Silver Spring, Maryland (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
Diversity in business and other organizations has been a goal for more than a quarter of a century, yet companies struggle to create an inclusive workplace. In a new book certain to spur widespread discussion, one of America's leading diversity experts explains why most diversity programs fail, and how we can make them work. In this inspiring guide, Howard Ross uses interviews, personal stories, statistics, and case studies to show that there is no easy answer.
"Acceptance needs to become part of the culture of a company, not just a mandated attitude," states Ross. "People continue to feel alienated because of their race, language, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or culture, although many of these prejudices are unconscious or unintentional."
In "ReInventing Diversity," Ross explains that only through challenging our own preconceived notions about diversity can we build a productive and collaborative work environment in which all people are included. Key concepts include:
- Why existing diversity programs aren’t working
- How our backgrounds give us a particular sense of the world we see
- How diversity is inherently correlated with our sense of community
- What is the nature of how human beings see the world and the power that language has in that worldview
- Which paradigms we have created limit our opportunities to be successful in our diversity efforts
- How to create organizational community
"ReInventing Diversity" paves a path toward a new way of approaching the issue of diversity that honors the work of the past, but creates an opportunity for new growth moving forward. Ross invites his readers to explore his concepts and evolve past behaviors and programs that no longer work, to create a new community that reinvents the way we look at one another.
"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
"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, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
About the Author: Howard J. Ross is founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross Inc., a corporate consulting firm dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions that create profound transformations for people and organizations around the world. He is one of the nation’s leading diversity training consultants and a nationally recognized expert on diversity, leadership, and organizational change.
by Howard Ross
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
August 2011 - 276 pages