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Putting Our Differences to Work

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Putting Our Differences to Work by Debbe Kennedy
Hardcover $29.95
Jun 09, 2008 | ISBN 9781576754993

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“Debbe Kennedy teaches us how diversity accelerates innovation to everyone’s advantage. This is a win-win-win book in which you and your people win, your organization wins, and the world wins."
—Joel A. Barker, from the foreword

“Personal, reflective, insightful and inspirational. Full of great ideas and a very powerful story that shows how we need to redefine leadership and diversity in order to help make the world a better place. Needs to be widely read – urgently!”
—Dr. Bruce Lloyd, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Management, London South Bank University

"The dangers of ‘groupthink’ are painfully apparent across our world. That’s why diversity, broadly understood, is so essential to innovation and progress – as Debbe Kennedy reminds us in this pragmatic and wise guide for leaders."—Mike Wing, Vice President, Strategic Communications, IBM

“Rarely has there been a more relevant, more needed guidebook for leaders of the future than Putting Our Differences to Work. Debbe Kennedy has illuminated diversity, innovation, and leadership in a way that will help leaders across the sectors to redefine the future in our times of massive change.”
—Frances Hesselbein, Chairman and Founding President, Leader to Leader Institute, and former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

"The power of Debbe Kennedy's storytelling helps us all see our own accomplishments in a new light while encouraging us to take our leadership to a new level. The six steps she offers provide a road map for leaders and organizations on how to effectively put differences to work." —Emily J. Duncan, former Vice President, Culture and Diversity, Hewlett-Packard “Leaders must find new sources of growth more than ever today. After questioning what leadership means while reading Putting Our Differences to Work, I found myself focused on one thing: I, the leader, must first harness our people’s rich and diverse experiences, cultures, and perspectives to attract growth.”
—Lane A. Michel, Executive Vice President, Quaero Corporation

Table Of Contents

Foreword, Joel A. Barker
Introduction: The Fastest Way

PART 1: Taking Leadership to a New Level
1: New Business Essentials
2: Five Distinctive Qualities of Leadership
3: The BASICS: For Putting Our Differences to Work

PART 2: Knowledge and Know-How to Guide the Way
4: STEP 1: Assessment: Defining Current Realities
5: STEP 2: Acceptance: Developing Support for Change
6: STEP 3: Action: Moving Forward
7: STEP 4: Accountability: Establishing Shared Ownership
8: STEP 5: Achievement: Measuring Progress; Celebrating Success
9: STEP 6: More Action: Keeping Momentum Alive!

PART 3: Ever-Expanding Possibilities
10: Innovation at the verge of differences, Joel A. Barker
11: Collaboration at the verge of differences
12: The Power of the Virtual Gathering Place

A Send-Off : …a final word
Resources and Studies
Notes and Sources
About the Author

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