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Joining the show during the second hour is author, social justice advocate and one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias, Howard Ross. Howard will be discussing his recently-released book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection is Tearing Our Culture Apart.
Humans naturally bond with those in their own groups, but this tendency can foster unhealthy mindsets against those with political, religious, and cultural differences. For many, the workplace is the most diverse setting in their lives. Our work relationships tend to cut across race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and political persuasion. Because of this, workplace environments have the potential to orient us toward working across differences more than any other place.
Allowing the tribalism that has infected our society to undermine work environments is contrary to successfully meeting company goals and objectives. For this reason, companies need to take up the important work of addressing issues of diversity, culture, and finding common ground.
While many organizations provide skills training, it’s just as important that they provide training in interpersonal areas such as communication, inclusion and addressing unconscious bias. From Target’s “Courageous Conversations” workshops that engage employees of all backgrounds to talk about difficult issues to Kaiser Permanente’s team culture, companies are exploring ways to build organizational structures that promote inclusivity.
Howard will discuss such topics as how to build organizational structures and systems that create inclusive communities; how to create opportunities for dialogue across groups in the workplace; how to encourage employees to share their own stories; how to acknowledge everyone’s individual contribution; and how to communicate a clear vision of corporate identity.
Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and the founding partner of Cook Ross. He’s considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing Unconscious Bias. Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives and ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. His new book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart (Berrett-Koehler, May 8, 2018) describes how to bridge the divide in our increasingly polarized society.
For more information, visit cookross.com.
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