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The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business von [Browne, John]
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“Personal and instructive, The Glass Closet provides a compelling roadmap to what, as a society and as individuals, we can achieve if LGBT men and women are completely free from prejudice and anxiety because of who they are.” (--Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs)

The Glass Closet by John Browne is a brave and fascinating book that shows how businesses can lead the way in promoting gay rights and why being yourself is best for business and for you.” (--Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group)

“A courageous and salutary reminder that despite huge progress, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of tolerant and inclusive society of which business-as this book powerfully argues--must be a driving force.” (-- Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever)

“Culturally significant....[Browne] has taken pains to provide strikingly honest personal narratives and uses them to put a face on the problems at hand.” (Library Journal)


Part memoir and part social criticism, The Glass Closet addresses the issue of homophobia that still pervades corporations around the world and underscores the immense challenges faced by LGBT employees.

In The Glass Closet, Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP, seeks to unsettle business leaders by exposing the culture of homophobia that remains rampant in corporations around the world, and which prevents employees from showing their authentic selves.

Drawing on his own experiences, and those of prominent members of the LGBT community around the world, as well as insights from well-known business leaders and celebrities, Lord Browne illustrates why, despite the risks involved, self-disclosure is best for employees—and for the businesses that support them. Above all, The Glass Closet offers inspiration and support for those who too often worry that coming out will hinder their chances of professional success.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 932 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 245 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062316974
  • Verlag: HarperBusiness (17. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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HASH(0x8d5c0a8c) von 5 Sternen Interesting, honest, insightful and useful 19. Juni 2014
Von Sean Strub - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The Glass Closet is an excellent insight into what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in a corporate environment. John Browne shares key lessons through relating incidents experienced by LGBT people who work in business, ranging from blatant discrimination and stigmatization to more subtle expressions of heterosexual privilege that even straight people who are pro equality will find instructive. But the narrative that ties the book together, to which Browne returns throughout the book, is his own journey that eventually results in a spectacular scandal-infused outing that was not his choice. The themes of shame and fear are familiar, but written in an interesting way, from the perspective of a fast-rising corporate star. But the part of the book that most struck me was how reflective Browne became after he was outed in such a painful manner ("I wish I had been brave enough to come out earlier…") and then shares and explains his understanding how a corporate workplace that is safe and supportive of LGBT is good business, ultimately leading to greater profitability. The book is well-written, very readable, carrying me from chapter to chapter with ease, thorough (the sections on transgender issues are addressed in a sophisticated and appropriate manner) and all that much more interesting because it is coming from an unlikely activist voice. This is the first book I've read about LGBT issues in the workplace that is truly current, reflecting the vast changes in the cultural from even the past few years. A corporate HR department that doesn't make The Glass Closet required reading for their team is an HR office that is lagging behind.
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HASH(0x8d5c0ae0) von 5 Sternen The Glass Closet opens 11. September 2014
Von Paul Sanders - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
John Browne, the former CEO of British Petroleum, captures his own career experience by describing a presentation made by an employee at Raytheon to its senior management:

“I want you to go back to your offices and shut the door. Then I want you to remove all vestiges of your family, particularly your spouse. Put the pictures in the drawer and take off your wedding band.

You cannot talk about your family and where you went on vacation. And if your spouse is seriously ill, you are afraid to acknowledge your relationship because you are afraid you might lose your job.

Do all of that and see how productive you are.”

In his book, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, Browne shares his experiences of hiding his personal life. In doing so he examines the culture of discrimination that often prevents employees from being their best in the workplace.

Browne was CEO of BP for more than 12 years until he was ousted when the British media had a field day with the revelation that he was having an affair—with another man.

At the time, it could be argued, he was at the height of his career. He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999 to 2002. He was awarded 18 honorary degrees and was knighted in 1998. The author of two business books, he held degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities.

The Glass Closet shares his personal story, along with those of prominent leaders, celebrities, and members of the LGBT community. Among Browne’s goals are to demonstrate why, despite the risks, self-disclosure is best for employees and that doing so directly contributes to their companies’ profitability.

Browne’s premise is that despite the progress in recent years, gay rights remain a serious issue. Unfortunately, when it comes to diversity and inclusion, corporations are not doing all they can to lead the way. Ultimately, that is hurting companies and economies.

The author states the war for talent as “the principal reason that an increasing number of Fortune 500 companies see LGBT inclusiveness not as an option but as a necessity.” In 2002, 61 percent of those companies included sexual orientation in their corporate policies. By 2014, 91 percent prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Browne cites Louisville, Kentucky as one of the cities where change at numerous companies has been remarkable. Led by such companies as Brown-Forman, companies have worked through their policies to insure diversity.

