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What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue

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When Steve Long-Nguyen Robbins was growing up, his mother routinely told him, "Long, you walk on a path cleared by others, so it is your responsibility to clear the path for others." Her insightful guidance and self-sacrificing example are the forces that drive Robbins's corporate work around diversity and inclusion today.

His goal is unwavering: to clear the path for othe
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Nicholas Brealey (first published June 25th 2008)
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Rebecca McNamara
Mar 14, 2017 Rebecca McNamara rated it it was ok
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In this book of short essays, Steve Robbins gives metaphorical examples from his personal life that he encourages the reader to apply to organizational-based diversity issues and lessons. Each short story is followed by a set of questions meant to be used in a workplace book club (this book only works if group discussion is involved). Unfortunately, his metaphors are often oversimplified, and when it comes to actual issues of diversity, he speaks in abstract ways. The book is strongest when the ...more
Tammy
Mar 02, 2015 Tammy rated it liked it
Corporate speaker Steve L. Robbins using examples from his own life including his children as a minority to assist companies large and small to increase diversity in the workplace. His stories and follow-up questions can also help individuals to look at the world from a different perspective than they may have ever experienced.
What If? also presents specific ideas of what organizations can do to engage our global world, build core competencies in diversity and inclusion, and benefit from the be
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Al Young
Oct 03, 2013 Al Young rated it liked it
Pretty much what it says. Quick page or two long ruminations that get a good conversation going. Maybe not a book everyone would want to read front to cover, but for it's goal, it's about perfect. Many of the blurbs are based on the author's stories of his kids and experiences, though others are observational (If Star Trek, the original series was so diverse, then why were all the people in charge of the Enterprise, white men?) Really good at what it is trying to accomplish.
Greg
Oct 31, 2011 Greg rated it liked it
The author's self-assessment that he is not a writer is pretty on point, however the stories are decent and definitely bring home some great points in very memorable ways. I certainly could use some of these stories to generate discussion around diversity issues but more importantly they can inspire me to write down my own stories to use in my work. A nice quick read but it can also lead to a lot of challenging work if you follow all the suggestions at the end of each story.
Kia
Jun 16, 2016 Kia rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone wanting to foster diversity. Well written for an individual read or as a group. I think it's meant for businesses but I can see uses in any organization.
Laura Hoffman Brauman
Good conversation starters.
Andrea
Aug 26, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
what a lovely book... i love love love the stories.. so easy to relate to ... regardless of who you are
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Excellent as a conversation starter. A little light on meat of the issues.
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