Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue
By Steve L. Robbins
In What If?, Robbins provides twenty-six inspiring, lively, and sometimes deeply personal stories illustrating diversity and inclusion concepts. He offers insight and practical advice on how to reconcile unity with diversity and reframe our organizations for competitive advantages.
When Steve Long-Nguyen Robbins was growing up, his mother routinely told him, "Long, you walk on a path cleared by others, so it is your responsibility to clear the path for others." Her insightful guidance and self-sacrificing example are the forces that drive Robbins's corporate work around diversity and inclusion today.
His goal is unwavering: to clear the path for others and recruit more "path makers" - to honor his mother and to make a better world for everyone. In What If?, Robbins provides twenty-six inspiring, lively, and sometimes deeply personal stories illustrating diversity and inclusion concepts. He offers insight and practical advice on how to reconcile unity with diversity and reframe our organizations for competitive advantages. He adds tips and suggestions for putting keylearning into action in your organization, ending each chapter with questions, an activity, and an assignment to inspire you to be more open-minded and inclusive and to discover how the ideas presented in the book might apply to your daily life at work and at home.
Steve L Robbins is founder of S.L. Robbins & Associates, a consultancy specializing in diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and myriad other issues increasingly affecting organizations in a global world and marketplace.
Born in Vietnam, he immigrated to the United States with his mother during a time of heightened anti-Vietnamese sentiment and rose through the challenging circumstances of poverty and discrimination to receive a BA with honors from Calvin College and MA and PhD degrees from Michigan State University.
Robbins works with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes, drawing on his compelling life journey to bring insightful perspectives on the power of caring and inclusion, and a keen understanding of the human condition. He is highly sought-after as a keynote speaker and has worked with organizations including Toyota, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Boeing, NASA, the NSA, General Mills, and Pfizer.
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08 May 2008
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Dr. Steve Robbins will open your eyes to seeing things you may never have seen before, in a thought-provoking and creative way. His engaging, inspiring, and passionate energy will take you on a life-altering ride, from which you will walk away a more self-aware, accepting, and gracious individual. — Linda Esparza, Area Human Resources Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Aerospace Group, Hydraulic Systems Division
[Dr. Robbins'] knowledge of the human brain, human behaviour, and how it all works together to create inclusion is not only informative, it's fun to learn! He has definitely changed mindsets all over my organization. — LaTricia Hill-Chandler, CDE, Office of Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Walmart Inc.
He will compel you to rethink your view of the world. In the end, there is no choice but to become more enlightened by his teachings. — R. Matt Davis, President of Dow North America & Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs
[Dr. Steve Robbins is] revolutionizing the way corporations approach inclusion and diversity programs by challenging us to rethink everything we thought we knew about this work. — Kevin J. Frazier, Senior Director, Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Walmart Inc.
Dr. Steve Robbins' powerful message and storytelling reminds us of the importance of an inclusive work environment. Backed by a deep knowledge of behavioral science, he encourages us to always be mindful of our employees' basic needs-to be part of a team and to be valued. — Karina Norr-McPhillips, MS, SPHR, SHRM- SCP, VP, Human Resources, Northwell Health
Connects incredible insight on human behaviour to practical examples in the workplace and demonstrates how being open-minded is central to supporting and benefiting from the diversity in our organization. — Kate McManus, VP Marketing, Delicato Family Vineyards
If you're interested in more information on how you or your company can become more aware of your subtle biases and how to change them, consider Robbins' book "What If?" — USA Today
This workshop-in-a-book is designed to get leaders, managers, human resource professionals and employees thinking, talking, sharing, and leveraging everyone's perspectives, talents, and experience for the good of the organization. — Incentive
He adds tips and suggestions for putting key learning into action, ending each chaper with questions, an assignment to inspire you to be more open-minded and to discover how the ideas presented in the book might apply to your daily life and work at home. — Office Pro