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In this groundbreaking guide, a management expert outlines the transformative leadership skill of tomorrow—one that can make it possible to build truly diverse and inclusive teams which value employees’ need to belong while being themselves.  

Humans have two basic desires: to stand out and to fit in. Companies respond by creating groups that t
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Published June 2nd 2020 by Harper Business
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James
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh...for a book about inclusion, it is not nearly inclusive enough.

Almost everything in the book is about women. The author gave pretty meager lip service to people of color and almost not attention at all to the LGBTQ community.

Zero mention of trans and non-binary people, who experience some of the worst workplace discrimination in the US. Plus with R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [Aimee Stephens case] being in the news and argued before the US
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Katherine Davis
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inclusify by Stefanie K. Johnson is a current, relatable book on diversity and inclusion efforts in a modern workplace full of intersectionality. In Inclusify (2020), Stefanie describes how leaders can foster an environment that helps their followers demonstrate their individuality while also feeling like they belong. According to Stefanie, it is a culmination of uniqueness AND belonging that creates the feeling of inclusion. You can’t have one without the other. Without belonging, people start ...more
Jason W Miller
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great book both because of the extensive research as well as for the excellent presentation of the information. The author's writing style is conversational and draws the reader in almost as if you are chatting with a friend. Chapter 2 - The ABCs of Breaking Bias was particularly relevant for me and my team at this moment. We have been holding forums in the workplace to discuss systemic racism and will be doing an entire session focused on bias. Chapter 2 of this book will be th ...more
Scott
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking and extremely well written exploration of inclusiveness. I recommend reading as it helps us understand it is not about accepting difference but embracing difference.

It made me recall conversations with executives on how they were inclusive because they accepted people for their difference and were focused on the best person for the job. Rather than understanding that we only get better by the differences we bring into our lives and it is those differences that make someone the
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Chris
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a white, male, middle class, heterosexual, Christian American I go through life thinking little of the tail winds that have helped me along the way. This work helped me to confront some of the uncomfortable truths about my leadership style. Discomfort is what causes us to look inward and to hopefully grow. The news was not all bad. I find that I have been doing some things regarding Inclusifying fairly well. But certainly I have some work to do, as I see more clearly how I fall into many of t ...more
Steve Bullington
For a long time, I thought that I was a very inclusive people leader. I have always tried to have a very diverse team and to treat them as colleagues. What I didn't realize until I read Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson's new book Inclusify is that I have been doing things that do NOT fully include everyone around me.

Dr. Johson categorizes leaders as Meritocracy Managers, White Knights, Shepherd, Culture Crusaders, Team Player or Optimist. While these might sound very positive, the reality is that they ea
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Natasha
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book Inclusify by Stefanie K. Johnson was PHENOMENAL. I picked up this book because it was one of Adam Grant's recommended reading list of upcoming books and I am so glad that I did.

Dr. Johnson talks about inclusion, diversity, belonging, and microaggressions in a very tangible and actionable way. There are leaders who seem well meaning, but their words and actions are actually not inclusive. Dr. Johnson identifies types of leaders who seem helpful, lays out how they are damaging, and then g
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B.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC as a result of a Goodreads Giveaway. This book will be good for those who don't keep up with the academic journals, or who have not kept up with the academic journals for the past five or so years. Ultimately, the tone of the book was a bit too conversational for me, and as I keep up with the journals for work, this wasn't anything that was particularly groundbreaking, revolutionary, etc. All in all, it's a decently put together synthesis of the majority of common practices dis ...more
Wesley Watt
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who the book would describe as an Optimist (thinks diversity is important but hasn’t taken much action to support it), I found Inclusify to be a great introduction to the field. I thought it was very well-organized and easy to read/follow along. It did not strike an aggressive, offensive tone, instead realizing that to change people’s minds you must guide them along the intellectual path you want them to take. It also focuses less on encouraging diversity and inclusion because it’s th ...more
Amanda
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leeds-book-club
Dr. Johnson introduces the concept of "inclusifying," which she explains as (I'm paraphrasing) celebrating an individual's uniqueness while they also experience a sense of belonging. The book covers six archetypes of leaders that can miss out on one or both parts, and offers suggestions they can take on as an individual or a team to become inclusifyers. Dr. Johnson does a great job of demonstrating the benefits of inclusifying, and how having a diverse team with more women, POC, WOC, and LGBTQ i ...more
Christa Van
There are many good points in this book about how we might think we are conscious about including everyone and working towards a more diverse work place but then there are lots of examples of leaders who aren't quite there yet. The book starts out telling why we should be striving for diversity then moves to specific leadership types who are on the path but need a little more work. She gives strategies and examples and has done the research. Important for leaders in all areas to be aware of thes ...more
Nicole
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
1. Local author, hello, support
2. Female local author - yup, read it
3. It was very thoughtful, lots to bring your own limitations, fallacies, incorrect assumptions to light in the privacy of your own home and brain.

Give it a read. Lots of ways to make work and the world a better place.
If you don't take a step toward learning how to inclusify and help others understand, it will be "170" years until we make it through pure chance.

Not a very long ready, worth the time.
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Nicole Devereaux
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic introduction to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. Filled with plenty of case studies (successful and not) as well as useful Inclusifying practices (with a handy acronym), this would be an excellent choice for organizational book clubs. Her website even offers a free assessment for self awareness (each chapter gives specific suggestions based on your results).
Mariela Montiel
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for leaders at all levels. It's a perfect guide to navigating the complex topic of diversity and inclusion. Every page is backed with research and evidence, but also stories and interviews from some of the best leaders in America. Dr. Johnson provides actionable ways to help all leaders get on the path of Inclusifying ...more
Ross Woodstock
Author Stefanie Johnson employs a research-based approach to a topic that may be the most important in organizational culture today. You will see yourself somewhere in this book. The good news that Johnson shares is that we can all successfully continue on the journey to becoming an inclusifyer. She offers useful tips on how to get there. A book and a journey well worth the investment.
Lorraine Serva
What? You haven't read this? You should if you're reading about diversity!
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Erin Nordhof
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me personally, I got more out of the second half of the book than the first half, but I appreciated the amount of interviews, stats and studies throughout the book.
Jennifer Baratta
Stefanie K. Johnson is an excellent author. Even though she went preachy in chapter 9 great book.
Chukwudi Barrah
Inclusivity is a continuous process and no matter how much you think you already know, Inclusify will probably have a few points that are new to you that you can use in your efforts.
Amanda Lombard
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like to read books like this to keep me on my toes.
suki
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Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an author, professor, and keynote speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity, focusing on (1) how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders and (2) strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias.

Her new Harper Collins book, Inclusify: Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams, shares the surprising ways t
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