"This book is named after the video series Valuing
Diversity® from Griggs Productions but is not a rehash of
the film. The editors have written four of the chapters and have invited four
others from the field to write chapters contributing their experience and
expertise. Together they have produced a volume of considerable value to the
trainers, managers, executives and to anyone facing the interpersonal / intercultural
dilemmas of our complex workforce and society.
The goal of this work is to take the reader along a road that starts with
initial awareness and moves to essential personal, interpersonal and organizational
skills to reach lasting systemic changes that help to prepare us for the dynamics
of the workforce and the challenges of the global economy.
Chapter one by Lewis Brown Griggs addresses the fundamental basics of diversity
and is the starting point on the road to be traveled. In chapter two, Lente-Louise
Louw introduces an integrated approach to systemic change complete with graphs
and diagrams. Steve Hanamura in "From Courage to Commitment", the
third chapter, helps the reader to set the stage for readiness and commitment.
Frances E. Kendall reviews diversity issues in the workplace and provides
practical advice drawn from mini-case studies.
In chapter five Rafael Gonzalez and Tamara Payne address teamwork and diversity,
and in the sixth chapter Percy W. Thomas offers a cultural rapport model to
foster harmony in the workplace. Lente-Louise Louw returns in chapter seven
to describe UBUNTU, an African philosophy to be applied to diversity
training, with Lewis Brown Griggs writing the final chapter that brings us
to the end of the road. He sees valuing relationship as the heart of valuing
The chapters have mini-case studies, diagrams, skills and tools,
and guidelines for diversity training. The book represents a practical approach
that has great value for both the neophyte diversity trainer and the experienced
professional. More important, I think, the book should be read by executives
and managers so that they can gain an important overview of the road to be
followed that can enhance and enrich their organizations."
Griggs ProductionsSan Francisco CA
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