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The latest thought leadership around diversity and inclusion best and next-generation practices to help organizations create sustainable change that will propel the organization forward.

Icarus Consulting’s Center for Strategy, Innovation, and Results is setting the benchmark for diversity and inclusion thought leadership.

No matter what your role — an executive, a manager, a business owner, or someone just getting started professionally — we believe each person in the organization has 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 — it directly impacts the bottom line. Simply put: all organizations are trying to make a dollar out of 15-cents.  Harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion is essential for the very viability and sustainability of every organization.

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 are based on cutting-edge information and battle-tested strategies that Dr. Goode, and the Icarus team have implemented at Fortune 500 companies around the country. These strategies will allow your organization 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 America’s efforts to become more diverse and inclusive gone off the rails.

Forget the Comey revelation and other headlines! Winter in America provides a candid acknowledgment about the electorate. No explanation of 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 and unseized opportunities, the undiscussable misfires, and the unwritten decisions that resulted in the greatest upset in presidential election history.

Drawing on Dr. Goode’s deep knowledge of social justice and racial politics from his previous book the acclaimed Crisis as a Platform for Social Change - Winter in America: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Diversity in Companies, Communities and the Country 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, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016. And more importantly – what may lay ahead in the years to come.

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 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— beyond finger-pointing and well-meaning initiatives and toward 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 that result from a society awakening to the fact that it is becoming more diverse and struggling with the social and political changes to make it more inclusive.

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 resultsDiversity 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 that will help them identify locate strengths and weaknesses in their diversity strategy.

- Chief Diversity Officers will be able to identify outdated paradigms and misguided diversity management initiatives that 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 and provides diversity practitioners with battle-tested strategies that enhance organizational performance.

So You Think You Can Teach: A Guide for The New College Professor

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; create an inclusive learning environment that capitalizes on the creativity and richness that adult learners bring to the classroom; manage student differences by building bridges between the various groups within the classroom; and develop the teaching skills necessary to help your students achieve their desired learning goals.

This straightforward guide is the product of more than two decades of college and university teaching experience. The lessons and methods developed by Goode give new college professors and instructors concrete, practical ways to increase their creativity, innovation, and productivity in the classroom.

So You Think You Can Teach creates confident, effective teachers with the knowledge and skills to help their students reach their educational goals.

Champions Never Tell

Champions Never Tell gives women the power to take control of their work-life and circumstances.

While women are waiting for their leaders, organizations or HR to assist them, they are suffering in a multitude of ways. Champions Never Tell offers women insight on self-care and what they can do for themselves to save themselves. 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.