We make hundreds of decisions every day in favor of one group or individual and to the detriment of another, without even realizing we are doing it. This is happening to all of us, even when we are consciously committed to inclusion. Being biased is just the way our unconscious brains work. Unfortunately, this plays out in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance discussions, mentoring, making job assignments, offering promotions, deciding organizational policies, ways we treat customers, conducting marketing campaigns, deciding who gets growth opportunities, and even listening to other’s ideas.
Research is beginning to show that this unconscious bias is insidious and can negatively impact the organization’s culture and financial success without anyone realizing it. So, for organizations to thrive, it is crucial to understand how and where this bias comes from, how it manifests itself, and how to increase awareness of it in order to mitigate it.
In this highly interactive and guilt-free workshop we’ll explore how we miss seeing our various biases. To shine a light on them we’ll discuss inclusive policies to take our unconscious brains out of the equation. We’ll also explore behavioral strategies that can affirm, welcome and connect us to those who are different than us. In adopting these policies and behaviors, we’ll be treating our colleagues, hiring candidates, clients and others with honor, respect and dignity so they and our organization can realize their full potential.(This is part of the Leadership & Management Certificate Program, but you do not need to enroll in the program to take this workshop.)
Shining a Light on Unconscious Bias—The leadership perspective
By Janet M. Edmunson, M.Ed.
Participants will be able to:
How This Program Differs from Traditional Diversity Training Workshops
Research is starting to reveal that traditional diversity programs are not always effective. In fact, some participants leave those programs feeling defensive and with a greater degree of bias than before attending. This workshop, on the other hand, focuses on the unconscious bias that every one of us has and is designed specifically to not produce a defensive response.
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Janet Edmunson, M. Ed., is president of JME Insights and partner in sPeak Performance. She has over 30 years' experience in leadership in both large and small organizations. She was the Corporate Manager of Wellness Programs for Georgia-Pacific Corp., and has been a leader in, or consultant to, small and mid-size from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass. as Director of Prevention and Wellness, and has been a consultant and national motivational speaker, having spoken to over 300 groups.