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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias

By: Dolly Chugh

To Get You Talking

My starter book for those who want to be a part of real change in the DEI landscape for inclusion. This book offers an understanding of bias and how it can affect one’s perspective of what they see and how to go out of the box to see a bigger picture. It is a great book club book to generate real discussion.

The End of Bias: Overcoming Unconscious Bias

By: Jessica Nordell

To Gain an Understanding

For those who want to understand the science behind our biased thinking and how our brain is guiding us in ways we cannot imagine, this is the book for you. This book challenges the reader to open their mind to exploring why their genuine efforts to ally the cause for equality, equity, and inclusion are not progressing at the pace they would expect and offers ideas on what to do to combat those roadblocks for moving forward.

The Sum of US: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

By: Heather McGhee

To Understand Why the Effort is Worth It

McGhee takes a financial look at how much has been lost financially in the United States due to costs associated with separating races. She breaks it down in real numbers and makes a case for how working together would mean monumental gains for all of us across diverse lines of people.

For Leaders and Aspiring Leaders

CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest

By: Carol Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra

Setting a Good Mindset

Leadership mindset is more important than ever through this enduring pandemic. The first mindset they describe is to be bold in direction setting. What worked before in the workplace simply won’t work in the new workplace. Great information.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

By: Simon Sinek

Start Asking

This book offers leaders a way to get their team talking. They bring a lot to the table but may not feel the confidence or encouragement to freely contribute. Leaders can change that. Start by engaging and asking. A big part of inclusion is believing contributions matter. Initiating discussion can show team members they matter.

Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

By: Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen

Start Listening

Leaders are often taught the importance of giving feedback to those who report to them, but not the value of receiving feedback from those who report to them. Feedback is essential for continued growth however, it gets lonely at the top where leaders receive little to no feedback from their team. Stone and Heen make a compelling case for how such skills can be foundational to making any leader more effective in leading their team.

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