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Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance Hardcover – August 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1442210431 ISBN-10: 1442210435 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1 edition (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442210435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442210431
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An appropriate subtitle for this book might be No Easy Answers. Veteran diversity consultant Ross
recognizes and well articulates the reasons why inclusion simply hasn’t taken root in many corporations as well as the reasons why well-meaning efforts don’t work. Many questions are asked here, but few are answered directly; yet the author underscores the fact that the journey to real diversity means listening intently and demonstrating patience, perseverance, and a deeper understanding of all communities involved rather than pretending to know all the answers. Philosophy aside (and there’s plenty to ruminate on), Ross shares different frameworks to help drive home a true change in thinking: nine steps to manage unconscious bias, eight basic principles of organizational communities, concentric circles of stakeholder resistance, and more. Architecture alone won’t transform an organization into one that’s culturally competent. Instead, read his account of a much-needed change at an inner-city midwestern hospital. Then apply his guidelines elsewhere.
(Booklist)

Ross, a corporate consultant, discusses problems with diversity programs and offers advice on how to improve their success. Personal stories, quotes from senior managers, research studies, statistics, lists, and interviews dominate the book. Diversity programs often fail because employee attendance is mandatory and the success of such programs is ill defined. Diversity is viewed as a human resource issue to many employees. Ross advises that diversity programs should develop a sense of organizational inclusion in terms of decision-making, responsibility, and leadership. The author's model requires a conscious shift affecting strategic planning, stakeholder development, organizational systems, and accountability. Ross provides numerous stories to help explain his diversity ideas, including the Fosbury Flop, the QWERTY keyboard, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates's arrest at his home in Cambridge, and Stanley Milgram's research. The book concludes with basic principles of organizational community; steps to manage unconscious biases; and a model of building a culture of inclusion and cultural competency. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional readership. (CHOICE)

I applaud Howard Ross for raising the issues, for bringing his heart, soul, spirit and passion to an issue he has devoted much of his life to. We have no choice but to embrace diversity, and Howard says we must confront our own biases in that embracing, and in our effort to construct a more inclusive society. His words ain't nothing but the truth, embracing my Ebonics. This is mind-expanding and important work. (Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College for Women)

In ReInventing Diversity, Howard Ross explains that creating what he calls "Organizational Community" requires vision, which sounds like a platitude. Then we read on to discover that vision is much more than sight, or even foresight. Vision involves an intense level of focus and planning that anticipate the role of diversity in the globalized 21st century. If Howard Ross didn't exist, we'd have to invent him. Or at least reinvent him. (Kojo Nnamdi, Host, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU FM, Washington DC)

Howard Ross’ global and academic experiences are artfully reflected in this book. His insights and guidance make this a must read for anyone wanting to create culturally inclusive community in organizations. I plan to make it required reading for leaders wherever I go. (Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale, VP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Campbell Soup Company)

ReInventing Diversity is a true reflection of Howard Ross’s heart and soul and his decades-long commitment to transforming human relationships. This book not only challenges us to think differently about diversity and inclusion, but it also points to a new direction about how we can overcome the lines and barriers that divide us. As a civil rights leader on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, I use these lessons daily. (Joe Solmonese, President, Human Rights Campaign (HRC))

This book, like Howard Ross, is brimming with substance and soul. It is an important work that invites courageous conversations and difficult dialogues with ourselves and with others. Page after page offers us the wisdom, inspiration and tools we need to be effective advocates for diversity and inclusion. At last, here is the book we have been waiting for! (Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women)

About the Author

Howard J. Ross is founder and chief learning officer of Cook-Ross, Inc., a corporate consulting firm. He is one of the nation's leading diversity training consultants and a nationally recognized expert on diversity, leadership, and organizational change.

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Easy to read, very well organized and deep analysis.
Marisela
I can recommend this book to anyone in the diversity field, but also to anyone interested in why our societies and organisations work the way they do.
Hélène Borgman
Howard Ross provides a practical yet compelling look at diversity and inclusion from concepts to solutions.
Lenora Billings-Harris

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hélène Borgman on August 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a European Diversity professional, this book helped me to get a broader perspective on D&I strategy in organisations that goes beyond the usual mentoring and leadership programs. Howard Ross has a writing style that is very engaging, eloquent, but not complicated. I love the way he peppers his work with his own anecdotes, making it a very personal read. I can recommend this book to anyone in the diversity field, but also to anyone interested in why our societies and organisations work the way they do. If this isn't Diversity 3.0, I don't know what is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mstanik on October 12, 2011
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Unlike many books about the oft-misunderstood concept of "diversity," Howard Ross doesn't just talk about diversity being a good thing. Or an ideal thing. Or an easy thing to achieve. As one of the country's premiere diversity experts (he was the first diversity specialist hired by a Major League Baseball team), Ross fills this book with tons of real world examples about real people struggling with the idea that diversity in organizations is not only a good thing, it can be a profitable thing. The book for human resources people, managers, executives and ordinary employees working in the nonprofit, government and private sector. This book is not just nice-speak. It's real-speak.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lenora Billings-Harris on June 12, 2012
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Howard Ross provides a practical yet compelling look at diversity and inclusion from concepts to solutions. His facts and figures are embellished with personal anecdotes that make the details come alive. Most importantly, this book takes the reader deeper without being "touchy feely." Ross explains the `whys' behind the `what's' of bias enabling the reader to develop a fuller appreciation for the opportunities and challenges of making diversity a competitive advantage. Read this book for your own development and invite other leaders of your organization and to read it too. You will want to use it as a guide for long term sustainable change within your communities.

L. Billings-Harris, CSPTrailblazers: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Jenkins on January 26, 2012
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Refreshing to read something that points to a deeper understanding of humanity and the ways in which people think, react and operate...not a good person vs. bad person take on diversity. Rather, that a better understanding of human beings (and self) needs to be paramount in such diversity efforts. Bravo!
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By Marisela on December 6, 2012
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Excellent book, highly recommend it. Easy to read, very well organized and deep analysis. It provides great practical advice for the diversity and inclusion work that needs to be done everywhere in our society.
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