“Diversity Is a Reality, Inclusion Is A Choice”: A Book Review

by Dr. Denise O'Neil Green | July 15, 2014 10:00 AM

A few months ago I was invited to a talk by Stephen Frost, author of the new book titled, The Inclusion Imperative: How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Builds Better Societies.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it; however, as luck would have it, a colleague suggested that I read the book and gave me a copy.

the-inclusion-imperativeThe Inclusion Imperative is an honest and up close account of Frost's experience as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the 2012 London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).  In it, Frost discusses how the organization delivered on their diversity and inclusion obligations.  In four sections, Courage, Creativity, Talent and Legacy, Frost takes the reader through an organizational change journey, sprinkled with compelling explanations for the business case for inclusion, practical applications, leadership challenges, and personal stories.

In reading his book, he made several key points that any diversity and inclusion professional should freely embrace:

The-Inclusion-Imperative_by_Stephen-FrostThe Inclusion Imperative has something for everyone.  For executive leaders or those new to the Diversity and Inclusion profession, it is a definite read, especially those in the business/corporate sector. Frost's reporting of data and research helps anyone who is working on developing an inclusion strategy. For those like myself, who are from the higher education sector, the book adds to the chorus and volumes of diversity research that is decades old; however, Frost frames diversity and inclusion in new, compelling ways that can aid our mandates and give it new life.  Overall, I highly recommend the book.  

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