If half-understood, the phrase “unconscious bias” can easily become a political flashpoint. But it’s a psychological fact that no human is free of biases and blind spots. And the fact that many of these are unconscious can make them even more difficult to observe and accept in ourselves, though they may be blindingly obvious to others. That’s why inclusivity programs need to include difficult conversations and a clear framework for learning from them.
(bright music) … - Unconscious bias is something that we know everybody has. … As I learned about unconscious bias, … the saying to me was if you have a heartbeat, … you have an unconscious bias. … And so it really took away the notion … that somehow you were a bad person … or you were doing something wrong. … It's just something that we all experience … based on how we maybe grew up, where we grew up, … what our environment was around that, … what our experiences had been that made us who we are today. … And those things can create unconscious biases. … The point of that is really to just know that it exists. … It exists in everyone, and we can do things … to interrupt that so that we don't behave in a way … in the workplace that inadvertently even excludes people. … And we've used that as a foundation to then develop programs … where we can have a real talk series, … maybe about race and ethnicity or on men as allies … or gender partnership in addressing women in the workplace. … (bright music) …
This course includes videos from:
Jane Hyun, an internationally renowned executive coach and leadership strategist
Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse, a career discovery platform
Wendy Luhabe, South African social entrepreneur
Nilofer Merchant, marketing expert and TED speaker (“Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation”)
Claire Groen, vice president of litigation and deputy general counsel at Amway
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