One of the keys to inclusivity is to make sure that everyone has the same access to opportunities. As corporate boards diversify and workplaces become more conscious, leaders often wonder how to start conversations about change while making sure everyone’s voice is being heard. Kristen Bakalar, Consultant & Creator, reveals the best techniques for employees, managers and HR in “You’re Invited: A Non-Fluffy, Straight-To-The-Point, Easy-To-Digest Perspective On Why Belonging Is Best For Business” to invite others into conversations.
What is your book about?
This book highlights the power of the invitation in our relationships, mostly at work. When we are invited to speak, we are more likely to offer our wisdom. When we are invited to participate, we are more likely to engage. And when we are invited to the table, we are more likely to offer our insights. Too often, we assume that everyone has an equal opportunity to speak, but that is not the case. This book offers pragmatic ideas for how to bring in the voices of those of us who live closer to the margins, how to ignite innovation with new ideas, how to get the best from our colleagues, and in doing so, how to create a more inclusive workplace.
Why should people read it? Who is the book for?
If you work in an organization, this book is for you! This book is for team leaders, HR directors, DEIB practitioners, and anyone who wants to be more effective—and more inclusive—in their leadership.
Single most important takeaway:
We tend to think that by virtue of not being exclusive, we are automatically inclusive. But that’s not the way it works. If you are not intentionally including people, you are unintentionally excluding them. Being inclusive requires proactivity; it requires an invitation.
Meet the author
Kristen Bakalar is a status quo disruptor, a workplace innovator, a change accelerator and a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion. She runs her own consulting practice, where she specializes in what she calls “the fun parts of HR.” That includes culture, DEIB, leadership development, talent management, career movement, and more.
She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, she is a published author, and she has been a featured speaker on the topic of DEI in such places as DisruptHR, SHRM, and within the walls of several private organizations. Bakalar brings a fresh perspective to the work, a human-centered mindset and an innovative spirit that pushes companies to find and create opportunities for improvement.