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The Careerist: Confronting Your Bias

MindAlyssa Davis
Photo by Mosa Moseneke on Unsplash

Photo by Mosa Moseneke on Unsplash

"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.” – Frank A. Clark

On Being Biased

We can be absolutely certain of three things in this life: death, taxes, and bias. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's a thing. We all have them. It's what we do about them that matters. Here are a few ways to confront your biases head on so you can be a better coworker and leader in the office:

  • Take Harvard's Project Implicit IAT test. Figure out your biases (conscious and unconscious) – you might be surprised.

  • Tiffany Jana's book "Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences". Read it.

  • Try one of Jana's exercises right now. Think about this. Let's say you win the lottery or get a divorce or get pregnant (ie some major life event happens). Who are the first five people you tell? Okay – now what does the demographic of those five people look like? Economically, politically, religiously? What are their ages, their races, etc? Do they all look like you? Again, not necessarily a bad thing, but maybe it's time to branch out a bit. Experience life with people from different walks.

Be intentional about confronting your own biases and owning up to them.