Truly Effective Workplaces…

31 Mar

Author Laura Liswood has just published a book titled The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity while Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work where she outlines what diversity means against the landscape of American corporations today.

While her posting today (Mar 31 2010) is found at the Women’s Leadership Exchange site: How to Create Truly Effective Workplaces for All, it quickly becomes obvious that her book covers a range of diversity issues including gender, ethnicity, belief systems, age, traditions, etc.

The Loudest Duck” looks like an insightful read on a topic that continues to gain importance as globalization increases.  I enjoy how Laura expresses herself in the posting above:  “What makes it hard for diverse companies to become, well, diverse? I saw a slogan that read “We hire for difference and fire because they are not the same.”

There are also references to related works:  “As Malcolm Gladwell writes in his book, Blink 16% of men in the United States are 6′ 2″ or taller but 57% of Fortune 500 male leaders are 6’2″ or taller.” Ms. Liswood’s book explores the rationale behind diversity initiatives juxtapositioned with the belief systems prevalent in American society and her views are likely to be featured in articles for months to come.  Should be interesting!

Have a good week!

Regards,
Carol
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