Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity

Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity

by Frederick A. Miller, Judith H. Katz
     
 

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Constant, continuing, and cataclysmic change is causing a major crisis within business organizations today. Faced with constantly advancing technology, unpredictable market shifts, intense global competition, and an increasingly independent "free agent" workforce, the only way for an organization to adapt and succeed is to build a "culture of inclusion" that nurtures… See more details below

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Constant, continuing, and cataclysmic change is causing a major crisis within business organizations today. Faced with constantly advancing technology, unpredictable market shifts, intense global competition, and an increasingly independent "free agent" workforce, the only way for an organization to adapt and succeed is to build a "culture of inclusion" that nurtures and draws on the talents of a diverse workforce.
Easy to say but hard to do; most organizations are mired in industrial revolution, static-world business models administered by monocultural, bordering-on-oppressive, "command and control" hierarchies. Organizations at risk include Fortune 500 giants, entrepreneurial start-ups, manufacturing and retail operations, government agencies, not-for-profits, educational institutions, and others.
Most organizational change efforts-whether labeled as diversity efforts, re-engineering, right-sizing, or total-quality-management-are a waste of time, money, and human effort. Most produce more cynicism than results, and they can poison the waters for future change efforts. The Inclusion Breakthrough cuts a path through this potential minefield, offering a proven methodology for strategic organizational change, including models for diagnosing, planning, and implementing inclusion-focused, culture-change strategies tailored to each organization's individual needs. It also describes the key competencies for leading and sustaining a culture of inclusion.
Offering real-world results of "before and after" surveys, including anecdotal and statistical reports of organizational change achieved using the methodologies described, The Inclusion Breakthrough presents an overview of current workplace conditions, attitudes, and policies based on interviews, surveys, and focus groups encompassing thousands of people in major organizations. The Inclusion Breakthrough demonstrates why the bottom line must be the central focus of any change strategy-and more importantly, how to carry that strategy out successfully.

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Publishers Weekly
Today's organizations can boost their success by building workplace cultures that draw on the strengths of a diverse workforce, say consultants Frederick A. Miller and Judith H. Katz. In their new book, The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity, the authors say "diversity in a box" (smothering diversity) has prevented many organizations from achieving true success. "Capitalizing on diversity requires more than simply hiring a diverse workforce," they say. "Radical changes are needed also in both the structure and culture of most organizations." With diagrams, tables and specific tips, Miller and Katz put in plain words how to make these changes. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Written by leaders of one of the largest consulting firms specializing in diversity, this book makes the case that leveraging the diversity of the workforce and creating an inclusive culture are essential components of a high-performing organization in the 21st century. The coauthors explain why leveraging diversity is essential and describe models for diagnosing, planning, and implementing inclusion-focused culture change strategies. Miller is president and CEO, and Katz is executive vice president, of a consulting firm. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609943608
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/02/2002
Series:
0
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
360,889
File size:
1 MB

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