What Works: Gender Equality by Design

What Works Gender Equality by Design Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative But unconscious bias holds us back and de biasing people s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive Diversity training programs have had lim

  • Title: What Works: Gender Equality by Design
  • Author: Iris Bohnet
  • ISBN: 9780674089037
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative But unconscious bias holds us back, and de biasing people s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash Behavioral design offers a new solution By de biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smGender equality is a moral and a business imperative But unconscious bias holds us back, and de biasing people s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash Behavioral design offers a new solution By de biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts Presenting research based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions What Works is built on new insights into the human mind It draws on data collected by companies, universities, and governments in Australia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, and other countries, often in randomized controlled trials It points out dozens of evidence based interventions that could be adopted right now and demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance What Works shows what can be done often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed.

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    1. This book was SO much better than I anticipated, and I am glad I happened across a recommendation for it. Iris Bohnet says in the back that this was a 10 year project, and in my opinion that shows in the level of concise, fascinating, and actionable material.As a game designer, the details on how to affect behavioral change were delicious. She does a great job of setting up how each chapter problem generally manifests, common mistakes to fix it, ways change have backfired, and successful methods [...]

    2. This was right up my alley. The application of organizational design to this sticky topic was successful, even though I am not sure my organizational would move to implement her suggestions.

    3. probably the most pragmatic books on changing organizational culture that I've ever read. Over the course of the book, Bohnet offers 36 research-grounded design suggestions for achieving gender equality in the workplace. The use of the word "design" here is intentional: Bohnet is a behavioral economist, and the book offers much in the way of behavioral design from that perspective. Bohnet presents a careful review of current research -- occasionally, this can be a bit dizzying as she walks throu [...]

    4. I saw the author present some of the highlights from her then-forthcoming book at a Gender Initiative seminar in December 2015 and became really interested to read the full book.I was underwhelmed by the book itself.First, she has a much more moderate approach/tone than I -- which I expect is somewhat by necessity, given the audience, but which put me off from the beginning. (I was also really put off by her use of the term "political correctness" in the "Crafting Groups" chapter. It's drawing o [...]

    5. Quote: "Grieg demonstrated that a candidate's assertiveness had nothing to do with his or her performance, meaning the more assertive employee, but not necessary the best performer, was being promoted."The first half of this book is utterly depressing ("things suck and there's not much we can do about it"). The next quarter is much more positive, but not quite enough to make up for the first half.It's about 1/4 footnotes/bibliography, which I love.Something I'm on the fence about: Bohnet makes l [...]

    6. Best for schools or other large institutions looking for politically safe ways to reduce gender (and, to some extent, racial) bias. The relentless push for experimentation and measurement is unfortunately not especially practical for organizations too small to run experiments with any kind of statistical significance. However, for these smaller groups, this book can act as a conservative introduction to unconscious bias, and it does offer some specific organizational changes that have been demon [...]

    7. I wanted to like this book more than I did, and still see this as an excellent resource for folks just kicking off equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at their company. Compared to similar books, this one is easy to read and presents actionable insights. Why this wasn't rated higher for me:1. She writes advice for how the world is, not how the world should be. Similar to 'Lean In', Bohnet is NOT wrong to encourage women to, say, negotiate more for their pay. She IS wrong to stop there, [...]

    8. Ich bin gespalten im Kern ist es ein gutes Buch, das zum Nachdenken über die Gestaltung unserer Arbeitswelt anregt. Welche Bilder hängen wir auf, welche Werte vermitteln wir den Angestellten und wie lässt sich überhaupt ein Umfeld schaffen, in dem Diversität möglich wird. Hier kann man viel mitnehmen. Dies aber vor allem dann, wenn man sich noch nie mit dem Thema beschäftigt hat.Meine Probleme sind: 1. Diese amerikansiche Art der Vermittlung per Massen an Beispielen bläht das Werk unnöt [...]

