Address your unconscious bias │Lesson 4 / 10

How Do I Examine My Own Bias?

4 Mins

Quiz 1 of 2

Your colleague identified that she has a bias that makes her believe younger people don’t take their work seriously. To examine this she met with a younger colleague who proved to be serious and diligent about his work. She tells you that this encounter has changed her whole perspective on young people! What feedback would you have for her?

It’s great that she’s open to changing her perception, but she should be careful not to replace her old bias with a new one.
Sometimes our biases are based in truth. That hard-working younger colleague is the exception to the rule.
It’s impossible to change your perspective after just one encounter. She has to meet with that colleague several more times.
Now that she’s seen success with addressing this one bias, she should move on to addressing other biases she’s identified.

Quiz 2 of 2

Your colleague says that part of addressing unconscious bias is to be totally rational all the time and not let emotions get involved. What can you tell him?

While emotions should be kept in check while making decisions, they are useful as clues to the origins and manifestations of our unconscious biases.
It’s impossible to be rational all the time. You only need to be rational when you notice you’re being biased.
It’s tempting to just be rational and keep emotions out of decision-making, but following our emotions usually leads to better results.
Being rational is part of addressing unconscious bias, but the key is to also let your emotions guide your decisions.

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