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Delighting in Positive Discrimination—or "Discernment": A True Case History

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When we talk about being "color blind" and not letting a person's differences block advancement, we sometimes overlook differences in personality and temperament. By ignoring these innate tendencies, companies may run into problems when it comes to hiring and promotion and make decisions that inadvertently reinforce racism. In this unusually frank essay, organizational consultant and expert K.T. Connor provides a case history of what can happen when thinking patterns are overlooked—and provides practical advice to human resources professionals on how to overcome such a bias when they're in the process of assessment through the use of more sophisticated evaluation tools such as axiometrics.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-06-01

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