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In this groundbreaking guide, a management expert outlines the transformative leadership skill of tomorrow - one that can make it possible to build truly diverse and inclusive teams that value employees’ need to belong while being themselves.  

Humans have two basic desires: to stand out and to fit in. Companies respond by creating groups that tend to the extreme - where everyone fits in and no one stands out, or where everyone stands out and no one fits in. How do we find that happy medium where workers can demonstrate their individuality while also feeling they belong?

The answer, according to Stefanie Johnson, is to Inclusify. In this essential handbook, she explains what it means to Inclusify and how it can be used to strengthen any business. Inclusifying - unlike “diversifying” or “including” - implies a continuous, sustained effort toward helping diverse teams feel engaged, empowered, accepted, and valued. It’s no use having diversity if everyone feels like an outsider, she contends.

In her research, Johnson found common problems leaders exhibit that frustrate their attempts to create diverse and cohesive teams. Leaders who underestimated the importance of group coherence and dynamics often have employees who do not feel like they belong; leaders who ignore the benefits of listening to different perspectives leave some people feeling like they cannot be their authentic selves.

By contrast, leaders who Inclusify can forge strong relationships with their teams, inspire greater productivity from all of their workers, and create a more positive environment for everyone. Having a true range of different voices is good for the bottom line - it allows for the development of the best, most innovative, and creative solutions that are essential to success. 

Inclusify reveals the unexpected ways that well-intentioned leaders undermine their teams, explains how to recognize the myths and misperceptions that drive these behaviors, and provides practical strategies to become an Inclusifyer. By learning why uniqueness and belonging are so imperative, leaders can better understand what makes their employees tick and find ways to encourage them to be themselves while ensuring they feel like they are fully part of the group. The result is a fully engaged team filled with diverse perspectives - the key to creating innovative and imaginative ideas that drive value.

©2020 Stefanie Johnson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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I'm a fan of psychology and leadership books, but not a fan of DIE principles (Diversity, inclusion, equity) as they have been tried and tested to be historically dangerous. I worry that under the "social equality" umbrella, we are raising weak, uninformed and naive youth that are out of touch with the realities of the world. I truly believe Dr Johnson is coming from a place of good intention, like most, and it all SEEMS good, but there are so many half truths, "often" and "many" statements and undertone of white man hating, patriarchy smashing, "it's not your fault you're racist/sexist/homophobic" it makes my head spin. From the psychological perspective, there are so many issues with implicit bias starting with the implicit association test to the retraining data being extremely limited, neutral at best and negative at worst and counter to the narrative! And not to mention the fact that implicit bias rarely manifests in behavior as stated by countless studies (see multiple by the creators of the IA test). But hats off to the author as DIE is definately a growth industry with many people/companies trying to appear more virtuous that the other guy. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this book sells 0 copies in China, India, Russia and most other places in the East where societies are far less egalitarian as a whole compared to the West. The West has been the apple of the world's eye so many years and still is, but yet I find it interesting people try to "fix" all the perceived radical inequalities within it from toxic masculinity to gender inequality to racial diversity. All these statements are absolutley smashed when you ask the simple question,

"compared to what or where?".

Is Japan, Iceland or Uganda racially diverse within business or as societies? How about the 70+ countries where being gay is not only frowned upon, but is ridiculously and unjustly considered A CRIME! Are women's rights celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Russia or the countless other countries with draconian anti women laws/sentiment.

Don't waste your time and money on this book, read ANYTHING by Carl Jung, Frankl, Piaget or (although not my favorite) Carl Rogers. Also there are a wealth of economic books by Thomas Sowell like, "Basic Economics", or "Economic Facts and Falicies" that offer significant historical world/US context and statistics.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 2020-06-06

A must listen to

Amanda Dolan is an outstanding narrator and Stephanie K. Johnson is an excellent author although chapter 9 came out preachy.

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