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Imagine a brand-new corporate office with modern furniture, warm colors on the walls, plush carpet. Inside, the employees are buzzing with creativity and enthusiasm. But there’s something strange happening in this workplace: Some of the employees—primarily men—speak in a language that most women and minorities in the office do not understand. Those who are fluent use this language to conduct business, make deals, forge friendships and cement business networks. Those who aren’t are excluded.
The question is: Why hasn’t everyone who works here learned to speak in this same elusive language? Why didn’t…
Credit to Deborah M. Gray for the original post.