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Calling Out Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

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Unconscious bias in the workplace must be addressed in the moment. Left unheeded, the detrimental compounding effects not only damage the victim, but perpetuate the problem for others and drastically reduce team productivity and effectiveness. When staff members have the right skills to navigate inevitable workplace bias, it removes tension, builds trust and cohesion, and drives high-performing winning teams.

When a staff member falls victim to a bias-related incident, utilizing the simple question, “I don’t understand?” provides a gateway for non-confrontational dialogue. The question isn’t accusatory, aggressive, or petulant, yet it cuts to the core of the problem and unearths the issue at hand. It gives the perpetrator the benefit of the doubt. Simultaneously, the victim asking the question can wield a level of control regardless of the perpetrator’s seniority. Because the line of enquiry is developmental, non-accusatory, dispassionate, and impartial, it allows the unconscious bias infraction to be discussed and resolved collaboratively.

Buki Mosaku draws on personal experience, along with situations from clients’ workplaces, to illustrate why his “I Don’t Understand?” method offers an effective solution.

Tune in to hear Antonio's answers to questions such as:

  • You talk of career-stifling unconscious bias in the workplace. Can you explain?
  • Can you explain the multidirectional nature of unconscious workplace bias?
  • You talk of organisations and people in general, needing to unsubscribe from the 'Guilty Perpetrator versus Hapless Victim' Model if they want to effectively navigate bias. Please explain.
  • Why "I don't understand?.."- that's an interesting title for a book.
  • And much, much more!

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