It seems now everywhere we turn there is a new story in the news about racism, discrimination, or unfair treatment. How we view the stories and how we perceive the intentions and ramifications within the stories is fueled by our own internal belief systems. What we were taught by our parents, friends, and through our own personal experience creates the lens that we view the world through. This is the foundation for unconscious bias and like it or not, admit it or not, we all have them. If left unchecked, unconscious bias can do a huge disservice to yourself, and to the people around you.
So where do you begin? It begins with questioning your thoughts and long-held beliefs. It requires gathering differing opinions. Sometimes you need to borrow a lens from someone else to be able to see it from another perspective.
Why is dealing with unconscious bias so difficult? Because for most people, second-guessing their own belief systems does not come naturally. Becoming diverse in your thoughts and actions is an intentional choice.
But what happens when you commit to being more open-minded and expanding your thinking, and you begin to ask questions but everyone who you surround yourself with looks and thinks like you? More often than not the opinions you get merely affirm what you already thought or believe instead of providing you with another perspective. Again, most people do this completely unintentionally. The result is called Confirmation Bias.
Take a look at the video below to find out more about Confirmation Bias.
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When it comes to branding and image, corporations, small businesses, schools, and even Entrepreneurs invest a great deal of time and money developing their brand and creating an image that they can be proud of. After all, your brand, speaks on your behalf. Your brand represents who you are, what you stand for, and it tells clients and the community at large what they can expect from you. Your brand is how you show up to the marketplace and potential clients.
The flip side of that is your workplace culture. Your culture is how you show up to your employees and in many cases, the clients that you deal with on a regular basis. Your culture can make or break your brand. How does your organization treat people? How do people ‘feel’ when they engage with your company? Does your culture support your brand?
Often organizations will invest thousands of dollars, time and effort creating a brand and forget that the CULTURE is the backbone of the brand. Creating a culture that is diverse and inclusive is the hinge pin to supporting a vibrant and successful brand. Being intentional about developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture is one of the best investments you can make as a leader. Recently the British Royal Family begun to experience what happens when the culture within does not match the image your brand represents.
Assessing the success of your organizational culture and identifying gaps can be a difficult task. Especially if you are attempting to measure your own commitment and your own success via your own metrics. What may appear to be success internally or when viewed from an executive or management level may fall short from the perspective of your team and/or your community. You may feel as if you are doing “all you can”, “more than most”, or even that you “got it right” and still come up short.
There are a few reasons for this.
After hundreds of years of self-management, the Monarchy is now coming to understand that the way it has always been done, is not going to work in today’s diverse world. The effects of living with the status quo is becoming quite costly.
Creating and maintaining a culture of inclusivity and diversity requires a multi-pronged strategic approach comprised of objective assessments, policy reviews, and ongoing awareness training. That is the value of utilizing external experts. They help you see the whole picture, frame, and all.
If you have not considered having a diversity expert on call or conducted an organizational assessment contact us at Morelandtraining.com and schedule a complimentary consultation today!
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