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In his autobiography, Nelson Mandela tells of boarding a plane in Africa following his release from 28 years of imprisonment. The pilot of the plane was a black African. Mandela describes how he was frightened and nervous with a black African at the controls. The man who served decades in prison as an anti-apartheid revolutionary, who fought against racism and negative stereotypes his entire life, was experiencing the very thing he spoke out against. When he examined his fears, he realized he had internalized negative stereotypes of black incompetence. Even if we don’t realize it, we all have internalized negative stereotypes of people of a different gender, ethnicity, age, etc. than our own, and even, as in Mandela’s case, about people just like ourselves. As studies of brain function show, these biases operate in our unconscious.
Left alone, these negative stereotypes can bypass our normal, rational, and logical thinking and impact how we act. This can be especially harmful in the workplace. To help organizations raise awareness and learn strategies to minimize negative impacts, Root has developed a 2.5-hour interactive Unconscious Bias workshop that can serve as a companion to the Root Compass® Manager Development Program or stand alone as a way to help organizations empower their people with the insights and tools to overcome unconscious biases.
Through this highly interactive workshop participants will:
- Learn to recognize their unconscious biases
- Understand the impact those biases have on others
- Develop strategies to handle those biases to better manage others
- Minimize the dysfunctional impact of unconscious bias
Is your team ready to think about how stereotypes and biases influence the workplace?
After completing Root’s Unconscious Bias workshop, you and your team will be more empathetic and effective leaders and team players who are better able to identify and handle preconceived associations, biases, and misconceptions.