A Leader's Guide to Leveraging Diversity: Strategic Learning Capabilities for Breakthrough Performance

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Routledge, 2009 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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Leveraging Diversity: Strategic Learning Capabilities for Breakthrough Performance is designed to help business leaders and diversity practitioners alike conquer the complexity and take advantage of the opportunities associated with working productively with diversity. The book presents a clear direction for building the strategic learning capabilities needed to create and sustain adaptive organizations that effectively respond to today's competitive demands. It provides a practical guide that features a variety of proven learning practices for leveraging diversity with case examples and planning tools.
The book is structured in four parts and each chapter addresses one of the three strategic learning capabilities: contextual awareness, conceptual clarity, and taking informed action. Each chapter presents cutting edge practices in support of building the targeted learning capability. They contain case examples and sample tools to assist the reader as they internalize the practices and provide guidelines for applying the tools to their specific work situations. In the final part of the book, the reader is introduced to the three critical success factors necessary to support the successful execution of the strategic learning capabilities for leveraging diversity examined in this book.
Whether the reader is new to diversity work or wishes to learn how to further leverage existing diversity initiatives with other strategically important business priorities, this book provides a comprehensive blueprint for navigating the complex and changing nature of situations involving diversity.

* Integrates practical lessons from leading diversity experts
* Places strategic learning at the core of leveraging diversity
* Provides a comprehensive blueprint for navigating the complex and changing nature of situations involving diversity.
 

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Contents

SETTING THE STAGE FOR LEADERSHIP THROUGH LEVERAGING DIVERSITY
1
STRATEGIC STORIES A LEVER FOR INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURAL CHANGE
81
HUMAN INTERACTION LEVERAGING DIVERSITY AT ITS CORE
171
LEVERAGING DIVERSITY BEINGS AND ENDS WITH LEADERSHIP
243
Appendixes
249
Index
267
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Consultant, researcher and educator with over two decades experience working in 35 states and abroad to facilitate the sustained development of individuals and teams in both private and public sector organizations. Sample clients include CAMP, Inc, The Zenith Insurance Company, American Management Association, Tallahassee City Manager's Office, and Ohio Secretary of State's Office. Anne continues her relationship with Academia, serving as a visiting lecturer and as a dissertation coach to students at Columbia and Florida State University.

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