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Inclusion STILL the Competitive Business Advantage

In Inclusion: STILL the Competitive Business Advantage, Shirley Engelmeier continues her contributions to thought leadership on the importance of inclusion in an environment that has been roiled with new discussion—and new dissent—amid rapidly changing demographics, continually emerging technology and a global economy that is continually shifting to favor newly emerging market powerhouses.

Within this framework one thing remains a constant—the need for inclusion. The need to ensure that the varied voices that exist within and outside of organizations are encouraged, listened to and acted upon to drive engagement, retention, innovation—and market power.

The companies that are leading the pack in terms of profit, innovation and employee engagement “get it.” No, they’re not perfect and they’re not achieving 100 percent inclusion 100 percent of the time. But they’re moving forward in the right direction with the right mindset—that inclusion is a business imperative that can only be achieved through commitment from the top, clear and measurable objectives and consistent accountability.

Inclusion truly is still the driver behind competitive business advantage.

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Becoming an Inclusive Leader: How to Navigate the 21st Century Global Workforce

The inversion of power within today's global workforce has created an urgent need for the death of command and control style leadership to successfully manage the new democratized workforce. A confluence of factors-including increasingly diverse demographics, personal communications technology that provides a stage for every citizen's voice, and a highly participative Gen Y permeating the workforce-has created an environment where leadership must quickly change to succeed. Employees have an increasing need to be heard and feel that they are contributing to the overall business. Shirley Engelmeier's newest book, Becoming an Inclusive Leader, delivers a timely primer on the new style of leadership required to effectively manage the 21st century workforce and drive success today in any modern organization. Becoming an Inclusive Leader delineates the traits, tools, and behaviors that will drive improved business outcomes. It also offers experience and insights from Fortune 500 leaders at Walmart, FedEx Office, Cisco, Kraft and Sodexo on Inclusive Leadership as the most effective way to effectively manage the new workforce.



Inclusion the New Competitive Business Advantage

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In Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage, Engelmeier presents insights, tools, and tactics that form a compelling case for an inclusive business culture. She urges companies to move away from a focus on compliance and counting to the recognition that the simple solution to most business challenges lies in capturing, nurturing and leveraging the input of all employees. The culture change and transformation required in today's volatile global economy needs a fundamental shift in thinking-a shift that recognizes how to engage and capitalize on the diverse inputs within human capital to drive performance and profit. From an in-depth look at the trends impacting business today to a road map about how strategies of inclusion can drive business success, this timely book also presents perspectives of inclusion champions at high-performing companies that have embraced inclusion as a new global business imperative.

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