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The End of Diversity As We Know It

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The End of Diversity As We Know It by Martin N. Davidson
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Nov 17, 2011 | ISBN 9781605093437

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“This is a results book. It provides a practical guide for committed leaders interested in achieving optimal results through the efforts of people. It is also a handbook for leaders who aspire to do the ‘right things right and at the right time.’”
—Charlie W. Hill, Executive Vice President of Human Resources (retired), Landmark Communications, Inc.

“In plain English, Martin Davidson explains how diversity can make a company more efficient and innovative, which leads to greater profits. This book artfully blends psychology, social issues, and good business sense to provide baggage-free, 21st-century solutions to problems. Read it before your competitors do.”
—Reginald Hudlin, producer/director and former President, Black Entertainment Television, Inc.

“Martin Davidson reminds us that diversity is not about others; rather, it is about us and our willingness to push ourselves to the edge of personal discomfort in order to run productive, sustainable institutions; create communities of harmony; and live fuller, happier lives.”
—Subha V. Barry, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Freddie Mac

“Martin Davidson hit the nail on the head! This extensively researched book moves the diversity paradigm from the human resource cubicle to the whole organization, the tactical to the strategic, the short term to the sustainable, and the domestic to the global. A must-read for every business leader.”
—Dr. Austin Ifedirah, President and CEO, Aegis Healthcare Holdings, Inc.

“This is a tactical book for business leaders who know they have to shift their thinking but have never quite understood how (and truthfully, why) to do it. Every CEO who looks at his or her company’s diversity initiative and wonders why it hasn’t made as much progress should read this book.”
—Todd G. Sears, Principal, Coda Leadership Consulting LLC, and former Americas Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Suisse

“Professor Davidson takes us on an enlightening journey that raises the bar for any business executive seeking to improve productivity. Leveraging difference is a critical tool for those that are result and not process oriented when deploying talent.”
—Mark Settles, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“Martin Davidson has developed a transformative insight: that a key to building innovative companies is to replace well-intentioned but generally ineffective ‘managing diversity’ programs with Leveraging Difference initiatives. I would highly recommend this book to any CEO, manager, or HR professional who wants to build a sustainable, high-performance organization.”
—Decker Anstrom, US Ambassador, World Radiocommunication Conference, US Department of State; former President, Landmark Communications; and former Chair, The Weather Channel Companies

“This book presents a realistic look at the diversity challenge and proposes pragmatic ways to achieve meaningful change along with useful tools for the journey. I wish that I had read this before I became CEO.”
—Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business, Wake Forest University School of Business, and retired Chair and CEO, PepsiCo

“Martin Davidson brings a fresh and compelling look at why our three-decades-long investment in ‘managing diversity’ has come up short. He then offers a new paradigm for guiding our efforts to make diversity a resource for organizational and individual development and performance. Based on extensive research, The End of Diversity as We Know It offers new insights and tools that will help leaders ensure their companies and organizations get the benefits of the diversity within them.”
—David A. Thomas, Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; former Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; and coauthor of Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America

“Martin Davidson makes us all take pause and reflect on the diversity and inclusion work we’ve been part of over the past decade or so and how we must move ahead to transform this critical work across all dimensions of difference. This book is truly thought-provoking and provides excellent practical tools.”
—Claudette J. Whiting, President, CJW Consulting, and former head of diversity, Microsoft Corporation and DuPont Corporation

“I would hope every industry leader would read and embrace the book’s major conclusions and recommendations to not only alter marginally successful diversity practices but, more importantly, leverage difference to enhance shareholder value.”
—James Lowry, Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION: A NEW POSSIBILITY FOR DIFFERENCE
Who This Book Can Help
Overview and Roadmap for the Book
The Research Methodology
Conclusion
CHAPTER 1: THE END OF DIVERSITY AS WE KNOW IT
Current Approaches to Diversity Are Failing
The Problem with Managing Diversity
How It Can Be Done Differently
Key Takeaways
CHAPTER 2: THE BEGINNING OF LEVERAGING DIFFERENCE
After Managing Diversity
Context
Leadership Perspective
Strategic Focus
Scope of Differences Engaged
Impact of Change
The Intersection of Managing Diversity and Leveraging Difference
What Next?
Key Takeaways
CHAPTER 3: THE LEVERAGING DIFFERENCE CAPABILITY, by Martin N. Davidson & Heather R. Wishik
The Leveraging Difference Capability
The Case of Wipro Technologies
The Leveraging Difference Cycle at Wipro
Key Takeaways
CHAPTER 4: SEEING DIFFERENCE
The Cost of Not Seeing Relevant Difference
How to See Difference
Conclusion
Key Takeaways
CHAPTER 5: UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENCE
How to Understand Difference
How Understanding Difference Encourages Seeing Difference
Key Takeaways
CHAPTER 6: ENGAGING DIFFERENCE, by Martin Davidson and Heather Wishik
How to Engage Difference
Offer a Vision of Business Benefits to Be Seized
Involve Multiple Stakeholders
Support Innovative Approaches
Stay the Course
Be Open to Being Changed
Caveat: Not All Engaging Difference Experiments Are Successful
Conclusion
Key Takeaways
CHAPTER 7: BECOMING A LEVERAGING DIFFERENCE ORGANIZATION, by Martin N. Davidson & Heather R. Wishik
How You Know When You Are Leveraging Difference
How Leaders Move their Organization to Leveraging Difference
Conclusion
Key Takeaways
EPILOGUE: THE POWER OF THE MARGIN
Taking from the Margin to Rethink the Whole
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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