|Happy May! May we talk about bias?
I recently led a workshop on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) based off the book by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.
If you have never taken their EQ assessment let me explain.
The basic premise is that, like a personality or IQ, everyone has EQ as well. And your EQ is measured based on your competency in 4 areas:
- social awareness
- relationship management
And everything starts with self-awareness. No surprise there.
In this workshop I decided to kick things off with and exercise about self-awareness through the lens of unconscious bias.
As I like to say, “It’s called unconscious for a reason”.
And, though the team failed miserably in the exercise (as expected), they had their own self-awareness around how they operate daily from a place of bias. This was the point-you don’t know what you don’t know until you know it.
This month we dig into bias. This is a broad and deep topic on one hand and can seem quite daunting. Yet, by having a clear intention to take on bias in your organization, you can make positive impacts quickly.
We will give you 3 tips to get things started.
In our ICYMI section (just in case you missed it!) we give you more info on what other companies are doing to recognize bias and a cool article on using Artificial Intelligence to combat bias.
This will not be the last time we talk about this important topic because…well…bias is one of the main derailers to creating and inclusive work culture for all, but we hope this is a great start to raising awareness.
All the best!
CEO | Founder of InspiHER Tech, a Laso Company