The Elephant and the Mouse


Moving Beyond the Illusion of Inclusion to Create a Truly Diverse and Equitable Workplace

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<b>Explore diversity, equity, and inclusion that goes beyond unconscious bias and explores the ideas and tools needed to achieve these goals</b> <p>In <i>The Elephant and the Mouse,</i> award-winning speaker and diversity and inclusion expert Laura Liswood delivers a thought-provoking and insightful new business guide that explores workplace diversity and offers new ideas for gaining the real benefits from your diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. <i>The Elephant and the Mouse</i> refers to the dynamic in organizations that are roadblocks to consciously inclusive success. The Elephant, often dominant group leadership, knows little about the experiences of the Mouse, the non-dominant groups, while the Mouse knows so much more about the Elephant. In diverse workplaces, these two groups live in different worlds. Success will come only if everyone works in a true meritocracy. You learn what may be easy for some to do in their career is much harder for others to do. <p>In this book, which builds upon Liswood’s groundbreaking book, <i>The Loudest Duck,</i> you’ll explore the powerful case for diversity, equity, and inclusion and the often-overlooked risks posed by a homogeneous workforce. You will learn the hard truths about why many DE&I efforts fail, millions of dollars are wasted, and why organizations confuse efforts with outcomes. You’ll consider new ways of leading others, with a strong emphasis on tactics and strategies employed by successful Elephant and Mouse leaders, including women leaders. The book also includes: <ul> <li>Realistic explanations for the slow progress in diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in society and organizations</li> <li>Examinations of the concept and myths of meritocracy and how to conduct a Meritocracy Stress Test on your firm</li> <li>How organizations often have an illusion of inclusion but find their efforts not creating the inclusive, equitable teams they say they want</li> <li>How safety efforts can provide a roadmap for diversity missions</li> <li>An exploration of both the human interventions and non-human roles of technology in DE&amp;I initiatives, including the use of people analytics to de-bias organizations</li> <li>What tools are needed to go beyond awareness of unconscious bias to de-bias processes and what traits the new Elephant and Mouse leader has</li> </ul> <p>An indispensable resource for managers, executives, and other business leaders who seek to recreate truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable organizations, <i>The Elephant and the Mouse</i> is also a must-read for human resources professionals, individuals who want successful careers in diverse teams, and anyone involved in the hiring, retaining, and promoting processes. This book offers a way to move beyond traditional diversity efforts towards more modern practices that embrace&mdash;and profit from&mdash;the differences between people.