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The latest thought leadership around diversity and inclusion uses best and next-generation practices to help organizations create sustainable change that will propel them forward. Icarus Consulting LLC’s Center for Strategy, Innovation, and Results is setting the benchmark for diversity and inclusion in thought leadership.


No matter what your role is, whether it is an executive, a manager, a business owner, or someone just getting started professionally, we believe that you have the power to drive change and influence inclusion. Dr. Shelton Goode has written and contributed to numerous books that provide the tools to do exactly that.

The Secret Sauce

Each of these books can help organizations pivot from command-and-control leadership styles and create “people first” organizational cultures.

The Exciting Part

There is no better time than now. And when organizations create cultures that embrace diversity and foster inclusion, the bottom-line is directly impacted. Simply put: all organizations are trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents. To become sustainable and viable, every organization must draw upon the power of inclusion and diversity.

The Payoff

When organizations intentionally make space for diverse voices, they discover that diversity and inclusion impart critical knowledge, better problem-solving, and creative innovation. Each of the books is based on cutting-edge information and battle-tested strategies that Dr. Goode and the Icarus Consulting LLC team have implemented at Fortune 500 companies around the country.


These strategies will allow you to empower employees in your organization to use all their talents and potential to drive positive change and bottom-line results!


It’s time to go beyond hopeful ideals and into change-inducing action. Because when people feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard by their colleagues and organizations, incredible things happen.


Winter in America: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Diversity in Companies, Communities and the Country

It was never supposed to happen! Donald Trump was never supposed to survive the Republican primaries. How Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election is the dramatic story of how America’s efforts to become more diverse and inclusive has gone off the rails.


Forget the Comey revelation and other headlines! Winter in America provides a candid acknowledgment about the electorate. No explanation of the 2016 presidential election results can begin with anything other than the core problem: the backlash against diversity in the country.


Through deep analysis and research, diversity expert Dr. Shelton J. Goode has reconstructed the key decisions, unseized opportunities, and the indiscussable misfires. Even the unwritten decisions that resulted in the greatest upset in presidential election history didn’t escape
Dr. Goode’s scrutiny.


Dr. Goode’s previous book, the acclaimed Crisis as a Platform for Social Change, reflected his deep knowledge of social justice and racial politics. He drew on this material for his book Winter in America: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Diversity in Companies, Communities and the Country. This offers an object lesson in how the country’s struggles with its growing diversity resulted in populist fury that manifested itself on both the Right and the Left.


Moving blow-by-blow from the presidential campaign's divisive start through the bewildering result of election night, Winter in America tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal. These lessons are filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016. And more importantly, they suggest what may lay ahead in the years to come.

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Champions Never Tell

Champions Never Tell aims to give women the power to control their work, life, and other circumstances. This book offers insight on self-care and alternate courses of actions to save themselves, while waiting for their leaders, organizations, or HR to assist them. It’s not intended to discredit an organization, male bash, name call, or portray women as victims.


Seven incredible women bravely share their stories of being in hostile work environments to give clarity to the ambiguity that many women experience when trying to determine whether they’re harassed. An appendix in the book offers 31 insights, recommendations, and action steps that women can take to assess where they are and take control of their health.

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Diversity Managers: Angels of Mercy or Barbarians at the Gate


Why do some diversity strategies contribute to organizational success while other strategies fail to launch?


The answer, according to author Dr. Shelton J. Goode, is that successful diversity managers can implement diversity initiatives that produce results! Diversity Managers: Angels of Mercy or Barbarians at the Gate is valuable for a wide audience because it provides diversity practitioners and business leaders alike with a Diversity GPS. This will help them identify and locate strengths and weaknesses in their diversity strategy.


Chief Diversity Officers will be able to identify outdated paradigms and misguided diversity management initiatives. These have often prevented organizations from truly capitalizing upon the rich talent embedded in their workforce diversity. As a result of these new insights, they will be able to take specific actions to better leverage diversity and further their organizations’ goals.


Business leaders at all levels of the organization will find best practices that they can use immediately and recommend to their colleagues and fellow managers.


Diversity management practitioners can judge where their past efforts have yielded success and what initiatives require a new approach. The book provides practical recommendations to guide their efforts.


Diversity management scholars will find this research valuable, given the increasing interest in whether companies have been able to maximize their diversity management efforts and tap the strength of its employees to positively impact the organization.


This book is based on extensive research and practical experience. Dr. Goode challenges other diversity efforts, which are based on untested assumptions. He provides diversity practitioners with battle-tested strategies that enhance organizational performance.

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So You Think You Can Teach: 

A Guide for New College Professors on 

How to Teach Adult Learners

Why do some professors always receive positive evaluations from students while other instructors struggle from class to class?


The answer, according to author Dr. Shelton J. Goode, is that successful professors can create a dynamic learning environment for all their students, regardless of age or level of knowledge.


Based on extensive research and experience, So You Think You Can Teach shows readers how to recognize and rectify classroom issues that can inhibit the full participation of a diverse student body. It teaches readers how to create an inclusive learning environment that capitalizes on the creativity and richness that adult learners bring to the classroom.


Moreover, it gives information on how to manage student differences by building bridges between the various groups within the classroom. It also shows readers how to develop the teaching skills necessary to help their students achieve their desired learning goals.


This straightforward guide is the product of more than 2 decades of college and university teaching experience. So You Think You Can Teach aims to create effective and confident teachers equipped with the right knowledge and skills, to help students reach their
educational goals.


Goode developed the lessons and methods in a way that will give new instructors and college professors concrete, practical ways to be creative, innovative, and productive in the classroom.

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Crisis as a Platform for Social Change from Strawberry Mansion to Silicon Valley

If you could read only one book about diversity, this is it! Dr. Shelton Goode answers a collective hunger for a new direction, fresh solutions to old problems, and a different kind of conversation—straight talk with no chaser—to a new generation.


Crisis as a Platform for Social Change from Strawberry Mansion to Silicon Valley is Dr. Goode’s impassioned wake-up call to take our understanding of diversity to a wholly new level. This means beyond finger-pointing and well-meaning initiatives. Instead, towards the shared goal of building inclusive communities, robust companies, and a thriving country!


This original and thought-provoking book will help leaders in any setting—business, educational, and community—break out of the status quo and reinvigorate the spirit “that we can do better than this”!


The book, which chart’s Dr. Goode’s own evolution in diversity thinking, includes deeply felt personal perspectives on tensions and uncertainties. These result from a society awakening to the fact that it is becoming more diverse and struggling with social and political changes to make it more inclusive.

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