Humanity Works Better by Debbie Cohen and Kate Roekse-Zummer

Humanity Works Better

5 Practices to Lead with Awareness, Choice and the Courage to Change

Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer

Get the most out of your team—including yourself

Convert your company culture from toxic to healthy, competitive to collaborative, fearful to trusting, one human at a time. Starting with you!

In this revolutionary approach to workplace productivity, leadership experts Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer show you how to chart a new path forward: one that brings humanity to the workplace through awareness, choice, and courage. Inspired by proven techniques they’ve used to transform teams at organizations like Mozilla, Pinterest, Saba, Articulate, and Charge EPC, the authors guide you through their transformative Five Practices. The result? A healthier, more productive work environment that draws the best—rather than squeezes the most—out of people.


“To help build a human-centered organization, you have to reach within yourself, reach across to your colleagues, and reach out to those you serve. This book can show you how.”

“For every leader who wants to engage in the rewarding, messy, heart-centered work of creating a human-centered organization, Humanity Works Better lights the way. It helps us become more aware, more intentional, more powerful agents in creating the life-giving outcomes we deeply desire at work. The toolkit of practices Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer offer will transform you and your organization in a way that will have your heart leaping with gratitude.”

“Rooted in decades of leadership and consulting experiences, Humanity Works Better offers sage advice for leaders on creating a more productive and healthier workplace by focusing on relationships.”


Humanity Works Better is a practical guide for making people productive in today’s disruptive world. Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer have leveraged their extensive experience to develop a step-by-step approach for building trust and holding people accountable. This book presents simple techniques for changing your culture, starting with you.”

Humanity Works Better offers concrete evidence for how investing in your people’s well-being today will have a direct impact on your bottom line. Equipping us with the courage to let go of what is no longer working for us, this book gives us the refreshing opportunity to explore our vulnerability as a strength in the path to productivity. Required reading for every leader.”

Humanity Works Better is a manifestation of passion becoming purpose. Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer have been championing this kind of work for decades. Their book reinforces that change starts with YOU. Their Five Practices offer straightforward, no-nonsense skills to begin your personal transformation.”


Debbie Cohen’s beliefs about human potential are grounded in decades of work with humans big and small. Her career began as a preschool teacher. She moved on, building strategies with companies seeking to attract and retain key talent through work/life initiatives. Shifting from consulting to internal work, Debbie became known for getting groups who did not typically work well together to a place of shared focus and effort. This ignited a bigger shift into executive leadership roles in HR at Time Warner, Razorfish, Mozilla, and First Look LLC.

Kate Roeske-Zummer knows vulnerability-based leadership creates stronger relationships, more authentic connections, and better results. In 2003 she became a certified coach. Several decades and hundreds of clients later, Kate remains steadfast in her calling to support people on their journey to be the humans they want to be. Kate is now a master coach, even devoting eight years to training other coaches on the faculty of Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). She has brought her skills to organizations including Mozilla, Pinterest, Adobe, DaVita, CBS Interactive, United Way of America, Intuit, Clever, Charge EPC, and Articulate.

ISBN 978-1-77458-050-9
$19.95 CAD $16.95 USD
Published October 26, 2021
5.5 × 8.5 224 Pages
Paperback, ebook, audiobook