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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey America; 1 edition (May 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891062750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891062752
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're interested in more information on how you or your company can become more aware of your subtle biases and how to change them, consider Robbins' book "What If?" -- USA Today, August 14, 2008

This workshop-in-a-book is designed to get leaders, managers, human resource professionals, and employees thinking, talking, sharing, and leveraging everyone's perspectives, talents, and experience for the good of the organization. -- Incentive, August 12, 2008

He adds tips and suggestions for putting key learning into action, ending each chapter with questions, an assignment to inspire you to be more open-minded and to disvoer how the ideas presented in the book might apply to your daily life at work and at home. --Office Pro, October 2008

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If you're interested in more information on how you or your company can become more aware of your subtle biases and how to change them, consider Robbins' book "What If?"

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maulie Dass on September 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book isn't of the typical academic nature that makes you groan about having to learn more about diversity and inclusion in a work environment. It's an enjoyable read of 26 short, humorous stories that provoke thought in a way that gently challenges those who have never engaged in meaningful I&D dialogue. Complimenting each story is a set of discussion points and exercises that can be done in small groups - again, in a way that isn't invasive or intimidating.

I do think that certain diverse communities aren't as covered in this book as much as others, but it's still fantastic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave on June 30, 2011
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First, let me say I purchased this book after hearing Dr. Robbins speak at a conference. He is an outstanding speaker with a tremendous message. Unfortunately I didn't feel his talents translated well to written form. Far from the "inspirational, lively, and sometimes deeply personal" stories promised on the cover, the actual stories are just average.

It seemed like Dr. Robbins was reaching to present the everyday events of his life (of all of ours, really) as if they were profound in some way. For example, the story about his failed attempt to write his favorite songs to a CD was hardly inspirational. The story about his young son's inability to correctly pronounce "Buzz Lightyear" was cute, but really didn't grab me by the lapels. And he stocked a pond with fish and they died because he didn't take care of them. Yes, he connects these every-day occurances to larger, important principals, but the connections felt forced and somewhat contrived.

See him in person: DEFINITELY! He's the best speaker you will ever hear.

Read his book: maybe. Just understand that the written form is not nearly as good as the real thing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 10, 2008
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Over twenty-five inspiring lively personal stories anthologized in "What If? Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue" deftly illustrate concepts of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, using anecdotes and visions to put key learnings into action in a business structure. Each story is paired with questions, an activity and an assignment to reinforce ideas, making for a fine, light business reading title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Telfer on May 21, 2010
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I enjoyed this book very much, so much that I'm prompted to attend a workshop held by the author at his center in Michigan. The stories (as well as the story of his life) were very moving. I recommend the book for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Webb on February 25, 2011
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The personal stories in this book provide a great way to engage in conversation, but the inability to loan the book limits my ability to share the information in some ways and get others on board.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Selbach on August 3, 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I liked how Dr. Robbins shared personal stories then was able to dig deeper and compare it the work place. I was also fortunate enough to be in a book club with Dr. Robbins being the facilitator. He is certainly a dynamic speaker! Thanks!
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By Sandra Terry on July 7, 2014
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It is a wonderful resource for cultural inclusion discussions.
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