Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging To Build Innovative Teams [Book Review]

Why is it that some leaders are able to attract retain and engage diverse teams while others miss opportunities  or fail altogether?

The answer is the ability to Inclusify

That’s according to the author of a compelling book that I’m discussing in this week’s show

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re reviewing Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging To Build Innovative Teams by Stephanie K. Johnson PhD

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • Inclusify as a concept
  • The Four Follies of Leadership
  • The ABC’s of Bias much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show

Inclusify: Embrace different perspectives and fit them all together

“The author defines this as a verb” To live and lead in a way that recognises and celebrates unique and dissenting perspectives while creating a collaborative and openminded environment where everyone feels they truly belong” “

Inclusion is uniqueness and belonging

“You need to understand this to understand the book.  The entire book can be described as exploring the relationship between uniqueness and belonging”

ABC/s of Bias

Admit it, Block it, Count it ABC. Admit it, Block it, Count it”


Stephanie K. Johnson PhD


The Elements of Inclusion #4

Leaders must collaborate innovatively to leverage cultural expertise and drive business performance.

  • Why inclusive outcomes are driven by innovation
  • How developing a business case for diversity and inclusion specific to your organisation is a competitive advantage
  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

The Elements of Inclusion #1

Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
  • Why Leaders must consistently negotiate the line between organisational commitment and personal authenticity to promote performance
  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences