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This practical, accessible, nonjudgmental book is the first to help individuals and organizations recognize and prevent microaggressions so that all employees can feel a sense of belonging in their workplace. 

Our workplace and society are growing more diverse, but are we supporting inclusive cultures? While overt racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination are relatively easy to spot, we cannot neglect the subtler everyday actions that normalize exclusion. Many have heard the term microaggression, but not everyone fully understands what they are or how to recognize them and stop them from happening.

In this book, Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran offer a clearer, more accessible term, subtle acts of exclusion, or SAEs, to emphasize the purpose and effects of these actions. After all, people generally aren’t trying to be aggressive. Usually, they’re trying to say something nice, learn more about a person, be funny, or build closeness. But whether in the form of exaggerated stereotypes, backhanded compliments, unfounded assumptions, or objectification, SAE are damaging to our coworkers, friends, and acquaintances.

Jana and Baran give simple and clear tools to identify and address such acts, offering scripts and action plans for everybody involved: the subject, initiator, and observer. Knowing how to have these conversations in an open-minded, honest way will help us build trust and create stronger workplaces and healthier, happier people and communities.

©2020 Tiffany Jana & Michael Baran (P)2020 Tiffany Jana & Michael Baran

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Definitely Gives Value to Professional Culture

I enjoyed it. There was a lot of insight into how this can happen. Where we can disrupt or be actionable in creating new or remove unworkable ways that people engage with each other in professional spaces. I'd recommend people understand how to make it a ha it of listening or critically thinking about this for growth and performance building. Thanks!

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A Must Read!

What an amazing commentary on our unintentional biases that gives a step by step approach to successfully deal with them in a positive and respectful way without becoming defensive.

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Must Read!

Eye opening knowledge. You will not see the world around you through the same lens once you read and absorb this knowledge.