Building Inclusion — Rebalancing for Bias

  • 1 day(s)Duration
  • MDI2035Course Code
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Course description

Be the place where the best and the brightest are valued and want to work. Bring out the best in all people, regardless of their differences. An inclusive culture is a competitive edge in productivity, innovation, worker retention, and recruitment. All people, including great thinkers, make decisions skewed by unconscious bias. Our brains are wired to prefer that which is similar, comfortable and that we’ve been socialized to see as more valuable. Fear dampens intelligence, and tends to short-circuit creativity as well as a team’s ability to radically innovate. In short, biases can be treason to reason. Learn to counterbalance these biases so you can think more logically, and be part of what brings out the best in others

This is especially important now, as humanity is going through many social changes very quickly. Social “rules” seem to be changing faster than we can keep up. It’s easy to blame each other for having different viewpoints. However, research shows that positive exposure to other groups is what helps make “them” into part of “us”. We’ll take this compassionate approach to all parties in your organization. So, we create a space in which the old timers wondering why they can’t say certain things any more, and the young, hip progressives can learn together how to compassionately communicate in that create calm curiosity and wonder.

Why go to the effort to evolve our cultures? Research also demonstrates that valuing diversity in thought, experience, gender, and other dimensions in an inclusive work environment consistently creates a higher level of innovation, productivity, and financial reward. This is true particularly when diverse teams are managed well.

This course is highly participatory and experiential. Participants leave with valuable data and facts, tools, tips, techniques, and experience that will enhance their understanding of key concepts involving diversity and inclusion in the 21st century and support their ability to deal with complexity and change.

Who should attend

This course benefits all levels of contributors who must collaborate with others to get work done. It’s ideal to have multiple, diverse groups in each course for optimal conversations.

What you will achieve

  • Expand your understanding of skills, tips, and techniques to create, manage, and sustain a more inclusive work environment that supports all dimensions of diversity.
  • Develop a stronger awareness and understanding of unconscious bias and skills to manage more effectively.
  • Increase your ability to manage and lead a diverse workforce.
  • Learn tips and techniques for communicating across diversity.
  • Gain an increased capacity to create a more inclusive and productive work environment.
Key Takeaways
  • Learn brain hacks for an inclusive and energized workforce
  • Understand the power of a few unconscious biases that cause cultural conflict
  • Learn to hack one’s own brain to think more creatively and energize others to do so as well
  • Develop several critical skills of an inclusive culture
  • Develop a personal action plan to continuously improve

What you will learn

Course Outline
Module 1: Identifying Dimensions of Diversity
  • Agreements: Creating the ability to Discuss with Dignity
  • Activity: Diversity Bingo
  • Grounding in personal best practices
  • Presentation: Research on benefits and challenge of diversity
  • Activity: Analysis of dimensions of diversity
Module 2: Building Diversity Awareness
  • Presentation: Understanding biases in the human brain
  • Activities: “Thumb Game” and “Seeing Red” to illustrate biases
  • Presentation and Discussion: Chameleon Effect & purposefully priming yourself
  • Becoming aware of one’s own cognitive biases
  • Counterbalancing one’s own cognitive biases
Module 3: Addressing Common Diversity Challenges
  • Discuss with Dignity: Empathy for excluded.
  • Discuss with Dignity: Compassionately discussing viewpoints
  • Presentation and Discussion: Common social biases
  • “Brain Hacks” to help counterbalance our social biases
Module 4: Application
  • Application presentation
  • Apply Learning from course to you and your organization
  • Develop a plan for taking action on learning