Five business books for you in July 2021

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There's some interesting books from the world of business and beyond, either out recently or forthcoming, that are worth getting your hands on.

Here's five that we'd recommend.

  1. Did That Just Happen?! Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations
    by Lauren Wadsworth and Stephanie Pinder-Amaker
  2. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
    by Adam Grant
  3. The Language of Leadership: How to Engage and Inspire Your Team
    by Joel Schwartzberg
  4. Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do about It
    by Erin L. Kelly and Phyllis Moen
  5. What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract
    by Minouche Shafik

And below is an outline of the books:


Did That Just Happen?! Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations
by Lauren Wadsworth and Stephanie Pinder-Amaker

Book jacket cover for Did That Just Happen?!, by Lauren Wadsworth and Stephanie Pinder-Amaker

An accessible guide showing all people how to create and sustain diversity and inclusivity in the workplace—no matter your identity, industry, or level of experience

Offering real-life accounts that illustrate common workplace occurrences around inclusivity and answers to questions like “How do I identify and handle diversity landmines at work?” and “What can I do when I’ve made a mistake?” this handbook breaks down ways that organizations (and all people) can improve their cultural awareness and become more equitable in their work and personal relationships.

We know that diverse teams are stronger, smarter, and more profitable, and many companies are attempting to hire more diverse teams, but most struggle to create a real culture of inclusivity in which people from all backgrounds feel comfortable. As clinical psychologists, as well as individuals with marginalized identities, Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth show the emotional and physical impact of marginalization and how that leads to a decrease in employee engagement and, often, increased job turnover.

“Did That Just Happen?!” will be invaluable for employees who come from underrepresented communities and identities (identities discussed include race, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and gender expression). But the book is essential for leaders of companies, supervisors, HR departments, and for anyone who wants to understand and support diversity/equity/inclusion practices. The book will also make readers feel more confident in their navigating of friendships/interactions with people who hold different identities.

Buy it:

Printed: Bookshop.org | Hive
Ebook: Kindle | Kobo | eBooks.com
Audiobook: Audible | Kobo

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