Summary of Driven by Difference

How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity

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Driven by Difference book summary
Yes, strength comes from diversity – but only when it contributes to your organization’s mission.


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Corporate culture expert David Livermore offers an unusual note of practical advice. He argues that diversity matters only if it contributes to your organization’s mission. Livermore offers chapters on showing respect, listening, gaining clarity and arriving at consensus in diverse teams. Only when such teams truly leverage their differences in perspectives and ideas can their organizations reap the benefits of a variety of viewpoints. Livermore refreshingly derides political correctness and suggests that people should embrace their differences instead of seeking commonalities. Though no organization can hope to implement all of Livermore’s ideas, getAbstract recommends his practical suggestions to diversity and inclusion professionals and their HR colleagues.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why diversity without inclusion does more harm than good
  • How to generate competitive advantages through diverse teams and “cultural awareness.”


Simple Diversity Doesn’t Work
Many leaders and teams have had it with diversity. They’ve run programs and training sessions, and they’ve recruited diverse employees only to see no gains except, perhaps, an increase in problems and infighting. Whether or not you institute diversity intentionally...
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About the Author

David Livermore, PhD co-leader of the Cultural Intelligence Center, speaks worldwide about culture, identity and inclusion, and is a visiting fellow at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

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