Some of America's most successful minority executives have confronted workplace prejudice using positive, proactive strategies, says a recent study by Korn/Ferry International and Columbia Business School. These strategies include:
- Giving direct feedback to correct the situation.
- Reframing the situation as an opportunity for learning how things are done within the organization.
- Analyzing the situation and developing a plan.
Some of the responses least likely used to address discrimination: ignoring the situation, withdrawing, or becoming angry. Of the minority executives surveyed, 59% say they've seen double standards in delegation of assignments, 55% have experienced harsh or unfair treatment of minorities by whites, and 45% have been the target of racial or cultural jokes. Many reveal they have needed to hold back anger to avoid being perceived as having a chip on their shoulder. For copies of the study,
Diversity in the Executive Suite: Creating Successful Career Paths and Strategies
, contact Stephanie Rosenfelt at Korn/Ferry, at 212/984-9316 or [email protected]