    9. What Works is a thoroughly researched, compelling work that addresses questions that have become increasingly compelling and important as companies of all sizes consider how to address gender equality in the workplace. Bohnet walks the reader through multiple aspects of the situation from research, long-held assumptions, to the techniques that just seem to work.Her focus is on removing biases not from individuals, but institutions whether this is through better policies or specifically engaging [...]

    10. I think the first portion makes an excellent primer on “yes, gender inequality in the workplace is a thing” for folks who may need some convincing. The book really shines when Bohnet moves from that introduction into what we can actually do to nudge our cultures towards equality and improvement.

    11. Focusing on the practical and bulwarked with many controlled studies, this book focuses on putting gender equity ideals into practice but also has many ramifications for other equity-seeking groups.

    12. I can't stop quoting this book. It's brilliant and helpful. I've never had the subject of gender inequality discussed in such a practical way.

    13. Awesome read! Well documented, easy to read, comprehensive a thorough investigation into how we can design work and educational spaces to promote gender and other forms of equality

    14. I love this book. I believe it is the best book (both practical and well-written) I ever read on the topic 'gender' (I did read quite a few ;)

    15. A deeply insightful book highlighting the lack of (mainly gender) diversity in workplaces. Iris Bohnet details the different biases we all have and provides suggestions on how we could improve the scenario. I like the fact that the book is heavily based on a number of research findings. But what bothers me is the generality of many of the suggestions (things I would have encountered on blog posts). Overall a great read!

    16. helpful, especially to understand biases and design structures accordingly -- not only for gender, but race/ethnicity, etc

    17. I thought this book was solid, and perhaps the best resource currently available in its topic area, given that it's an area that has been moving fast recently. The information is the best part about it. The weakness is in structure; it's information dumping in a series of paragraphs strung loosely together. Yes they are sorted roughly into chapters but I couldn't tell you what would be found where based on the chapter titles or overviews. Topic changes are not always signaled and there are few s [...]

    18. The jolting examples of gender bias in the early chapters (the gender composition of US symphonic orchestras in the 70s and the case study analysis conducted by two groups of Harvard students) get your attention and would surely persuade the strongest of gender gap deniers that we have a problem. That said, this book left me contemplating bias in general, as much as gender bias. How much of what we think and do is shaped by our biases (for better and for worse)? Turns out everything! Does that m [...]

    19. An interesting and somewhat depressing summary of studies on the topic. This book won't come as a surprise to anyone with an interest in these issues. I think I have come across references to most of the studies cited, especially on women and negotiation.A clearer, more direct title might help it reach its target audience better. I agree with another reviewer's comment that the chapter summaries weren't really that useful.

    20. It is a simple,well written book, with a focus on the practical. There is so little out there on what to do about diversity that just having an easily readable book on simple experiments is a big win. I only wish that there was more rigour - there are too many sweeping statements too frequently coming out single small studies. It is a good book to start thinking about design and a great first step for anyone starring to look at this area.

    21. Harvard professor Iris Bohnet delivers her argument for workplace gender equality in an accessible, enjoyable and meticulously documented book. It’s no wonder that What Works was chosen as one of six finalists for the 2016 Business Book of the Year. Organizations that care about equity – especially but not exclusively gender equity – will find practical, actionable advice in What Works.

    22. Good advice to achieve gender equality in the training and management of talent within schools and the workplace. Bohnet bolsters her arguments with solid evidence, yet encourages more experimentation in the application of behavorial design. My only issue with the book is the frequent abrupt transitions between ideas.

    23. This is a fantastic book full of actionable, data-backed advice. Be prepared to take notes! This is a short book, but it is packed to the brim with interesting facts and takeaways that you don't want to forget.

    24. Really good source for unpacking unconsious bias. Research based but not dry. Lots of stories putting the research in context.

    25. Incredibly thorough and practical research about a murky area of study, offering sound and pragmatic advice. Almost half of the page count is footnotes too, so a good gateway to research

    26. Great ideas, great intention, well documented. However, it lacks structure on the second half, making it less useful for immediate practical use than it could have been.

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