We all suffer from unconscious bias. Neuroscientists believe that more than 99% of the decisions we make and the actions we take are outside of conscious awareness. Most of the time we operate on autopilot – relying on deep-in-the-brain biases, preferences and assumptions that operate largely automatically.
While these mental shortcuts help us make decision quickly and with little effort they can have unintended consequences, including irrational thinking and faulty decision making.
When people are involved, bias can result in stereotyping, prejudice and a lack of diversity and a multitude of problems at work.
There are no prerequisites for this class.
By the end of the session participants will:
- Appreciate the importance of understanding how unconscious bias works
- Have recognized some of their own hidden preferences, assumptions and biases
- Know how to think more critically and consciously when making decisions
- Be aware of the dangers of prejudice and stereotyping other people
- Have an action plan for how to implement their learning so it’s sustainable and transferrable