Are you Conscious of your Unconscious Bias?

Date & Time: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00

Free online event


Are you Conscious of your Unconscious Bias?

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

Smita has put together a training and coaching offer for participants of the webinar which can be accessed here.

You are busy and hardworking. You may sometimes wonder if you have time to think at all! Now, along comes this session encouraging you to be aware of your unconscious bias. Isn’t this just the latest set of buzzwords; yet another fad? What would be the point of being more aware of your unconscious bias?

Smita Tharoor, of Tharoor Associates, will lead this free webinar. We will explore how you, and others around you, perceive situations and become aware of the need to use lateral thinking – to think outside one's “self limiting box”; to break down preconceived ideas. We will look at communication skills for approaching issues of equal employment, talent management, discrimination and stereotyping in the workplace. Based on the principles of Cultural Competence and Diversity, we will explore how information is transformed into knowledge based on ones unconscious bias and how it impacts our work and life.

Key learning points will include:
• Understanding that some solutions lie outside the normal boundary of thinking
• Understanding how your unconscious affects the decisions you make
• Business case for being aware of your unconscious bias
• Accepting that one’s perceptions may not always be correct
• How groups identify things differently
• How necessary is it to break the mould of labelling and stereotyping
• Can precise procedural instructions supplement context in communication?
• Understand that in the workplace there are always multiple solutions – depending on personal perceptions
• Being “conscious of your unconscious” as an ability to introduce/create a new point of view in the minds of others to facilitate change

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Our presenter:

Smita Tharoor is the founder of Tharoor Associates, an ILM endorsed training company that understands the importance of stories - both personal and corporate - and their role in defining an organisation's identity and practices. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and continues her learning with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Smita has over 25 years experience in all stages of the learning cycle. Her experience has been within corporate, regional and international frameworks and she has worked in large voluntary, public and private sector establishments. Her USP is making the individual more conscious of his/her unconscious bias. She has considerable experience in embedding a coaching culture into organisations and providing turn-around solutions for training & development companies in their fledgling state. She has expertise in the pioneering and development of training and education provision; with particular experience in the business management and service improvement areas.

Growing up in secular India taught her the value of tolerance and the appreciation of accepting differences. She promotes diversity and cross cultural competence in line with E&D strategies and has designed and delivered training solutions within all sub-strands of diversity. Her experience working in the UK and India gives her a unique advantage in understanding the expectations and needs of different cultures. Smita is on the advisory board for School of Leadership Excellence, Bangalore, India, providing training and coaching for CxO’s and recently delivered leadership training for senior civil servants from Afghanistan.

Links to recent press:
PJ Harvey’s Lessons in Leadership
One to One with Keith Vaz (page 2)

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