Overcome Biases by Moving Toward Them

posted on Tue, Feb 24 2015 9:42 am by Shirley Engelmeier

Overcoming our unconscious biases is necessary in order to move toward a more inclusive workplace. This means setting aside our preconceived notions of those around us and actually getting to know them.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “That’s so hard. How can I change how I’ve been thinking?” Completely changing the way you think is easier said than done. Sometimes this means changing the thought processes you’ve had since you were a child. However, it’s not impossible. This is what Vernā Myers tells us in her TED talk, "How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them."

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