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Seen, heard, and paid : the new work rules for the marginalized

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  • 158.6089 H5211 (CEN)

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First edition.

Publication Information

New York : Rodale, [2022]

Physical Description

vii, 274 pages ; 24 cm


"For over twenty years, Alan Henry has written about using technology and productivity techniques to work and live better for publications such as Lifehacker, The New York Times, and Wired. But he found that as a Black man he didn't have access to some of the more powerful ways to hack your job--like only checking email once a day or blocking out time on your calendar to do deep work. In fact, he found that even when he landed a prestigious title at the Times, there were moments when he was still overlooked and excluded from the most interesting and career-boosting work. This led him to first explore these struggles in a Times piece titled 'Productivity Without Privilege.' Now he goes even deeper, interviewing experts across multiple fields to come up with powerful tools to overcome the forces of marginalization. In Seen, Heard, and Paid, Henry shares the new work rules that may finally allow people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ folks to have the same access to career advancement and rewarding work as those with more privilege."--Provided by publisher.


  • Inclusion only works if everybody buys in (Being marginalized)
  • Even "positive" stereotypes have negative impact (Microaggressions)
  • Trust your experience (Gaslighting)
  • Only spend time on work that gets you attention (Being seen)
  • Office housework will never get you ahead (Getting the glamour work)
  • Figure out your unique contribution (Being a superstar)
  • Be a problem solver, not a problem complainer (Managing up)
  • Don't fall for productivity porn (Prioritizing your work)
  • Give your in-box its time, but no more (Being mindful)
  • Create the productivity system that works for you (Doing the work)
  • Always look busy (Focusing on the important work)
  • Protect yourself (Tracking your work)
  • Set and protect your boundaries (Working remotely)
  • Data is power, and power is money (Getting paid)
  • Your job is not your friend (Knowing when to go).

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