The Building Blocks of Belonging

5 Steps to Creating a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Culture

Non-Fiction - Education
136 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

In recent years, some long-awaited and welcoming steps have been taken toward creating an egalitarian society where everyone has equal rights and privileges regardless of religion, race, gender, or ethnicity. In The Building Blocks of Belonging, Andrew Adeniyi draws on his experience working in retail management and his background as a first-generation Nigerian American to help business leaders and HR professionals find strategies to nurture a workplace environment that embraces diversity and promotes equitability and inclusivity. In this book, you will learn about prioritizing purpose, organizational goals concerning DEI and why they are a necessity, developing emotional intelligence with the four-quadrant framework, being an empathetic leader, cultivating a growth mindset, the four stages of psychological safety, and much more. Be an inclusive leader and forge relationships built on trust.

The Building Blocks of Belonging is a must-read for those leaders and entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow who want to grow their organizations and cultivate an inclusive environment where people and businesses thrive. Andrew Adeniyi lays out a comprehensive DEI model for small and medium-sized companies to help them incorporate DEI practices that help employees and leaders acclimate and find fulfillment in the workplace. The book shows the benefits of DEI and explores in-depth the different facets of the application of DEI practices, including conflict resolution, negating bias, and handling micro-aggressions. Learn to be an ally and embrace change with an open mind to promote diversity, equality, and creativity. I found the book very informative, educational, and relevant for our times. This is something all professionals should look into. Highly recommended.