“It’s far more costly for people to be in the closet, it’s just that you don’t see the impact,” says Ralph de Chabert, Brown-Forman’s chief diversity officer. “The impact is that you don’t get the creativity, productivity and innovation that you would have gotten otherwise.”

In addition to his career story and an exploration of the reasons companies profit from practices of inclusion, The Glass Closet is a call to action. Browne suggests that every company needs to set a clear, consistent direction to make LGBT people feel included, starting with policies. Second, companies must ensure that the tools of management are in place for such policies to be implemented. Browne lists seven actions in order to succeed, including actively setting direction from the top and clarifying expectations.

Such actions have proven successful for many of the world’s biggest corporations including JPMorgan Chase, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Apple and Campbell Soup, among others. Many corporations require that such policies extend to dealing with external suppliers. IBM’s supplier guidelines state that suppliers cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Browne also points out that “generational change is solving much of the problem of LGBT inclusion.” More and more young people entering the workforce have a different perspective on LBGT issues than previous generations.

Progress, however, must be actively pursued, Browne cautions. When businesses implement LBGT policies, it can be transformative for the entire organization whether medium-sized companies to a company like BP, the third largest in the world.

While leadership is essential to this change, ultimately, responsibility relies on LBGT employees, Browne says. These individuals set an encouraging example for men and women in the business world and for the acceptance of diversity in general.

With his distinguished career, Browne deserves applause for his leadership in the business world and his struggle with personal circumstances to succeed. With The Glass Closet, he has proven himself to be a leader against discrimination, one whose efforts deserve high praise.
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HASH(0x8d5c0f18) von 5 Sternen Not Enough Meat! 24. Juli 2014
Von Michael Barwig - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I was hoping that John would give us more details of his personal life and some of the uncomfortable situations that he had been in to keep himself in the closet. I have not yet finished the book, but he has been rehashing a lot of gay history that any gay person in the USA would already be aware of. I have to admit, I do like his writing style and he keeps the old history interesting - but for me this is not new information. I bought the book to learn more about him!

PS - I am a gay man and in the Petroleum Business myself and happily OUT at work.
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HASH(0x8d5c0f00) von 5 Sternen even those who were persecuted or worse for it 1. Juli 2014
Von Joseph M. Evangelisti - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I just finished reading Lord Browne's book, which is a compelling and candid personal story -- as well as an interesting and enjoyable read. But it's much more than that. It's a clear-eyed lesson about bringing your true self to work, respecting people who are different, not being a prisoner of a secret, and not underestimating the kindness and acceptance of colleagues, friends and families. I was inspired by this book and believe it can positively impact companies and lives around the world. I have never met someone who regretted coming out, even those who were persecuted or worse for it. In this great book, Lord Browne makes a business case, a moral case and happiness case for coming out and living a life to its fullest.
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HASH(0x8d45c1f8) von 5 Sternen John Browne's call for a "clear and consistent tone from the top...accompanied by stories that make the issue real." 21. Februar 2015
Von Andy Orrock - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This excellent, thoughtful book from John Browne mixes parts of his personal history with stirring, well-crafted passages detailing the author's current passion project as founder of The Glass Closet. That organization seeks to convince business leaders that "any policy that fosters an inclusive environment makes good business sense." As Browne says:

"Paul Reed, my former colleague at BP and now a senior executive there, puts it best: `I don't want people saving a quarter of their brain to hide who they are. I want them to apply their whole brain to their job.' Inclusion creates a level playing field, which allows the best talent to rise to the top. Respecting diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity should therefore be recognised as a matter of strategic importance to every company competing in the global market for talent."

Browne further relates what Peter Sands, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, said to him:

"[Sands] explains that being trapped in the closet is `miserable for individuals and bad for business. In a world where business success is all about unleashing people's creative energy and imagination, it makes no sense to cripple so much talent.' The evidence points in one direction: people are more satisfied and more productive when they can bring their whole selves to work."

That's really what this book is about: issuing a call for inclusiveness that allows talent to flourish and personal productivity to be realized, regardless of sexual identity. Browne's thesis is that achieving these goals is going to take a combination of "clear and consistent tone from the top...accompanied by stories that make the issue real."

Browne's asks that "[e]mployees who have come about their experiences, because there is nothing more effective than real-life examples at dispelling fears." The author's call is tinged with regret that he did not have the opportunity to be one of those examples on his own terms. Instead, he was famously and publicly outed.

In this book, he recounts his life over that tumultuous period. The pain is still clearly raw. While he lays his soul bare, those you looking for real dirt from Browne will need to look elsewhere. The Glass Closet is not that book. Consider "The Glass Closet" making up for lost time: this John Browne confidently looks forward, not backwards. His book is a spirited, well-reasoned call for "leaders who have a deep understanding of authenticity, and for the emotional and human investment that is required for LGBT employees to feel comfortable coming out at work."
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