Unspoken Rules - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

If the resounding thud of your head hitting the glass ceiling has become commonplace, take control. In Empowering Yourself: The Organizational Game Revealed, Harvey J. Coleman exposes the nature, structure and guiding principles of the corporate game–one that must be thoroughly understood and skillfully played to ensure success in the business world. A casualty of corporate culture, Coleman share his experiences and insights with refreshing candor.

He defines the unwritten rules, guidelines and language that permeate the workplace and gives tips for developing a game plan. For example, Coleman says that business attire represents a form nonverbal communication in the workplace. Years ago, as a recent hire at a major corporation with an “unwritten white shirt code,” Coleman was confronted by his boss about wearing a blue shirt each day. His boss told him it sent the message that he did not want to be part of the team. Coleman knew that, as the only black person in his department, he was rebelling against the “cloud of white” that surrounded him.
Written for both the frustrated and the currently content, the book reveals the secrets of getting on a winning track and staying there.

Empowering Yourself: The Organizational Game Revealed, by Harvey J. Coleman, Kendall/Hunt Publishing; $24.95

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