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Book Highlights for November 2023

November 15, 2023 | by Amy Cantin, Manager - Content Development

"One of the many gifts that books give readers is a connection to each other. When we share an affection for a writer, an author or a story, we also have a better understanding of people unlike ourselves. Books cultivate empathy."

- Sarah Jessica Parker

Happy November!

Since we are celebrating Managing Diversity Month throughout November, I started thinking about the myriad ways we can use readable assets—books, articles, audiobooks, book summaries, and audio summaries—to learn more about building a diverse workforce.

Reading about diversity can provide practical advice on how to build a diverse and inclusive workforce. Books can offer guidance on how to expand recruiting efforts to reach more diverse candidates, how to create inclusive job descriptions, and how to provide diversity and inclusion training to employees. This advice can be particularly helpful for smaller organizations that may not have the resources to hire a dedicated diversity and inclusion professional.

Books can also help raise awareness of the challenges and barriers that exist in building a diverse workforce. Many books on the topic address issues such as unconscious bias, lack of representation, and systemic barriers that can prevent certain groups from accessing employment opportunities. By understanding these challenges, employers and employees can be more proactive in addressing them and creating a more equitable workplace.

Finally, books can promote empathy and understanding among employees. Reading books that highlight the experiences of people from different backgrounds and cultures can help employees develop a greater appreciation for diversity and a better understanding of the challenges that different groups may face. This can help create a more inclusive workplace culture where all employees feel valued and respected.

Skillsoft's Percipio platform hosts a large library of carefully curated readable assets on diversity topics to aid in your learning journey. And our OFF THE SHELF book club is an excellent way to engage in thought-provoking discussions about what you've read, and to think critically, which fosters learning and engagement. Be sure to check out this month's Managing Diversity Month bookshelf to learn more about building inclusive organizations, becoming a DEI ambassador, and the countless benefits of cultivating a diverse workforce.

This month, join me in expanding our knowledge of the many important facets of diversity and what it truly means to build a culture of inclusion in your organization.

This newsletter features new releases, a roadmap for the next three months, information about our monthly book club selections and bookshelves, occasional publisher updates, and other book-related news. As you browse through this month's new releases, I invite you to find new ways to incorporate books into your learning solutions.


We add new content daily and remain committed to offering best-in-class content from our valued publisher partners. Check out some of these
recently released books, audiobooks, and book summaries, and add them to your reading list!

OFF THE SHELF book club


Stress Awareness Week invites us to delve into the complexities of stress, understand its manifestations, and cultivate resilience. OFF THE SHELF is featuring a bookshelf that spotlights the multifaceted nature of stress and its profound impact on mental health.

While Stress Awareness Week occurred earlier this month, it's important to remain informed on the symptoms and impacts of stress on our lives every day.

Visit OFF THE SHELF today to leverage the discussion questions for this bookshelf.

Managing Diversity Month

Managing Diversity Month celebrates and emphasizes the importance of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplaces and communities. To recognize Managing Diversity Month, OFF THE SHELF is featuring a bookshelf of resources which encourage the creation of inclusive spaces where everyone, regardless of their background, can thrive and contribute their unique talents.

Visit OFF THE SHELF today to leverage the discussion questions for either of these bookshelves.


In this newly revised third edition of Leading with Questions, renowned global leadership consultants Michael Marquardt and Bob Tiede describe how to ask powerful questions that generate short-term and long-term results and success. They show you how effective leaders use questions to encourage participation and teamwork, foster creative thinking, empower others, create relationships with customers, and solve problems. The authors offer step-by-step guidance on the process of learning the art of questioning and techniques ― like active listening and follow-ups ― you can use in myriad situations with individuals, teams, and entire organizations.

Leading with Questions, Third Edition is available on Percipio as a digital book and an audiobook.

Leading with Questions: How Leaders Discover Powerful Answers by Knowing How and What to Ask, Third Edition by Michael J. Marquardt and Bob Tiede | Wiley, © 2023

Check back next month to see more news about Skillsoft's book offering!