What is unconscious bias?
Psychologists tell us that our unconscious biases are simply our natural people preferences. Biologically, we are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests. Social psychologists call this phenomenon ‘social categorisation’ whereby, we routinely and rapidly sort people into groups. This preference bypasses our normal, rational and logical thinking. We use these processes very effectively (we call it intuition) but the categories we use to sort people are not logical, modern or perhaps even legal. Put simply, our neurology takes us to the very brink of bias and poor decision making.
During this session Laurence Harvey of Perspicuous will help us:
- Define unconscious bias
- Explain how unconscious bias affects our decision-making
- Explain the adverse impact unconscious bias has, both on individuals and organisations
- Detect and describe their own biases
Laurence has over 30 years of experience in coaching and advising on Leadership, Persuading & Influencing and Management Skills. He has advised and trained senior level executives in both the public and private sector. Laurence has 10 years experience at board level and brings this insight to the table when advising and supporting other business leaders. Laurence combines an extensive understanding of human interaction with his commercial experience and coaching skills, to ensure that decisions and plans are effectively implemented and to support business leaders towards achieving their objectives.
This thought provoking, enlightening, interesting and challenging workshop will provide you with the opportunity for honest self-reflection in a safe environment. You will have time to reflect on what has and still does influence our thoughts, values and opinions. You will then be able to check that the behaviour is fair and justifiable, regardless of what you are thinking.
We look forward to welcoming you to a great event that will give you time to Stop, Think and Reflect, to help develop ourselves further.
Professional photography and video production may take place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.