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The 99 Day Diversity Challenge

The 99 Day Diversity Challenge
Creating an Inclusive Workplace

First Edition

January 2019 | 328 pages | SAGE Response

Is it really possible for an individual or an organization to develop an inclusion and diversity mindset within the proverbial 99 days?

Award-winning social entrepreneur Dr Saundarya Rajesh, one of India’s most prominent diversity strategists who is credited with having ushered in the ‘second-career’ revolution for women professionals, believes it is.

In an engaging, gentle, often light-hearted way, Dr Rajesh demystifies this vast subject of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for the business leader, the diversity enthusiast and even the young professional who is curious about this topic.  Over a set of 99 stories, anecdotes and thought blogs, this book sequentially uncovers what inclusion and diversity means and how this can be absorbed by just about everyone.

At the core of The 99 Day Diversity Challenge is the belief that the organizational practice of inclusion actually results in us becoming better human beings. For when we break down differences and create greater connectedness between people, we are building a better world.

What is The 99 Day Diversity Challenge?

• A never-before account of the nascent experiences of implementing the culture of D&I at the Indian workplace

• A precise explanation on the different strands of diversity, how to leverage each strand and the future of the D&I thought

• A handy guide to set organizational inclusion goals, design a methodology to accomplish them and track your progress

• An interesting ‘user manual’ to unlock the diverse human potential at your workplace

Prelude: The CEO’s Townhall
Section 1: The Basics of Diversity
Day 1/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 2/99 What Does a Diverse Workplace Really Mean?
Day 3/99 Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Dimensions of Diversity
Day 4/99 Recognizing Differences
Day 5/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 6/99 Understanding Your Diversity Biodata
Day 7/99 The Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion
Day 8/99 How Is Diversity and Inclusion Beneficial?
Day 9/99 What Is Cultural Blindness?
Day 10/99 Crossword
Section 2: The Dimensions of Diversity
Day 11/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 12/99 The Diversity Strand of Gender
Day 13/99 The Diversity Strand of Generations
Day 14/99 The Diversity Strand of LGBT
Day 15/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 16/99 Religious Diversity
Day 17/99 Socio-economic Diversity
Day 18/99 Intersectional Diversity
Day 19/99 Is a Unified Culture Possible in a Diverse Workplace?
Day 20/99 Wordfinder
Section 3: Gender and Generations: Important Imperatives
Day 21/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 22/99 Millennials
Day 23/99 Age Diversity
Day 24/99 Knowledge Transfer in Generational Diversity
Day 25/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 26/99 The First-generation Indian Woman Professional
Day 27/99 The Phenomenon of Second Careers for Women
Day 28/99 Intentional Career Pathing for Women
Day 29/99 POSH: A Foundation
Day 30/99 Crossword
Section 4: Initiating the Discussion Around Diversity
Day 31/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 32/99 Problems of a Diverse Workplace
Day 33/99 Diversity in a VUCA World
Day 34/99 D&I in Small and Medium Enterprises
Day 35/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 36/99 Obtaining the Buy-in for a D&I Agenda
Day 37/99 Diversity and Team Development
Day 38/99 Diversity and Problem-solving
Day 39/99 Diversity and Profitability
Day 40/99 Wordfinder
Section 5: Demystifying Diversity in Your Workplace
Day 41/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 42/99 Identifying Your D&I Champion
Day 43/99 Hallmarks of an Inclusive Colleague
Day 44/99 Cognitive Diversity and Identity Diversity
Day 45/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 46/99 Social Justice and Inclusion
Day 47/99 Buddy Systems and Inclusion
Day 48/99 D&I Metrics
Day 49/99 D&I Action Plan and Business Goals
Day 50/99 Crossword
Section 6: The Role of Leadership and Strategy in Diversity and Inclusion
Day 51/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 52/99 Interlude: The Tallest Lighthouses Cast the Longest Shadows
Day 53/99 The CEO is the CIO
Day 54/99 Creating an Inclusive Business Environment
Day 55/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 56/99 Objectives of a D&I Agenda
Day 59/99 What Is the ROI on Diversity and Inclusion?
Day 60/99 Wordfinder
Section 7: Actioning Your D&I Vision
Day 61/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 62/99 Elements of an Effective D&I Plan
Day 63/99 A Hierarchy of D&I Priorities
Day 64/99 How to Measure D&I Progress?
Day 65/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 66/99 Competencies of D&I Practitioners
Day 67/99 Who Are Your D&I Role Models?
Day 68/99 ‘Diversity Fatigue’ Is Real
Day 69/99 Diversity Audits and Benchmarks
Day 70/99 Crossword
Section 8: Biases and How to Find Them
Day 71/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 72/99 Interlude: The Danger of Caring Too Much
Day 73/99 Understanding Your Biases
Day 74/99 Filters of Perception
Day 75/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 76/99 Self-awareness and Inclusion
Day 77/99 Inclusion Begins with ‘I’
Day 78/99 Blind Spots
Day 79/99 Diversity Sensitization: The ‘Why’ of Inclusion
Day 80/99 Wordfinder
Section 9: Creating Equity in the Workplace
Day 81/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 82/99 Interlude: Bonsai Trees and Apple Boxes
Day 83/99 Equity and Equality
Day 84/99 Employee Resource Groups
Day 85/99 D&I Game: Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion
Day 86/99 Language as a Diversity Factor
Day 87/99 Inclusion and CSR
Day 88/99 Inclusion and Respect
Day 89/99 Is Your Hiring Inclusive?
Day 90/99 Crossword
Section 10: Infusing the Spirit of Inclusion in Your Workplace
Day 91/99 Diversity and Inclusion Lexicon
Day 92/99 Inclusion and Flexibility
Day 93/99 Work-Life Balance and Work-Life Integration
Day 94/99 Men as Allies
Day 95/99 The Superwoman Syndrome
Day 96/99 Inclusion and the Salsa Culture
Day 97/99 The Imposter Syndrome
Day 98/99 Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion
Day 99/99 The Inclusive Learning Organization
Epilogue: The Red Carpet
Answers to Crosswords

