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Building a House for Diversity: How a Fable About a Giraffe & an Elephant Offers New Strategies for Today's Workforce / Edition 1
     

Building a House for Diversity: How a Fable About a Giraffe & an Elephant Offers New Strategies for Today's Workforce / Edition 1

by R. Roosevelt Thomas
 

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ISBN-10: 0814404634

ISBN-13: 2900814404637

Pub. Date: 06/11/1999

Publisher: AMACOM

What could an elephant and a giraffe teach people about working together? Some very important lessons, it seems, about the complex--and critically important--issues of dealing with diversity in the workforce. Building a House for Diversity begins with a short fable about how a friendship between the two animals is threatened when the house built for a tall, skinny

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What could an elephant and a giraffe teach people about working together? Some very important lessons, it seems, about the complex--and critically important--issues of dealing with diversity in the workforce. Building a House for Diversity begins with a short fable about how a friendship between the two animals is threatened when the house built for a tall, skinny giraffe cannot accommodate his invited guest, a broad, bulky elephant. Using this story as a vivid metaphor for the difficult issues inherent in diversity, the book goes on to demonstrate how managing diversity can be seen as a set of skills that anyone can learn--and use.

In a way that makes diversity management up close and personal, Building a House for Diversity offers compelling, real-life stories of individual experiences at work. It includes:

  • the perspective of both insiders (usually white males) and outsiders (usually minorities or women)
  • insightful commentary illuminating what these experiences tell us about the challenges and opportunities of diversity
  • a particularly interesting segment on Phil Jackson, legendary Chicago Bulls coach, and how he dealt with diversity issues in his relationships to Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippin, and others
  • hands-on guidance to help readers become diversity mature and take personal responsibility for their attitudes and actions.
Throughout, the book reflects the seminal thinking of R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., a pioneer in articulating the concepts of managing diversity. In this book, he has produced his most creative and practical approach to this continuing challenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900814404637
Publisher:
AMACOM
Publication date:
06/11/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276

Table of Contents

Part I: A Modern Fable
1. The Giraffe and the Elephant
2. Diversity Effectiveness: An Overview
Part II: Head Giraffes in Action
Introduction: Who Are the Head Giraffes?
3. A Natural Diversity Manager--Phil Jackson
4. The Making of a Diversity Manager--Bill Smith
5. Diversity Effectiveness: The Challenges for Head Giraffes
Part III: Elephants in Action
Introduction: Who Are the Elephants?
6. The Assimilated Elephants--Ray and Carol
7. The Angry Elephants--Debra and Mark
8. The Pioneering Elephants--Joan and Richard
9. Diversity Effectiveness: The Challenges for Elephants
Part IV: Giraffes in Action
Introduction: Who Are the Giraffes?
10. The Assimilated Giraffe--George
11. The Uncompromising Giraffe--Jeff
12. The Pioneering Giraffe--Kirk
13. Diversity Effectiveness: The Challenges for Giraffes
Part V: Moving Toward Diversity Effectiveness
14. The Individual Journey
15. The Organizational Journey.

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