Summary of The Inclusion Imperative

How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Builds Better Societies

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The Inclusion Imperative book summary
Is your organization diverse, inclusive – or diverse and inclusive?


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Stephen Frost provides a brilliant, if somewhat long and repetitive, case for a new approach to diversity and inclusion (D&I). Drawing on his experience leading the Diversity and Inclusion team of the “London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games” (LOCOG), he implores you to stop forcing diversity upon your workplace. Stop creating a separate, expensive and often annoying parallel organizational process. Instead, weave diversity and inclusion into your business plan so it aligns with and supports your business objectives. Instead of compliance and policing quotas, use evidence to convince your colleagues that diversity and inclusion are the right values to carry out and the best course for your business. The 2012 London Olympics were the most diverse and inclusive in history; the congruence of those two factors is not a coincidence. getAbstract recommends this inside account of how the London Committee developed its proven, flexible methodology to any leader seeking concrete, immediate applicable ideas and tactics for diversity and inclusion.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Diversity and Inclusion team of the “London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games” (LOCOG) helped stage the most diverse Games ever
  • How to use “Inclusion 3.0” to make your organization competitive, creative and resilient


Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)
Welcome to “Diversity 101” and “Diversity 2.0” – the elementary levels. Diversity 101 emphasizes compliance and enforcement. It doesn’t work. Diversity programs at the “Inclusion 2.0” level promote mandatory training, mentoring and integration, but they...
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About the Author

Diversity consultant and Harvard Kennedy School lecturer Stephen Frost is past head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London Olympic Games.

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