March 20, 2009

Putting our Differences to Work

Kennedy asserts that if people who are naturally different are able to work together effectively, their synergy drives creativity, innovation, problem solving, and enhances leadership and performance for the entire team. This book illustrates how to look beyond traditional diversities such as race, gender, and ethnicity to identify thinking styles, perspectives, experiences, and work styles. She identifies five qualities that leaders must add to their toolboxes in order to capitalize on diversity: they must make diversity in all of its aspects a priority, get to know their people and the differences that the bring into play, enable communication, hold each individual personally responsible, and to make dependence on each other the primary value for the team. She provides step-by-step processes for putting differences to work in the workplace using personal anecdotes, strategic and tactical ideas for putting the theories into practice.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership and High Performance
Debbe Kennedy
HF 5549 .M5 K46 2008