WHY THIS BOOK:⁠


5 Interesting insights: ⁠

Inclusifyer: To lead in a way that celebrates unique and dissenting perspectives while creating a collaborative environment where people feel they belong. We should all strive to be an "inclusifyer."⁠

The buying power of African Americans is 1.5 Trillion in 2021. What made a company money 20 years ago may not make money today. Understand your demographics and create products that are inclusive. ⁠

You process 11 million pieces of information in a second and are only conscious of about 40. That is a lot of information you are not aware of. Check your assumptions regularly and encourage others to call you in. ⁠

When men are engaged in gender inclusion programs 96% of companies see progress. Sponsorship is a key component and men are an important part to the success. ⁠

Best leaders have 2 skills in common: 1. Embrace different perspectives 2. They fit all unique pieces of a team together to create a cohesive team. The expectations of leaders today are extremely high and leaders need to be constantly up-skilling and supporting their teams.⁠


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WHY THIS BOOK?



Remember the book the Happiness project well yes that's Gretchen Rubin. Did you know we repeat about 40% of our behaviour almost daily, so our habits are really important.


If you have read Atomic Habits by James Clear it is similar except Gretchen Rubin bases her book on the four tendencies: Upholder, Questioner, Rebel or an Obliger.


There is a quiz at the back of the book to see who you think you are. It reminds me a bit of a personality assessment.


I am an upholder which means I respond readily to both outer and inner expectations. For example, I wake up and think about what is on my to-do list today and I tend to like to follow rules.


Now once you know your tendency she discusses different strategies to get your habits to stick. The one strategy I really liked was the strategy of pairing. The strategy of pairing is when you couple two activities together. One that you need or want to do and one that you don't particularly want to do. Here is an example, when you walk from room to room you carry something with you. If I am walking from the bedroom to the kitchen I will bring the empty mug or book that needs to go back into the office. I really like this idea and its like you are cleaning up but not :-)


So for me I leave my clothes in one big pile on a beautiful chest that my dad made for our wedding. I am going to commit every time I go into the bedroom to put one piece of clothing away. Now I think either I will reduce the amount of time I go into my room or else I may actually reduce the clothes pile. This book provided little tips along the way on how to make your habits easier and to make them stick based on your tendency. I will let you know in a few months how this habit is going.


How many of you have read it?

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These cookies bring back so many memories of my nona and mom making them for hours and always having them handy in big ice cream buckets. They are so delicious.


This book for me was like being invited into 37 homes of those with different disabilities. I was invited to see what a day in the life was like. The book is broken down into 4 sections: Being, Becoming, Doing and Connecting.


Alice Wong edited the stories and is a disabled activist, media maker and research consultant based in San Francisco. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility project which you can find out more information here: Disability Visibility Project – "Creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture"


Let me share a few stories:

In the Being section June Eric-Udorie talks about waiting to be healed and how her grandmother would say if you really believe, if you really pray and cry out, then God will heal you. June was born with idiopathic nystagmus which is a complex condition where your eyes move involuntarily in a small, repeated back-and forth motion. She shares her story of growing up and gaining independence and how she no longer is focused on the church to save her and how she goes to church happy and whole.


There were so many stories that helped me to increase my understanding around disability and I really appreciated how real these stories were and how people with disabilities are not struggling but also living with joy. This is another book recommendation especially because there are not many books around disability.

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