Achieving true diversity in organizations has been a goal for more than a quarter century, yet companies struggle to create an inclusive work place. In ReInventing Diversity, Howard Ross, one of America’s leading diversity experts, explains why most diversity programs fail and how we can make them work.
In this inspiring guide, Ross presents interviews, personal stories, statistics, and case studies that show that there is no quick fix and no easy answer.
Acceptance needs to become part of the culture of an organization, not just a mandated attitude, in order for people to not feel alienated because of their race, language, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or culture. Many prejudices are unconscious and exclusions are often unintentional. Only through challenging our own preconceived notions about diversity can we build a productive and collaborative work environment in which all people thrive.
In ReInventing Diversity, Howard Ross explains that creating what he calls “Organization Community” requires vision, which sounds like a platitude. The 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.
About Howard J. Ross
Howard J. Ross is Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc. He is one of the nation’s leading diversity training consultants and a nationally recognized expert on diversity, leadership, and organizational change.