Everyday Bias by Howard J. Ross – Are you biased? May as well ask, “are you human”? Because if you are human, you are biased. Howard Ross, diversity expert, explores this fundamental truth and the biases we each hold. Most of us do not see ourselves as biased towards people of different races, genders, or religious/cultural backgrounds, and yet, disparities remain in virtually every area of modern life. Even in corporate America, which has seemed to embrace the idea of diversity, patterns of disparity remain rampant. Why?
Recent breakthroughs in the cognitive and neurosciences provide insight into why our results are inconsistent with our intentions. Bias is a survival mechanism that is fundamental to our identity, it is natural to the human mind. It is overwhelmingly unconscious. Ross helps readers understand how and why unconscious bias impacts our daily lives, particularly our daily work lives, incorporating anecdotes from today’s headlines as well as case studies from over 30 years of research. And, most importantly, he answers the question: “Is there anything we can do about it?”, offering ways we can become less unconsciously biased towards people who are different from us. This audio edition includes the added appendix with lessons for handling conflict and bias in the workplace. An invaluable resource for everyone, from those seeking to understand and confront their own biases to business leaders and human resource professionals striving to create bias-free organizations. If we understand the powerful nature of the biases we all have, we can create personal and business environments that are more productive, fairer, and offer greater personal happiness.