The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity While Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work

Laura A. Liswood

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Written in an accessible style, The Loudest Duck is a business fable that offers an alternate view of a multicultural workplace through the use of practical stories and cultural anecdotes. For instance, the Chinese teach their children, "The loudest duck gets shot," a viewpoint that gets carried into adulthood, while many Americans are taught, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." As a result, you find two distinct ways of doing business, neither one being necessarily the right or better way. By understanding others' viewpoint, you can understand how better to work with them.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Moving Beyond Diversity: The book challenges the traditional approach to diversity by encouraging organizations to move beyond superficial diversity initiatives and focus on creating inclusive cultures.

  2. Embracing Differences: Liswood emphasizes the importance of embracing and valuing differences rather than trying to assimilate everyone into a uniform culture. Diversity should be seen as a source of strength and innovation.

  3. Inclusive Leadership: The role of leadership in fostering inclusivity is highlighted. Leaders are encouraged to create an environment where diverse perspectives are heard, respected, and integrated into decision-making processes.

  4. Understanding Unconscious Bias: The book addresses unconscious bias and how it can impact decision-making. Awareness and education around unconscious bias are crucial steps in creating a more inclusive workplace.

  5. Power Dynamics: Liswood explores power dynamics within organizations, emphasizing the need to understand and address imbalances to create a more equitable workplace.

  6. Communication Styles: Different cultural backgrounds and personal experiences can influence communication styles. The book discusses how organizations can navigate and appreciate these variations in communication.

  7. Cultural Competence: Developing cultural competence is crucial for working in diverse environments. The book provides insights into understanding and navigating cultural nuances in the workplace.

  8. Creating Inclusive Teams: The importance of building diverse and inclusive teams is emphasized. Organizations are encouraged to go beyond numerical diversity and focus on creating environments where everyone feels heard and valued.

  9. Measuring Inclusion: The book discusses ways to measure and assess inclusion within organizations. Metrics and feedback mechanisms are explored as tools to gauge progress and identify areas for improvement.

  10. Case Studies and Practical Examples: Liswood includes case studies and practical examples from various organizations to illustrate successful strategies for moving beyond diversity and achieving inclusive success at work

Language English
ISBN-10 0470485841
ISBN-13 9780470485842
No of pages 192
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Wiley
Published Date 11 Dec 2009

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Author : Laura A. Liswood

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