Today we remember and honor one of the most important and influential figures in American history, Martin Luther King, Jr. As we think about the struggles and impact of the Civil Rights Movement, we thought it important to remember that the need for improved diversity in corporate America continues. Here are some books that address today’s business concerns.
Based on the author’s groundbreaking study of Fortune 100 companies, The Diversity Index identifies a barrier that has formed as white women have outpaced people of color and, along with white male executives, have wound up creating a persistent racial ceiling.
The Diversity Code: Unlock the Secrets to Making Differences Work in the Real World by Michelle T. Johnson.
The most diligent compliance with laws and regulations can’t foster true work place diversity. The best organizations have become genuine cross-cultural communities that believe equally in reconciling differences and valuing them. To that end, The Diversity Code promotes understanding by answering many of the toughest questions that professionals and their employers are often afraid to ask.
Building a House for Diversity: How a Fable About a Giraffe & an Elephant Offers New Strategies for Today’s Workforce by R. Roosevelt Thomas and Marjorie I. Woodruff.
Building a House for Diversity begins with a short fable about how a friendship between the two animals is threatened when the house built for a tall, skinny giraffe cannot accommodate his invited guest, a broad, bulky elephant. Using this story as a vivid metaphor for the difficult issues inherent in diversity, the book goes on to demonstrate how managing diversity can be seen as a set of skills that anyone can learn and use.