I don’t think I am alone in liking to believe that I am a fair person who treats people equally, regardless of their appearance or situation in life, so some years ago I was hugely challenged when I began to learn that my unconscious attitudes and behaviours can sometimes be completely at odds with that belief. That’s why this week’s Choose Your Attitude Show is about unconscious bias.
If you’ve sat through some unbearably boring unconscious bias training at work, please bear with me! This isn’t about a moral high ground, avoiding litigation or being politically correct. It’s about positive psychology, unlocking our potential and the potential of those around us.
Understanding some of the unconscious habits of our minds can enable us to be:
- Better leaders and team members
- More thoughtful parents
- More reliable and caring friends.
It can also increase our empathy and understanding. There’s no denying that our world could do with a little more of that!
Although psychologists are still debating whether we can actually eradicate our own biases, one thing we do know is that we can take steps to mitigate the effects of them. In the video I share a whole pile of practical strategies which can help us to stop bias in its tracks.
If you’re reading this and can’t help but feel that you’ve been at the receiving end of bias, you’re not alone. I’ve been affected by these biases in all kinds of situations – at the school gates, at work meetings and even at Buckingham Palace (watch this week’s episode for THAT story!). If unconscious prejudice, bias or everyday sexism/homophobia is something you experience, then please join me next week as I’ll be covering how to challenge that behaviour and what to say, so your silence won’t sound like acceptance.
For now, don’t forget to choose your attitude – after all, it’s the one thing we always have a choice about.
Resources from this week’s Choose Your Attitude Show
Our Inclusive Recruitment Online Course: https://mixdiversitydevelopers.co.uk/e-learning
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman: https://amzn.to/2LID5Hi [affiliate link]
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