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Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:06 PM

When a woman or person of color becomes CEO, white men have a strange reaction

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/when-a-woman-or-person-of-color-becomes-ceo-white-men-have-a-strange-reaction-2018-02-23

When Barbara Krumsiek took over as chief executive of a socially responsible investment firm 20 years ago, she came in armed with a “game plan.”

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But despite her efforts, Krumsiek wasn’t able to convince everyone to buy into her leadership, at least initially. Some of her direct reports reacted enthusiastically to her appointment, some appeared outwardly positive, but maintained some skepticism, and some were just altogether unsatisfied.

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New research adds some context to Krumsiek’s experience. When companies appoint a woman or person of color as CEO, white men, on average, don’t appear to react very well, according to a study set to be published in the Academy of Management Journal’s April issue. Instead, the examination of 1,000 executives working at large and mid-sized public companies found that top white male leaders tended to become less helpful to other workers — particularly women and people of color — after the appointment of a minority-status CEO.

“They actually identify less, psychologically, with the organization after the appointment of a minority CEO and that reduces their propensity to help their colleagues,” said James Westphal, a finance professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and one of the authors of the study. “Our theory is that the appointment of minority CEOs triggers biases.”


I guess I wouldn't call it "strange" -- some of us have been witnessing it our whole lives.

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Reply When a woman or person of color becomes CEO, white men have a strange reaction (Original post)
WhiskeyGrinder Mar 2018 OP
brush Mar 2018 #1
Initech Mar 2018 #3
WhiteTara Mar 2018 #2
Motownman78 Mar 2018 #4
meadowlander Mar 2018 #5
Mariana Mar 2018 #6
bettyellen Mar 2018 #7
WhiskeyGrinder Mar 2018 #8
Corvo Bianco Mar 2018 #9

Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:13 PM

1. Not a surprise. Wonder if the country will ever get past white male privilege?

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Response to brush (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:22 PM

3. I think the whole world needs to get past it.

White male privilege is not just an American problem - it's a global problem. Look at what's happening in Italy. Or France. Or England. Or Russia. White supremacism is on the rise everywhere. It's getting scary out there. And I don't see it slowing down any time soon. If we want to end this problem we must find the source of it. Hatred isn't going away - it's getting worse.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:18 PM

2. And or experienced those biases

our whole lives.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:26 PM

4. Sigh, considering the company

 

I work for is 90% women (with a female CEO), I have difficulty believing this is as widespread as this article suggests.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:31 PM

5. Only 5% of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs

so potentially your experience is not the norm.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:43 PM

6. Hasty Generalization Fallacy:

Making assumptions about a whole group or range of cases based on a sample that is inadequate, usually because it is atypical or too small.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

7. Dont you realize that most workplaces are pretty much the reverse- with the bulk of important jobs

 

Held by men? And these men subconsciously believe that’s the right way to do things? And honestly if it bothers you as much as it sounds like, you basically have anywhere else to get a job, where you’ll very likely be overvalued because of your gender. That’s still the norm.
Get out of your bubble!

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 3, 2018, 12:30 AM

8. LMAO.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2018, 01:32 AM

9. Are white men the wimpiest demo the world has ever known

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