If you have a brain, you are biased
The human body sends 11 million bits per second to the brain for processing, yet the conscious mind is able to process only 40-50 of them…
Thus, we process more unconsciously than consciously. Our brains do this because they must. If we had to process everything consciously, a single day would be too exhausting to get through it. However, unconscious bias does not explain all prejudice and discrimination.
We all have unconscious biases. The brain takes in more information than it can process, relying on mental shortcuts, stereotypes, and prejudice to simplify and deal with the world around us. This human organ is powerful but subject to limitations. Sometimes operating on autopilot. Imagine what impact it may have on you, your organization, personal life? Huge. Where to start?
Awareness is always the first step – identifying the types of bias likely to be widespread in your life. Once you know which type of bias you are dealing with, you can put the strategies in place and make more effective decisions.
Our unconscious bias kick-off program is a good start… and can be a real eye-opener for a leader and the team! But the training-only approach is not enough. Inclusion is one of the most important things to be mindful of, and thus changes need to impact processes, systems, structures, office interiors, performance reviews, recruitment standards, onboarding, etc.
The kick-off program is available in a combined option: virtual (foundations) and classroom (extended).
The question is not if you have bias but which are yours.