We are always on the lookout for resources to inform and challenge the way we think about Inclusion. Here’s a selection of podcasts, videos, books and articles that we’ve found interesting. We hope you feel the same about them and we’d love you to add to our list if you have something you’d recommend! 

Podcasts and Videos

How do men benefit from gender equality?  Michael Kimmel tells you here: TED Talk Michael Kimmel: Why gender diversity is good for everyone, including men

John Amaechi Explains: What is [white] privilege? In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, John is asked what white privilege means to him.

How great leaders inspire action – A TedTalk with Simon Sinek discussing the simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership.

The happy secret to better work – A TedTalk with Shawn Achor. Could we be thinking backwards when it comes to working hard in order to be happy?

How Diversity makes teams more innovative – A TedTalk with Rocío Lorenzo. Are diverse companies really more innovative? This study answers with a clear yes.

Podcast: What’s all the fuss about bias? with Anyika Onuora for D&I Spy: Inclusion, Uncovered. The experiences of gender and racial bias from an Olympic Athlete.

Podcast: Mitigating Unconscious Bias with Rina Goldenberg Lynch for IPFA Emerging Leaders Series (Nov 2020)

Do you have a growth mindset or one that’s fixed and will stand in the way of success?  Dr. Carol Dweck will tell you how you can change your outlook to become more successful: TED Talk Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Ever heard of the Chimp Brain that contributes to stress in a negative way?  There are ways to cage the beast.  Here is how: TEDx Steve Peters: Optimising the Performance of the Human Mind

21st Century Leadership is all about feminine values.  Here is why: TEDx John Gerzema: The Athena Doctrine

Read more about the author of The Athena

This advert shows how deeply rooted gender stereotypes are in our children: Like a girl!

This article lists 5 of the best TED Talks about Diversity in the Workplace.

Books and Articles

Rebel Ideas (Matthew Syed 2019) Examining the power of ‘cognitive diversity’ – the ability to think differently about the world around us.

The Promise of Giants (John Amaechi 2021) Explores the societal concept of masculinity and its negative impacts on boys and men.

Bias Interrupted (Carol Williams 2021) Creating inclusion for real and for good – how it’s dine and how easy it is to get started.

The fearless organisation (Amy Edmundson 2018) For organisations to thrive in the complex knowledge economy, leaders must cultivate psychologically safe cultures.

The Culture Map (Erin Meyer 2016) Breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business.

When cultures collide (Richard D Lewis 2005) You can gain competitive advantage from have strategies to deal with the cultural differences you will encounter in any business setting.

Understanding ‘Covering’ in the Workplace (Mahogany Inclusion Partners 2023) A look at what covering is, why people engage in it at work and it’s impact.

The 6 traits of Inclusive Leadership (Deloitte 2021) An article highlighting what constitutes effective leadership in business and how this is ever-changing.

Key Mental Abilities Can Actually Improve During Aging (Georgetown University Medical Center 2021) A research study into the improvement of mental abilities with aging.

Children at school from 9am-6pm isn’t the answer but family-friendly schools matter (Women’s Agenda 2023) A conversation regarding making school hours more family-friendly.

The Beauty of Age (Women’s Agenda 2023) An inspirational story about the beauty of aging and the conversations it has sparked.

Where are you from (Harvard Business Review 2020) Asking someone, “Where are you from?” can quickly turn into a microaggression.

Be Gender Smart by Inge Woudstra. The key to career success for women.

World’s Women 2020 ( Trends and statistics regarding the state of gender equality in the world.

Want More Diverse Senior Leadership? Sponsor Junior Talent. ( (Harvard Business Review 2020) Sponsorship is emerging as a valuable tool for increasing diversity in an organisation’s senior ranks.

The Costs of Code-Switching (Harvard Business Review 2019) This behaviour is necessary for advancement – but it takes a great psychological toll.

Industry Leaders Interview with Rina Goldenberg Lynch (Dec 2020)

A wonderful article by John Amaechi on Privilege, including White Privilege, as published in the Financial Times in November 2020.

Great summary of insights from ‘Ordinary People, Extraordinary Contributions!’ conference held in June 2017 by Clare McDonald of Computer Weekly.

In today’s workplace, there is no such thing as a typical leader. Read this article to help you identify your own unique leadership style: Business Grapevine: “5 Tips to Find Your Leadership Style” by Amanda Cullen

A woman’s career path is different from that of a man.  Read this article to find out how and why: The Daily Telegraph: “Jungle Gyms and Career Ladders” by Cara Moore

Confidence is like the balance on a bank account: sometimes it’s up, sometimes it’s down.  Read this article to help you keep the piggy bank full: The Daily Telegraph: “How to Be Confident and Overcome the Imposter Syndrome in 6 steps”  by Cara Moore

This article tells you how power posing gives you confidence: The Daily Telegraph: “How Power Posing Can Boost Your Career” by Katie Driver

Want to take stress out of the equation on holiday? Read this article: The Daily Telegraph: “How to Stop Thinking about Work and Unwind on your Holiday” by Katie Driver

Bias – conscious or unconscious – is a natural way for our brains to protect us.  But it doesn’t always serve our best interests.  This article summarises ways in which we can challenge unhelpful bias to ensure we get all the important facts right. Women’s Agenda:  Your Bias is Limiting You: Try this to overcome it!

Being different: This article gives great reasons for sticking to being who we are, no matter how difficult it might be at times.  Fortune: Why Women Should Stop Trying To Be Like Men At Work

This article shares Anne-Marie Slaughter’s views on how not to be perfectThe Guardian: Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Carol Dweck’s book on growth vs. fixed mindset – a MUST read for anyone who cares about self-development: Mindset by Carol Black

Packed with stories and research, this book is the platform for Amy Cuddy’s power-posing story: Presence by Amy Cuddy

What does it take to be successful?  Here’s the number one best-seller book that answers this question: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The science behind successHBR: The making of a corporate athlete

This book shows you how we sabotage ourselves and our reactions, how we make ourselves more or less prone to stress, and how to learn to take charge of your brainThe Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters

Packed with research and examples, this book shows you what the future of business and leadership looks like: The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio

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