Beyond Bias: Move from Awareness to Action

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Understanding and working toward eliminating bias is an admirable goal for anyone, but especially for leaders. Leaders make decisions that change lives. They decide who is hired, promoted, or dismissed. They decide where to invest funds, when to bet on new ideas, and what the future of their organizations will be. Because of this, bias is a leadership liability.

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Author Cathleen Clerkin
ISBN 978-1-64761-000-5
Publisher CCL Press
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The quickly escalating globalization and diversification of the workforce, coupled with the increased social demand for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion has made understanding bias critical for anyone with leadership aspirations or responsibilities.

Happily, there are things that leaders can do to not only increase their awareness of bias in their lives, but break the habit of unchecked bias. This book will help you understand what bias is, how you can recognize it, and what you can do about it through using the SCRIPt toolkit.

Table of Contents:

Beyond Bias: Move from Awareness to Action, CCL Press, 2021
INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS BIAS? 1
PART 1: WHY ADDRESSING BIAS IS ESSENTIAL FOR LEADERS 5
TYPES OF BIAS 7
• COGNITIVE BIAS 8
• IMPLICIT ASSOCIATIONS 10
BIAS IS A HABIT 13
PART 2: THE BEYOND BIAS MODEL 15
SOCIAL IDENTITY 16
STEREOTYPES 19
PREJUDICE 21
DISCRIMINATION 24
ORGANIZATIONAL APPROACHES TO DECREASING STEREOTYPES, PREJUDICE, AND DISCRIMINATION  26
PART 3: CHALLENGING THE HABIT OF BIAS — THE SCRIPt™ TOOLKIT 31
SELF-CARE  33
CONTACT  36
RECOGNIZE & REPLACE  38
INFORMATION 41
PERSPECTIVE TAKING  42
SCRIPt™ IN ACTION 46
CONCLUSION 52
BIBLIOGRAPHY 53
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP 57

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