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Building on the Promise of Diversity: How We Can Move to the Next Level in Our Workplaces, Our Communities, and Our Society Hardcover – October 24, 2005
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"Minority MBA: ""Does the business world really need yet another book about diversity? If the book is in question is Building on the Promise of Diversity, then the answer is an emphatic ‘yes.’Frank, often controversial, always entertaining, this book is a must-read for all business leaders.""
Gulfshore Business: ""[a] must-read book...The book is a wake-up call that rings true...It [Roosevelt’s Strategic Diversity Management Process] is a critical necessity -- a necessity that can help us use diversity management to find creative solutions for achieving our organization’s mission and making its vision a reality. Like Dr. King, it makes a difference in lives."""
“[a] must-read book….The book is a wake-up call that rings true…
"""As he has done in his past publications, Beyond Race and Gender and Building a House for Diversity, in Building on the Promise of Diversity, Dr. Roosevelt Thomas has again asked us to expand our discourse and practice on diversity beyond limited conceptual models that prevent the realization of the richness and vitality inherent in our communities, our workplaces, and the greater society. 'Making quality decisions in the midst of differences and similarities (Diversity Management)', the author informs us, has powerful implications for organizations as well as for the leaders who are courageous and skillful enough to accept the challenges of a new era."" -- Dr. Walter Fluker, PH.D., Executive Director, The Leadership Center at Morehouse College
""At last, a clearly written guide by a leading expert that tells how to jump off the conventional diversity track and move yourself and your organization to a higher level of performance."" -- John Alexander, President, Center for Creative Leadership
""If you could read only one book about diversity, this is it! Roosevelt Thomas analyzes what we have been, describes what we are, and is helping to create what we can be.""
-- Marshall Goldsmith, world-renowned executive coach and thought leader; co-editor or author of 19 books, including Coaching for Leadership and The Leader of the Future
""Frank and provocative, Building on the Promise of Diversity will enormously enhance the quality of thinking about and the effective management of diversity. Avoiding the trap of pointing fingers at who is right or wrong and disappointed expectations of the past, Dr. Thomas offers a practical, experience-based framework within which leaders in public and private institutions can ‘raise the game’ of diversity management to the level needed in our modern society.""
-- Dick Sibbernsen, VP Human Resources, BellSouth Corporation
""R. Roosevelt Thomas has provided a vital service in offering a detailed prescription for advancing the dynamic of diversity in American society. Even more important, he has reanimated the great vision of our greatest national treasure: the American Dream itself.""
-- Marc H. Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Urban League
""America’s history is distinguished by its adventurous spirit, never satisfied with the status quo, always believing it can be better. Roosevelt takes us through the evolution of diversity, his personal journey, and many of the institutions that make us who we are as a nation. He challenges our contentment with being stuck in our current diversity paradigm and provides fresh thinking for using diversity management to harness the talents of all Americans, which is essential for competing effectively in a global economy.""
-- Thurmond Woodard, VP, Global Diversity, Dell
""The remarkable Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, whose name has been synonymous with diversity leadership, has done it again in this splendid new book.""
-- Sheila Wellington, Clinical Professor of Management, Stern/NYU School of Business;
former President of Catalyst
""At last, a clearly written guide by a leading expert that tells how to jump off the conventional diversity track and move yourself and your organization to a higher level of performance.""
-- John Alexander, President, Center for Creative Leadership
""“A robust and thoughtful work. Readers will gain the benefit of Roosevelt’s years of experience, his clarity, and his ability to provide a lens from the viewpoint of both the manager and the employee. This is a great book for any organizational leader stuck in ‘knowing’ but not yet able to move into ‘doing.’""
-- Beverly Kaye, Founder/CEO, Career Systems International, co-author of Love It, Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work and Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay"
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Thomas believes most organizational leaders, as well as society, have accepted the politicized definition of diversity, which positions it as a win/lose power struggle. We understand diversity through the lens of struggle because that's how we understand differences. The power struggle is a legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and of affirmative action, and we would argue it is also a legacy of other institutions which the United States has used to approach differences, such as Indian reservations, slavery, segregation and Jim Crow laws, Japanese internment, to name a few).
If you are looking for a book to clarify your thinking about diversity, the legacies of Civil Rights and affirmative action, and how to improve people's ability to manage diversity, this book is essential reading. If you are looking for a thorough description of what the next level of diversity is, you won't find it. If we understand Dr. Thomas correctly, we have to master the craft of diversity management in order to discover what the next level is. Care to join us?
By Kyla Meyers and Barbara Deane, editors at DiveristyCentral.com