“Our embracing of D&I principles truly determines how we live and work meaningfully. In this delightful collection of stories, anecdotes and life situations, Dr Rajesh drives this message home emphatically.”

Anil Chaudhry,
Zone President and Managing Director International Operations, Schneider Electric

Diversity is a business imperative; inclusion, a behaviour, an attitude. This distinction is brought through beautifully in The 99 Day Diversity Challenge by Dr Saundarya. A must-read for all D&I enthusiasts!

Chaitanya N. Sreenivas,
VP HR and HR Head India South Asia, IBM

Organizations which practise the concept of diversity and inclusion are more creative and adaptable. They usually live longer and beat others in terms of growth and profitability. I also feel that companies having diversity and inclusion provide the right platform to foster happy, involved and closely knit teams. Having pioneered the concept of diversity and inclusion along with spearheading the work for providing second careers for women, Saundarya is the best person to write The 99 Day Diversity Challenge. Having walked the talk, there is no better person to elucidate and throw more light on diversity and inclusion.

C.K. Ranganathan,
Chairman and Managing Director, CavinKare Private Limited

I find great value in both the concepts around inclusive leadership and the stories that reflect these concepts in The 99 Day Diversity Challenge. Very  innovative and engaging! Dr Rajesh has chosen a unique format that appeals both to the head and to the heart.

Deepak Iyer,
Managing Director, Mondelez International, India

We live in a strange, shrinking world, where distances between people are getting minimized but identities are either fading or growing sharper. Organizations being a reflection of society, diversity and inclusion become a wonderful lever to support employees play to their strengths and expand human possibilities. With her pioneering and path-breaking work in the area of diversity and inclusion, the publishers could have found no better person than Saundarya to write this book. Her experiences and insights are sure to be enlightening and inspiring for readers and with her compelling style of writing, she will be engaging and thought-provoking too.

Gangapriya Chakraverti,
Director HR, GBS, Ford India

Inclusion and diversity are integral to attracting and retaining the best talent in the market as well as providing exceptional service to clients in a fast- aced and ever-changing business environment. I have worked closely with Saundarya in the inclusion space for many years, and her subject matter expertise in the field is unmatched.

Jaya Virwani,
VP Diversity and Inclusion, EY Global Delivery Services

In this day and age of multicultural workplaces, no topic assumes more importance than diversity and inclusion. A lot of workplace issues can be resolved and a happier workplace can be created by understanding these two concepts well. As they say getting from ‘0’ to ‘1’ is the most difficult part in any transformational journey. They also say a job well begun is half done. Dr Saundarya through her work in this area for several years is best- laced to author a book on this topic. She explains the basics and weaves in stories and exercises to make this book a very engaging read. Ninety-nine days is all it will take for you to be well on your way to making your workplace an inclusive one.

Mohan Narayanaswamy,
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, BNY Mellon Technology

Diversity and inclusion are driving Intel’s transformation and growth as a company. Diversity invites different perspectives, experiences and ideas to our company and to the many innovative solutions we deliver to markets around the world. We believe that diverse teams, thinking and leadership styles create more opportunities for innovation, creativity and strategic thinking.

Nivruti Rai,
Country Head, Intel India, VP, Data Center Group

The cultural and cognitive diversity of our workforce enables us to make path-breaking content, ‘think big’ and explore new avenues of growth, including those that fall outside traditional industry norms. Being an inclusive organization is not a choice; it is a necessity for business success—Dr Saundarya’s book The 99 Day Diversity Challenge uses the unique and unexplored style of storytelling to illustrate this emphatically.

N.P. Singh,
CEO, Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd (Sony Entertainment)

Dr Rajesh’s book cleverly weaves D&I theory with masterful storytelling—a must-read for any professional looking to broaden one’s understanding on this pressing corporate need.

Dr P.V. Ramana Murthy,
Executive VP and Global Head HR, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (Taj Hotels)
Key features

·         Authored by Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, who is one of India’s very first voices to speak about the inclusion of women in the workplace and considered an authority on the subject.

·         A breezy and engaging collection of stories, caselets and first-person accounts of the real-life experiences of individuals and organizations aspiring to create a better workplace.

·         A comprehensive perspective on the different strands of diversity, how to leverage each strand and what the future of the D&I looks like.

·         In the current era of multiplicity of talent, this book speaks about engaging diverse professionals at the workplace to unleash their combined energy.

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ISBN: 9789352808311