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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749471298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749471293
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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"Phenomenal - I have never seen such a holistic, strategic and effective mandate for organisational change" (Iris Bohnet, Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School)

"One more sceptic converted, one more step to real inclusion, one step closer to improving the state of the world. I implore any senior executive who cares about wider society to read this book" (Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum)

"This is the book on diversity we've all been waiting for. The fact it has never been undertaken before is an indictment on business. The fact it now can be applied, offers me hope." (Lord Paul Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and former CEO, London 2012)

"The Inclusion Imperative has opened up a whole new way of thinking about how we work together in the modern world. We are using it as a guidebook for how to organize large projects here in Minnesota, like our plans to host the 2023 World's Fair EXPO, in ways that change the communities they touch for the better. It is inspiring because it is based on the actual experience of one of the largest and most successful global projects ever undertaken and it is so helpful by giving specific ideas, advice, and suggestions applicable to all of the challenges we face- no matter how small or large." (Mark Ritchie, Former Secretary of State, Minnesota)

"The Inclusion Imperative has something for everyone. For executive leaders or those new to the Diversity and Inclusion profession, it is a definite read, especially those in the business/corporate sector. Frost's reporting of data and research helps anyone who is working on developing an inclusion strategy. For those like myself, who are from the higher education sector, the book adds to the chorus and volumes of diversity research that is decades old; however, Frost frames diversity and inclusion in new, compelling ways that can aid our mandates and give it new life. Overall, I highly recommend the book." (Institutional Diversity Blog)

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First non-academic publication to present a new kind of diversity and inclusion strategy based on rigorous testing and the latest research.

Utilizes the unique, untold social legacy back-story of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games to propose a groundbreaking new model that will help organizations deliver improved employee recruitment and retention, enhanced productivity and better decision-making.

Author has a strong international profile; as Vice President (Diversity) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development he has access to the 130,000 members of CIPD worldwide and writes in their monthly magazine.

Forward by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a long list of high profile endorsers, including: Henrique Gonzalez, HR Director, Rio 2016; Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive, International Paralympic Committee; Klaus Schwab, Founder, World Economic Forum; Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

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As a "lay-person" regarding diversity and inclusion practices, I expected that my primary interest in this book would be experiencing the insider account of how the London Olympics were created. Indeed, Mr. Frost fills the book with numerous entertaining stories and revealing anecdotes around the behind-the-scenes goings-on leading up to the London Games, more than enough to justify the purchase price.

However, what the book taught me about "D&I" has permanently altered how I think about business. Mr. Frost illustrates in significant detail how business processes were redesigned from the ground up to foster diversity at the most fundamental level, in stark contrast to the manner in which I believe most people assume it must be done, as more of a post-hoc intervention applied to more conventional processes. Furthermore, he demonstrates how this can be accomplished in a way that aligns with and furthers the business objectives of the organization, rather than hindering them as a sort of extra cost -- again, not what one would expect.

The casual reader can definitely enjoy this book; but the professional reader is bound to discover much food for thought here, in enough detail to inspire more concrete ideas of how to apply these methods to one's own organization.
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Crikey, this really is a fresh take on the business case and quite remarkable to see how the worlds largest event was shaped so positively. Frost is a very clear writer and makes his point brilliantly. Make sure you dont miss your stop on the tube, its a brilliant read.
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We were suppliers to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. This is really insightful book, it brought the Games alive for me and gave me a renewed appreciation for what went on behind the scenes in making the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games so welcoming and inclusive. I learned a lot and recommend it, it's a great read.
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If a project like delivering the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 rose to the challenge of making inclusion a priority, there is no reason why that shouldn't be the case for any organisation. If you believe that then read this book, it will help you navigate a course for your own organisation. If you don't believe it, read this book anyway, you are bound to be inspired by the simplicity and practicality of some of the ideas.This is an opportunity to learn from someone that not only writes well about inclusion but has proven it can be delivered as well. A terrific book!
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This book is an essential guide for any business who really wants to ensure they harness the talent and integrate includion as a essential platform for growth, creativity and inclusion within any business. The timing is apt and it is a brilliant insight into London 2012's journey to Games-time. As part of the 2012 team it gives me great pride to see the value all our work delivered in 2012 this book is an important part of our legacy. Brilliant work from all involved. A must buy for all to who wants to rmake a significant difference...
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I read The Inclusion Imperative with a great enthusiasm. The background is the back-stage story of building the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games, which were described, by all accounts, as the most inclusive in history. But the book goes much further than a good story: It gives great insights about a radical impact-oriented approach to diversity and inclusion that business people and practitioners in the private or public sector will find very inspiring. I thought it was a good read and a very useful book.
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The Inclusion Imperative - this is a great book that I really can't recommend highly enough. Leaders at all levels should read it, it's humorous, insightful and informative about a subject that we should all be so much better informed about. It's so good that Amazon has had to re-order stock meaning that you may have to wait a couple of days for it....
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Anyone who is interested in both the topic of Diversity and Inclusion and gaining an insight into one of the most successful ever Olympic Games will find this book a must read. In particular it puts the case very well of the benefits to Business of having a pro-acive D&I policy.
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