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The 99 Day Diversity Challenge
Creating an Inclusive Workplace


December 2018 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

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

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
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
 
Afterword
 
Epilogue: The Red Carpet
 
Answers to Crosswords
 
Bibliography

“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
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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