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Guest Post – Unconscious Bias: The Pyramid Principle – How to Achieve Successful Dialogue About Bias

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. I remember some years ago sitting in my hotel room in Cairo, feet up on the sill, gazing out the window at one of the most amazing sights on the planet: the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Looming in the mist, it was grander and more elegant than its likeness in … Continue reading

Guest Post – Diversity & Inclusion: Are You Willing to Change Your Mind?

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D.   I really do like being right – most people do. For my two cents, that’s OK; being right about something feels good, it gives us confidence, and is great for our egos. Being wrong, on the other hand, can leave us downcast and discouraged. This pain of being … Continue reading

Unconscious Bias: Guest Post – Grabbing the Controls

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thierderman, PhD Have you ever believed something was a certain way, acted as if you were right, and, voila!, your belief came true? If that initial belief is a positive one, these self-fulfilling prophecies can be great, but, what if, on the other hand, it is negative or misguided? Take for … Continue reading

Guest Post: Unconscious Biases – They Tend to Give Themselves Away

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Sometimes I get impatient with the phrase “unconscious bias.” The word “unconscious” leaves the impression that these biases – these inflexible beliefs about particular categories of people – are completely beyond our reach. In turn, because they are (supposedly) beyond our reach, the implication is that there’s nothing we … Continue reading

Guest Post: Finders Keepers

Guest Post Author: Eric Herrenkohl When you find good people, do you keep them in your life? Recently I had the chance to interview a logistics leader for a major multinational firm in Canada. In the course of the interview, this guy told a story about taking a new role and reaching out to recruit … Continue reading

Guest Post: The Hidden Cost of Unconscious Bias

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thierderman, PhD We all know there is a high cost for bias in the workplace. Some of those costs are obvious: managers fail to hire valuable employees, the target of the bias is deprived of career opportunities, and the organization is at risk of legal ramifications. Those are the costs that … Continue reading

Unconscious Bias: Guest Post – Do I Have An Unconscious Bias?

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thierderman, PhD A quick search on the internet tells me that the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases include Fibromyalgia, Multiple sclerosis, and Lyme disease. I have one to add to the list: unconscious bias. Admittedly, biases – our inflexible beliefs about particular categories of people – are not medical in nature, but … Continue reading

Guest Post: Don’t Surround a Great Dane with Chihuahuas

Several years ago, my wife and I ran into a young woman with whom I have worked in the past and whom we also know socially. She has always been a terrific performer, and at this point in her career she was one of 400 financial analysts working for a large company here in the … Continue reading

Guest Post: The Plastic Water Bottle Effect

This blog, A Bridge for Business & STEM, is 16 months old. While I still feel like a newcomer to the blogosphere, I am definitely not a neophyte to this region of cyberspace. One of my proudest moments as a blogger was on April 29, 2013 when my post, BAITERs, Haters, and Social Climbers, received … Continue reading