The Elephant and the Mouse: Moving Beyond the Illusion of Inclusion to Create a Truly Diverse and Equitable Workplace

  • 4h 23m 35s
  • Laura A. Liswood
  • Gildan Media
  • 2022

In The Elephant and the Mouse, award-winning speaker and diversity and inclusion expert Laura Liswood delivers a thought-provoking and insightful new business guide that explores workplace diversity and offers new ideas for gaining the real benefits from your diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The Elephant and the Mouse refers to the dynamic in organizations that are roadblocks to consciously inclusive success. The Elephant, often dominant in group leadership, knows little about the experiences of the Mouse, the non-dominant groups, while the Mouse knows so much more about the Elephant. In diverse workplaces, these two groups live in different worlds. Success will come only if everyone works in a true meritocracy. You learn what may be easy for some to do in their career is much harder for others to do.

In this book, which builds upon Liswood's groundbreaking book, The Loudest Duck, you'll explore the powerful case for diversity, equity, and inclusion and the often-overlooked risks posed by a homogeneous workforce. You will learn the hard truths about why many DE&I efforts fail, millions of dollars are wasted, and why organizations confuse efforts with outcomes. You'll also consider new ways of leading others, with a strong emphasis on tactics and strategies employed by successful Elephant and Mouse leaders, including women leaders.

About the Author

LAURA LISWOOD is a speaker, author, and diversity and inclusion expert with an interest in the myths of leadership and the lessons to be learned from real-world women and men leaders. Former Managing Director and Senior Advisor for Goldman Sachs and retired reserve police Sergeant, she is the Secretary of the Council of Women World Leaders in Washington, D.C. Her previous books include The Loudest Duck, Women World Leaders, and Serving Them Right.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Hard Truths
  • Chapter 2 - The Elephant and the Mouse
  • Chapter 3 - Beyond the Business Case for Diversity: Rewards and Risks
  • Chapter 4 - Our Illusions, Myths and Mindsets
  • Chapter 5 - What You Can Do Easily
  • Chapter 6 - We Are All Human with, Help from Nonhumans
  • Chapter 7 - The Elephant and Mouse Inclusive Leader


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