Being unaware is no excuse
It is estimated we are exposed to as many as 11 million pieces of information simultaneously at any one time. However our brains can only functionally deal with about 40. So how do we filter out the rest?
Our minds have evolved to make decisions very quickly, often even before we have “thought about it.”
Unconscious bias refers to the bias we are unaware of, that is out of our control. An automatic bias that occurs when the brain makes quick decisions
Our fundamental way of looking at and encountering the world is driven by the way we are “hard-wired” making unconscious decisions about situations and others based on what feel is safe, likeable, valuable, and competent.
We each possess a perceptive lens that enables us to see certain things while missing others, depending on the focus of our unconscious. In filtering evidence that we collect, generally supporting our already held points-of-view, we see, hear, and interpret differently than other people might. Or we might not even see them at all!
Making decisions largely in a way that is designed to confirm beliefs that we already have, is the phenomenon of “conformational bias” occurring unconsciously in both positive and negative ways? Unfortunately our thoughts and decisions are constantly influenced by widely held stereotypes.
Organizational culture is more or less an enduring collection of basic assumptions and ways of interpreting things that a given organization has invented, discovered, or developed in learning to cope with its internal and external influences. Unconscious organizational patterns, or “norms” of behaviour, exert an enormous influence over organizational decisions, choices, and behaviors.*
Can we educate towards something we supposedly have no control over?
Positive workplace cultures are essential to optimal workplace environments, though do not always exist.
Communicating in a positive manner starts with being selectively aware of our thoughts, words and manner we choose with others. Far from our unconscious habits, developing awareness of strengths both as an individual and a leader to formulate a leadership approach that nurtures the emotional intelligence and communication competencies of those around you, encourages them towards empowerment.