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  • Published: 28 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781523088805
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $32.99

Inclusive Conversations

Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging across Differences



In today's workplace, conversations about diversity are vital but filled with potential pitfalls--award-winning consultant Mary-Frances Winters provides specific, tactical, and compassionate approaches for dialoguing across difference.

Whether leaders like it or not, employees are talking and thinking about issues like race, religion, and politics, which impact their levels of productivity, engagement, and psychological safety. Simply forbidding these conversations is just sweeping a problem under the rug. Award-winning diversity and inclusion consultant Mary-Frances Winters has been leading workshops on what she calls Bold, Inclusive Conversations for years. She offers specific dialogue techniques to foster greater understanding across diversity:
Identifying words, phrases and topics that can be triggering to some groups and avoiding or reframing them to open dialogue rather than shut it down
Dealing with the "fragility" of dominant groups--the extreme reluctance to engage with the concerns of nondominant groups
Addressing the fatigue historically marginalized groups feel from constantly explaining their experience
Understanding the difference between dialogue and debate
This is a comprehensive guide for leaders who want to create brave spaces for dialogue and facilitate discussions on potentially polarizing topics.

  • Published: 28 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781523088805
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $32.99

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