When Talking About Bias Backfires, by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg

“A FATHER and his son are in a car accident. The father is killed and the son is seriously injured. The son is taken to the hospital where the surgeon says, ‘I cannot operate, because this boy is my son.’

“This popular brain teaser dates back many years, but it remains relevant today; 40 to 75 percent of people still can’t figure it out. Those who do solve it usually take a few minutes to fathom that the boy’s mother could be a surgeon. Even when we have the best of intentions, when we hear ‘surgeon’ or ‘boss,’ the image that pops into our minds is often male.

“Our culture’s strong gender stereotypes extend beyond image to performance, leading us to believe that men are more competent than women. Managers — both male and female — continue to favor men over equally qualified women in hiring, compensation, performance evaluation and promotion decisions. This limits opportunities for women and deprives organizations of valuable talent.”
Read more: When Talking About Bias Backfires, by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg, NY Times, December 6, 2014

WIM Book Club First Book: My Brief History, by Stephen Hawking

Next WIM Book Club Meeting
Date: December 8, 2014, Monday
Time: Noon to 1:00
Location: Norris Library West Conference Room
Book to be discussed: My Brief History, by Stephen Hawking, ISBN: 978-0-345-53528-3, 144 pages

“Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time—one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.”
My Brief History, by Stephen Hawking
ISBN: 978-0-345-53528-3 Audio excerpt

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At our next WIM Book Club meeting we will also choose our first fiction book.

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