Episode #46 Examine Your Bias
We can try to ignore it, deflect it, or deny it, but it’s true: we all have biases. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Eric Jones challenge us all to take an honest look at the unseen ways that our upbringing, our experiences, and our context shape the way we interact with the world around us.
I run through the neighborhood I live in. It’s exhausting at times, but every time I see a person – especially if they don’t look like me – I wave, I make eye contact, I smile. There are a lot of police officers that drive through our neighborhoods. I want them to know that I live here. I cut the grass at that house right there.Eric Jones
- The way we subjectively interpret the world is not always aligned with reality.
- Black and brown people are often treated better by others when they are wearing professional attire than when they are wearing street clothes.
- Black individuals routinely describe the exhaustion of exerting extra energy in order to be perceived in a positive light by white individuals.
- Biases alone are not bad, but biases that remain unexamined can become harmful.
- The goal of conversations about bias should not be guilt but instead personal ownership.
- The three steps to examining our biases are to pause, to probe, and to personalize.
- Evaluate yourself honestly by asking the question, “How do my personal biases contribute to inequality?”
- When you identify a bias emerging in your mind, ask yourself, “Why am I thinking and feeling this way?”
- Engage in ongoing and meaningful relationships with people who don’t look and think like you in order to challenge your gut reactions and initial impressions of others.
In This Episode
Black Lives Matter
This is a significant and tragic moment in history. Will we be silent? Or will we speak up? DMB Coaching hit pause on posting any new podcast episodes since the horrific death of George Floyd. However, Dr. Michael Brown is now ready to speak. In this passionate, provocative, and tearful conversation with Sammy Adebiyi, these two close friends talk openly about systemic racism, social injustice, economic disparity, and a wide variety of related topics in an honest and hopeful dialogue.
Examine Yourself First
Every conflict is an opportunity to take a step back and see ourselves more clearly. This week, Justin Brown joins Dr. Michael Brown in a conversation about looking in the mirror and investigating our own hearts before we judge others.
Keep Asking Why
Asking the right questions creates movement in organizations and unlocks hidden potential in individuals. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Gabe Dunbar have a conversation about the ways that tenacious curiosity makes us more self-aware, more intentional, and more effective.