Blindspot: Hidden biases of good people
Good people intend well. We intend to make professional choices and decisions in a manner that is error-free, fair, and in the interest of our organizations.
Research from the last fifty years has challenged the possibility that we actually do so. Specifically, we now know that our actions can be inconsistent with our values and obstruct the very goals we strive for as individuals and professionals. We now know that these errors are a function of our evolution, the architecture of our minds, and the social learning we are so adept at acquiring. Our values and behavior deviate from each other because our decisions are driven by “unconscious” preferences and beliefs.
The session is participatory, involving educational and even entertaining hands-on exercises. It is geared toward providing insights into how our minds work, and to reveal the often surprising and even perplexing manner in which we make decisions – about hiring and promotion, about client relationships and how we run our teams, and about how we think about our own leadership.
The purpose of the seminar is to reveal mental blindspots that can compromise our personal and professional decisions if they are left unattended. Professor Banaji will advance ideas about where such bias comes from and how to think about “outsmarting” our own minds in order to reach the goals we have chosen for ourselves with deliberation.