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Allyship – All you ever wanted to know but never dared to ask

Allyship – All you ever wanted to know but never dared to ask

SKU: 6087
Authors: Lucy Grimwade, David Barrow CITP MBCS
Publishers: IT Governance Publishing
Format: eBook
ISBN13: 9781787785304
Pages: 290
Published: 30 Jul 2024
Availability: Pre-order
Format: ePub
ISBN13: 9781787785311
Pages: 290
Published: 30 Jul 2024
Availability: Pre-order

In their first co-authored book, Lucy Grimwade and David Barrow emphasise the importance of allyship in the workplace. They offer a female and a male perspective on the following scenarios, based on their own experience within the ITSM (IT service management) industry:

  • Chapter 1: The job description
  • Chapter 2: Application rejection, being ghosted and acceptance
  • Chapter 3: The interview
  • Chapter 4: The first day
  • Chapter 5: Are they listening to me? (female perspective); they cannot get enough of me (male perspective)
  • Chapter 6: Is there bias at work here?
  • Chapter 7: Who can help me? How can I help myself?
  • Chapter 8: What next?

The authors review the process of applying for and starting a job, using case studies and their own experiences, as well as those of guest contributors, to demonstrate how people from marginalised communities need allies in the workplace to ensure they are treated equally and awarded the same opportunities as those from dominant social groups.

This book is available for pre-order and is expected to be published on 30 July 2024. Orders will be fulfilled once the book is available.

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Allyship – All you ever wanted to know but never dared to ask

The Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries defines allyship as:

“the state of being an ally (= a person who helps and supports somebody) to a particular group of people that you yourself do not belong to, in order to help ensure their basic rights and ability to be happy and successful in society.”

It is a term being used within marginalised social groups and is an evolving concept in the working world. An Allies-In-Action study highlighted that 90% of men stated that they had given a woman credit for her contributions in a meeting, however only 40% of women reported such male ally behaviour.

This book exposes the systemic problems that arise from a patriarchal work culture, and centres on two IT professionals who have worked across multiple industries and see the same male dominance in each of them. Ultimately, the book will guide the reader to question and improve their own behaviours to act as allies to everyone, regardless of gender, self-identification, race or religion.

The authors invite and integrate the perspective of those people whose shoes they have never stepped in and intertwine their perspectives via personal stories.

About the author

Lucy Grimwade completed a Computing BSc and then followed a somewhat linear path in ITSM/as an IT professional.

In 2018, after going through personal and professional challenges, she embarked on a journey to become a qualified professional coach. Lucy has completed more than 200 hours of coaching, has a coaching diploma with the internationally recognised ICF, and holds additional qualifications in NLP and CBT.

Lucy classes herself as a modern-day feminist. She is passionate about empowering and doing the right thing by and for women. Lucy also hosted a podcast called “Talk Female Friday” to share stories and advice from real women in real situations.

She is a huge advocate for allyship. She is focused on making sure that all people, especially women and people of colour, are not only invited to the table but also have a seat, a voice and a contribution.

David Barrow has more than 30 years’ experience working in IT ‘service’ roles. He has made a career out of IT, starting out in small businesses and gradually becoming a trusted consultant to a number of large global organisations.

David acts as a mentor to people at various levels both in partnership with Reed within the ‘Women in Technology’ initiative and as a committee member for ITSM and ITAM for the British Computer Society. He is also part of a committee for the British Standards Institute looking at education in service management.

David is passionate about acting as an ally, having benefitted from some great allies – but he’s also seen how people can be let down based on their gender, religion or life choices, and he’d like to help level this field.

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