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11/29/23 – Unconscious Bias

The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias: How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams by Pamela Fuller and Mark Murphy with Anne Chow

"The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias" by Pamela Fuller is a comprehensive resource offering leaders practical strategies to navigate and mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace. Fuller explores the impact of bias on leadership effectiveness and team dynamics, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and reframing biases. The book provides tools for creating inclusive environments, cultivating authentic connections, and leveraging diversity to build high-performing teams. It also serves as a valuable guide for fostering inclusive leadership and driving positive change within organizations.

To listen to the authors discuss the book, please visit the first YouTube.

To listen to Pamela Fuller discuss breaking down unconscious bias, visit the second YouTube.

“How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias” by Valerie Alexander

In this TED Talk, Valerie Alexander begins with a brain exercise where she asks the audience to visualize scenarios and asks them who the people they pictured looked like. This pushes the audience to recognize the unconscious biases that we all have.

She draws from her experience as an attorney and CEO of a tech start up and shares how she consciously turns the unexpected into the expected and shares tips on how we can do the same.

1. Visualize situations before they happen as you go about your day. Whatever mental picture you get - change it and be open to different possibilities.

2. When you encounter the unexpected, have the courage to examine your behavior. Ask yourself, “Is this how I would handle this situation if this person looked like me or didn’t look like me?”

3. Make a conscious effort to expose yourself and others around you to things that are currently unexpected.

According to Alexander, “The biggest stumbling block to true equality is unexamined behavior.”