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We know why diversity is important, but how do we drive real change at work? Diversity and inclusion expert Jennifer Brown provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive. 

Human potential is unleashed when we feel like we belong. That’s why inclusive workplaces experience higher engagement, performance, and profits. But the reality is that many people still feel unable to bring their true selves to work. In a world where the talent pool is becoming increasingly diverse, it’s more important than ever for leaders to truly understand how to support inclusion. 

Drawing on years of work with many leading organizations, Jennifer Brown shows what leaders at any level can do to spark real change. She guides readers through the Inclusive Leader Continuum, a set of four developmental stages: unaware, aware, active, and advocate. Brown describes the hallmarks of each stage, the behaviors and mind-sets that inform it, and what listeners can do to keep progressing. Whether you’re a powerful CEO or a new employee without direct reports, there are actions you can take that can drastically change the day-to-day reality for your colleagues and the trajectory of your organization. 

Anyone can - and should - be an inclusive leader. Brown lays out simple steps to help you understand your role, boost your self-awareness, take action, and become a better version of yourself in the process. This book will meet you where you are and provide a road map to create a workplace of greater mutual understanding where everyone’s talents can shine.

©2019 Jennifer Brown (P)2019 Jennifer Brown

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  • J. Gordon
  • 14-10-19

For all aspiring male allies

I am an aspiring male ally to underrepresented and misunderstood groups in the workplace. I work for a Fortune 50 company and have for 22 years. The long-overdue cultural transformation in the workplace is a journey - and it doesn't matter if you are just starting or have been actively bought in and contributing for a decade or more. It's still a journey. I know that sounds cliche, but it is true - what diversity and INCLUSION means in the workplace, how it is defined and how we attain it, is not a fixed target. Rather it changes frequently and so if you want to help, if you aspire to contribute, then you will need assistance. Jennifer Brown's book should be required reading for aspiring male (or any kind, really) allies in the workplace. It lays out a framework from which to understand the challenge. It gives common sense, yet not commonly understood, tools to help navigate that framework. It helps you understand because only if you truly understand not only the problem but also the benefits of addressing it. Brown herself does a masterful job of narrating. As all audible addicts know, authors who choose to also narrate often ruin their own books. Jennifer, as you will understand when you listen to the book, could choose a profession in narration. Thank you Jennifer for your contributions to this critical area of business - and societal - evolution.

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  • Kati Murphy
  • 11-11-21

How To Judge Individuals based on Externalitie

I hope that you reading this are inclusive about the diversity of my ideas and opinions because the author surely is not. The author defines inclusion and diversity in a narrow band that SOLEY fits into the world view that she and like-minded people hold. Nothing wrong with that until you call yourself "inclusive" while excluding all other world views. Let's get into it!

We read this book as a leadership team and thankfully a little over half of us are adamantly opposed to the ideas of treating people differently based on their immutable qualities like their sex or the color of their skin. If you're looking for attempts at justifications to make hiring/firing and promotion decisions then you'll enjoy this read. If, however, you truly are interested in hiring the best candidates regardless of their protected qualities (as US law demands) then, like me, you'll struggle to get through this book. You'll be in awe that despite the long and brutal outcomes of division by race, the ideas are still being promoted as "just" and "revolutionary."

The author will label you as "unaware" for not wanting to discriminate against your fellow man for qualities over which they have no control. However, I believe that the truly unaware ones are those who have not considered (or ignore) the effects of dividing peoples based on their individual, God-given characteristics.

I do not recommend this book if you're truly seeking an inclusive environment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-21

My first book club book

Great book club discussion with leaders at work. This was a very timely book. They leaders requested more book club discussions.

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  • Jenny
  • 21-07-21

Horrible

For work this book was selected as out quarterly book review. Has a horrible book that doesn't really teach you anything but instead puts label's on people and groups. I wouldn't waste your time on this book.

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  • Sergio A.
  • 06-12-19

Definitely took Unexpected Turn

Not a big fan of watching people Victimizing themselves. I understand the point Jennifer was trying to make , the approach could of been different.