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December 2019 Book Club - Inclusion, Jennifer Brown

Book Description (source: Amazon):

In the rapidly changing business landscape, harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion is essential for the very viability and sustainability of every organization. Talent who feel fully welcomed, valued, respected, and heard by their colleagues and their organizations will fuel this growth. We will only succeed in this transformation if those in leadership pivot from command and control management styles to reinvent how we look at people, every organization’s greatest asset. It’s also critical that we build systems that embrace diversity in all its forms, from identity and background to diversity of thought, style, approach, and experience, tying it directly to the bottom line.

Discussion questions:

  1. What is diversity? What does it mean to you?

  2. What is inclusion? What does it mean to you?

  3. Can you share a story that reveals a bias you've overcome?

  4. What does an ideal, inclusive environment look like to you?

  5. What are the long term consequences if we ignore diversity and inclusion

  6. What types of products does your team build? Have you considered the diversity of your users?

  7. When you recruit and interview candidates, how do you avoid disqualifying people with different backgrounds?

  8. Can you share an example of how a D&I effort affected your company in a positive way?

  9. On a personal level, what impact does D&I have on you?

  10. Where have you experienced resistance to expanding your approach to diversity and inclusion? How did you and your team respond?

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