Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.
in an interview about Biases:
- A bias is a particular tendency, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned.
- If you are human, you are biased.
- Approximately 98% of our thinking is done unconsciously so that also means that many of our biases are unknown to us on a conscious level. This doesn’t mean they are not there.
- The Harvard Implicit Bias Test is a great way to check yourself. Most of us are surprised to find we have biases in areas we thought we were neutral about. Take a moment to both contribute to science and learn more about yourself and your unconscious brain processes. This is a great step towards understanding.
- Expose yourself to anti-stereotyping pictures. If you find yourself to have biases you are willing to let go of, regularly look at pictures of people doing things that go against your stereotype. For instance, pictures of women in engineering or IT jobs. This process helps your brain create new stories and connections.
- Ask questions and interact with people different from yourself. You might be surprised with what you learn.
Interviews: Carol Barkes
Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a trend-setting mediator, business executive and educator specializing in the use of neuroscience to improve business performance, interpersonal communications, negotiation and conflict resolution processes for optimally successful results. She is also a speaker, educator, and author of the bestselling book: Success Breakthroughs: Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets for Breaking Through to Success.
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