October 2017 Noteworthy Reads on Inclusion & Diversity

Posted on October 10, 2017

October 2017 Noteworthy Reads on Inclusion & Diversity

In a digital world full of noise and endless new information and data, we at Aperian Global are starting a new (free) service. Thanks to the expertise and experience of our employees, we will be curating note-worthy, thought-provoking content such as articles, books, podcasts and more, for you. Each quarter we’ll share novel content in areas related to global talent development, such as global leadership, inclusion & diversity, cultural agility, teaming effectiveness, and much more.

This month we’ll look at our top five recommended reads on topics related to inclusion & diversity.


Thinking, Fast and Slow

Penguin (10 May 2012)
Daniel Kahneman

“In these times of “Unconscious Bias” hype, it’s a researched approach to explore how our reasoning process contains biases, fallacies and systematic errors and thus, divides our minds (dual-process). A lot of self-help value with a lot of examples and easy to understand! A “must read” for all dealing with Diversity & Inclusion these Days.” – Simone-Eva Redrupp, Managing Director, Customized Learning Solutions


These Female Entrepreneurs Created a Fake Male Co-Founder to Work Around Sexism. How Well It Worked Is Incredibly Eye Opening.

Nina Zipkin

“The experience of two female entrepreneurs shows how despite an intensified focus on issues of sexism in the tech industry, there is still a long way to go. A quick read and insight into how gender bias plays in today’s market! “Medena Rastorgoueva, Global Account Manager


Lean In

A Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf
Sheryl Sandberg with Neil Scovell

“I know this is a very famous book and many people have read it, but I somehow thought this was a feminist book and avoided reading it until now. I was surprised this book raised many challenges on Unconscious Bias among men and women and how these unconscious biased causes barriers for gender diversity. This book also has many examples and statistical data along with the personal stories of Sheryl Sandberg. Even though I read only 1/5 of this book as of now, I believe this is a must read book for anyone who are interested in the topic of gender diversity, and of course women who want to know how to navigate the complex balance of work and life.”Keiko Sakurai, Director of Consulting, Japan


What Simon Sinek Got Wrong about Millennials in the Workplace

Thin Difference
Jon Mertz

A talk by Simon Sinek has spurred a lot of discussion as it provided a much less critical way of looking at Millenials and their attitude towards work and life. Sinek cited influences in the macro-environment, such as advances in technology and changed parenting practices, as some of the factors contributing to Millenials’ preferences.

Jon Mertz, in this article, brought forth additional data that refuted some of Sinek’s claims and claims that Millenials are just doing what people do early in their careers.

Despite their differing opinions, I think both men would agree that we need to spend more time with our Millenial employees to get to know them and to find out how they would like to be supported. This line by Mertz sums things up well – ‘Let’s be open to learn and grow, no matter our generation.'”Janet Mi, Director of Consulting, APAC


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