


48 posted on 04/07/2013 11:35:27 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: Altura Ct.

If diversity for the sake of having diversity is such a great idea why don’t we have more diversity in the NFL and NBA?


49 posted on 04/07/2013 11:40:36 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: Altura Ct.

White Males know that “diversity” is code for “Whitey need not apply” and is therefore racist BS.


50 posted on 04/07/2013 5:20:07 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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