A Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller!
A book isn't going to end racism or inequity. But it can be a start.
Birds of All Feathers is a timely call to action for employers, HR professionals, managers and employees to address diversity and inclusion - because it's not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.
Michael Bach helps you develop a better understanding around the nuances of terms like diversity versus inclusion and equity versus equality, and shows how diversity and inclusion can drive innovation and creativity - critical to any business's survival in today's fickle marketplace. You'll learn how to craft a D&I policy that's effective, and how to start the work of dismantling systemic racism and inequity by creating safe work spaces where people can bring their whole selves, find advancement, and succeed.
Whether you are in the arts, healthcare, non-profit, or for-profit sectors, there is a business case for making your organization a space of true inclusion. In Birds of All Feathers, Michael Bach presents a feisty and honest case for the business advantage of diversity and inclusion in the workplace with practical steps to get there.
This book shows you how to:
Discover your organization's "why"
Learn how to implement and sustain beneficial changes
Determine how to measure success for your business
With more than twenty years of experience in the field, Michael Bach, founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), brings clarity and candor to a daunting subject, and shows you how to get diversity and inclusion right.
No more excuses. No more delays. Change - and growth - starts right here.
About the author
Michael Bach is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion. He is the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, which he founded in 2012 to help educate Canadians on the value of diversity and inclusion. Bach has received repeated recognition for his work, including being named as one of the Women of Influence's Canadian Diversity Champions in 2011 and 2012, and receiving the 2011 Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year and the 2011 Out on Bay Street, Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award.
"All organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, will glean helpful tips and ideas from this book. It's also a useful guide for individuals who want to better understand and practice D&I."
Booklist, American Library Association (ALA)
" Birds of All Feathers underscores the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving employee engagement. It offers a holistic approach to diversity, encouraging the reader to see the importance of integrating it into all aspects of an organization, and highlighting its power to drive the bottom line when supported by leadership and principles."
Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO, OMERS
" Birds of All Feathers has become my essential guide to being a better employer. It's fearless, funny, engaging, refreshingly frank, and full of Bach's characteristic compassion and humanity. Come for the advice, stay for the stories of what it's like to work in the inclusion trenches."
Margaret Eaton, National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association
"Michael Bach challenges the notion that diversity and inclusion is no more than just "the right thing to do." By combining his considerable subject matter knowledge with instructive business cases, Bach has demonstrated how strategically critical it is to drive D&I purposefully in every type of organization."
Julie O'Mara, President and Board Chair, The Centre for Global Inclusion
"This should be required reading for any C-level leader looking to kick their organization's D&I into high gear. Bach's insights are brisk, instructive, and readily applicable across a spectrum of business models."
Nikki Holland, President and CEO, Jewish Federations of CanadaUnited Israel Appeal
"Michael Bach is one of the leading architects for diversity and inclusion in North American workplaces. Birds of All Feathers is proof that he is still pushing the discourse forward with practical solutions and tactical guidance for navigating the constantly evolving D&I landscape to superlative strategic success."
Ratna Omidvar, Canadian Senator