YOUR INCLUSIVE BUSINESS CULTURE STARTS HERE
Does your company or organization have trouble attracting and retaining people from diverse and underrepresented communities? Does your organizational culture suffer from low morale, exclusive cliques, or microaggressions you don't know how to address? You Can Be Yourself Here lays out the deep psychology of our need to belong, its critical impact on workplace performance, and the practical steps any organization can take to make everyone feel welcome and included.
Learn how diversity and representation can lead to a greater experience of belonging for everyone. Glean insights from interviews with real employees speaking openly about their workplace experience. Discover how to facilitate a culture of belonging, with practical tips for creating inclusive workplaces where people can show up as themselves.
If you're a founder, leader, or HR practitioner who wants all your employees to feel welcome and fully included at work, DDS Dobson-Smith #1 best selling book - You Can Be Yourself Here - provides the tools you need to start making that shift today.
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT YOU CAN BE YOURSELF HERE
“DDS is a business and cultural impact maker. They help organizations to transform through an extremely rare blend of emotional intelligence and practical business acumen. DDS’s people-driven models are easy to digest, yet help solve complex challenges facing the global organizations of today. This book is a must-read for all business leaders looking to create the conditions for their people—and their business—to be successful.”
Brandon Friesen, CEO at Just Global
“As a fifty-eight-year-old CEO, to have someone you just met look past your executive demeanor and gently challenge you to be authentic is a disruptive experience. To have it lead to a series of personal epiphanies that are now transforming my career is a revelation. My work with DDS could best be captured in the quote from their new book, You Can Be Yourself Here, by an early colleague, Paul Smith, when he said, ‘I see you.’ DDS has developed insights and data that allowed a late-career CEO like me to rediscover what it means to be authentic to myself and to embrace my responsibility to support an environment of safety and belonging for everyone. While working with DDS as an executive coach is an amazing way to get the benefit of their wisdom, reading You Can Be Yourself Here is the next best thing. I strongly recommend you make this the next book you read.”
Courtney Buechert, CEO at Eleven Inc.
“In our ten-year working relationship, DDS has consistently made me smarter. Their empathy and intelligence has helped me see beyond my biases, grow as a leader, and in truth, be a better human being. This is an important and timely book, elegantly capturing critical insights from DDS’s personal and professional journey. It should be an essential read for all business executives, and anyone who just wants to learn.”
Joshua Spanier, Vice President of Marketing at Google
“DDS has a magical way of looking at all perspectives. They have used their unique vantage point to create this incredible book, which is based on their own experiences and the powerful work they’ve done with clients. Read this book—and learn from one of the best on the topic of belonging and inclusion.”
Jennifer Remling, Global Chief People Officer at WPP
“As a psychotherapist, professor, and writer, I can say how much You Can Be Yourself Here is a tremendous gift to the field of psychology. As someone who felt like an outsider growing up and was riddled with self doubt and social anxiety, I can also say how much this book spoke to me on a deeply personal level as well. You Can Be Yourself Here tells powerful stories of struggle, resilience, and resistance that are relatable, heartwarming, and real. Through these stories, readers see their experiences reflected in others and hear new paradigm-shifting perspectives. DDS offers digestible psychological theory behind what it means to ‘belong’ and contextualizes the humanness of the need for understanding, validation, and connection. You Can Be Yourself Here distills and highlights elements that enhance workplace culture and performance so that diversity and inclusion become more than just buzzwords. DDS puts forward an embodied framework that centers diversity and inclusion and offers tangible transformational tools for individuals, companies, institutions, and agencies. Therapy does not have to be the only place we talk about attachment wounding, empathy, and trauma-informed approaches. DDS imagines what the world could be like if we understood the deeper need for these components in our daily lives so that we can more fully be ourselves. With wit, humor, and insight, DDS manages to help us all feel more part of this challenging, terrifying, and otherwise surreal world. “You Can Be Yourself Here truly is for everyone. Add to cart.”
Emily Marinelli, LMFT, Author, and Professor of Psychology
“DDS is a thoughtful, insightful coach. They infuse both business acumen and therapeutic skill into C-suite dynamics in order to ignite the personal self-reflection in white leaders necessary to achieve greater levels of organizational inclusion. The lens through which DDS approaches organizational culture change centers relational dynamics vis-a-vis a western psychological framework. This is an accessible entry point for those leaders not from historically excluded groups to begin to understand the ways in which power and privilege dynamics are harmful. You Can Be Yourself Here helps leaders become curious about how their positionality in society impacts how they show up at work, and acts as a first step in the journey of understanding how individuals consciously and unconsciously contribute to upholding systems of oppression.”
DeAngela Cooks and Taunya Black, Co-Founders of The Mosaic Collaborative
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