Managing Unconscious Bias: Observe, Reflect and Act
How you were raised, your background, personal experiences, societal expectations and stereotypes and cultural context can influence your decisions and actions without you realizing it. Implicit or unconscious bias happens when we make decisions in a nano second. Our quick judgments and assessments of people and situations are hard wired in our DNA. They are rooted in our early evolution for survival. It enabled us to decide who was friend or foe. It is our blind spot that we are often not aware of or how this implicit thought pattern governs our behaviors. Unfortunately, unconscious bias can lead to devastating consequences. The good news is there is a lot we can do about it. We no longer need the primitive function it once served. Today we have more control over our awareness levels and behavior. This program presents suggestions for managing unconscious bias through how-to-steps, self-assessments and case studies.
- What is bias? It’s complicated!
- What is the difference between implicit and explicit bias?
- What is the evolutionary function of unconscious bias?
- How to gain awareness about our own biases.
- The role of common ground in rectifying unconscious bias.
- How is emotional intelligence related to bias?
- Unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion.
- How to recover from unconscious bias.