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Stefanie K. Johnson

The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams

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Inclusify by Stefanie K. Johnson is a practical guide for creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. It provides evidence-based strategies and actionable tips for leaders to foster a sense of belonging and leverage the power of diversity in their teams.

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    Inclusivity is powerful, but to benefit we need to acknowledge and overcome our biases.

    Have you ever worked for a place that made you feel invisible? A place where you had to hide certain aspects of your personality to fit in? Maybe you don’t like to drink alcohol and find sports boring, but you felt you had to pretend to enjoy these things in order to be a team player.

    No one wants to feel like they don’t belong. Which is why inclusivity is so important – especially in the workplace. People do their best work when they feel like they’re a valued part of the organization. When they feel like they belong, they’re happier and more engaged.

    What’s more, according to a 2013 Gallup study, the most engaged workers are as much as 21 percent more productive, and 22 percent more profitable.

    But cultivating an inclusive workforce isn’t easy.

    The key message here is: Inclusivity is powerful, but to benefit we need to acknowledge and overcome our biases.

    Why is it hard to create a truly inclusive workplace? Well, one of the main reasons is that we all have biases that can get in the way.

    Maintaining a sense of belonging among all your workers is full of pitfalls. Even dedicated CEOs with the best intentions have fallen short – often because of their own unconscious biases.

    Think about it: when you conjure up the image of a powerful CEO in your mind, who do you see? If you’re like most people, you probably see a middle-aged white guy. When you think of a successful lawyer, who do you see? And when you think of a dangerous criminal, who comes to mind?

    These are all biases that so many people have. And it’s completely normal. Through upbringing, experiences, and the stories all around us we all develop certain biases. This is a big reason why, as of early 2019, only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. It’s also why, in a study of American lawyers, 50 percent of women and 57 percent of women of color reported being mistaken for custodial or administrative staff.

    So how can you avoid these biases and make lasting change that will make your workforce feel more engaged and more productive? You’ll find out in the blinks ahead.

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    What is Inclusify about?

    Inclusify (2020) offers some valuable guidance for managers and CEOs who would like to increase the diversity of their workforce. Facts show that diversity is a powerful contributor to success on a variety of levels. Inclusify introduces the proven steps that the biggest and best businesses are taking to be more inclusive and more successful.

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    Inclusify (2019) by Stefanie K. Johnson is a valuable read for those interested in building inclusive workplaces. Here's why this book stands out:

    • With data-driven insights and practical strategies, it helps individuals and organizations create a culture of belonging and diversity, resulting in improved performance and innovation.
    • The book uncovers common unconscious biases and provides actionable steps to address them, promoting fairness and equal opportunities for all.
    • Through compelling case studies and relatable examples, it demonstrates the positive impact of inclusivity on both individuals and teams, making it highly engaging and relatable.

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    The result of making people feel invisible is lowered well-being, mental health, productivity, and commitment to the job.

    —Stefanie K. Johnson
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    Who should read Inclusify?

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    • Managers who want happier employees
    • People seeking ways to create safer workplaces
    • CEOs who want to create more competitive businesses

    About the Author

    Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an associate professor at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches students about leadership and inclusivity. She’s been a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and her work has also been published by the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Economist.

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    What is the main message of Inclusify?

    The main message of Inclusify is the power of diversity and inclusion in organizations.

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    Is Inclusify a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Inclusify is a valuable read for anyone interested in fostering diversity and inclusion. It offers practical strategies and insights for creating a more inclusive workplace.

    Who is the author of Inclusify?

    The author of Inclusify is Stefanie K. Johnson.