Thinking at the Speed of Bias: How to Shift Our Unconscious Filters (Paperback)

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A practical guide to tackling unconscious bias in a polarized world.

Learn to recognize your unconscious bias and create positive change.

Respected DEI expert Sara Taylor presents a down-to-earth guide on how to tackle unconscious biases and foster true equity in our rapidly changing world. Through relatable examples and practical strategies, readers learn to deliberately slow down their thought processes and become aware of their filters in various situations. Taylor encourages readers to question their own assumptions by asking, "Do I know that what I'm thinking is actually true?" and "Why might I be reacting this way?"

The book demonstrates the importance of a clear set of competencies, skills, and strategies for addressing unconscious bias. By developing a culturally competent mindset and using a shared, holistic language to discuss these issues, readers gain the tools to understand, discuss, and implement change both at home and in the workplace. This approach avoids blame or shame, making it accessible and empowering for everyone.

The book's insights extend beyond individuals; it demonstrates how organizations can scale up cultural competence to transform their structures and systems. With a strong sense of hope, readers are empowered to make a difference, creating a more just and equitable world for all.

About the Author

Sara Taylor is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant specializing in Leadership and Diversity. Sought after as a thought leader in her field of Cultural Competence, Sara holds a master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota and, prior to founding her firm, deepSEE Consulting was the Director of Diversity for Ramsey County, Minnesota, as well as a Leadership and Diversity Specialist for the University of Minnesota. She and her husband Miguel have four kids and live outside of St. Paul, MN.

Praise For…

“Lots of people talk about bias, but this book empowers us with practical tools to challenge it. That’s what every individual and every workplace needs!”
—Jacqueline Williams-Roll, Chief Human Resources Officer, General Mills, Inc.

“In this work, Taylor does more than merely expose the impact of implicit biases; she provides discrete tools to empower individuals and institutions to move beyond their biases toward creating healthy, inclusive cultures.”
—Christopher E. Manning, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, University of Southern California
“The transformative concepts in this book, tangibly outlined through stories and introspective questions, have transformed my thinking, my development, and my leadership.”
—Penny Wheeler, MD, retired CEO, Allina Health, and retired Regent, University of Minnesota
“As the leader of a large social service organization, I never really understood how my filters impacted the whole organization until I read this work. I know not only that they do but how to begin the journey of shifting those filters. Fantastic book!”
—John Estrem, CEO, Hammer & NER

“This brilliantly written guide makes it easy to understand how biases occur and clearly explains how we can be intentional in our decisions to reduce the impact of our unconscious filters in our actions. I strongly recommend that everyone read this book!”
—Julie Morgas Baca, County Manager, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

“Sara’s work provides a framework that goes beyond talk and philosophy to what actually works. Her approach has opened the eyes of many and made us better people and better leaders as a result.” 
—Shari Ballard, CEO, Minnesota United FC

“This transformative book provides a compelling exploration of hidden biases and offers invaluable tools for reshaping them by illuminating the unconscious filters that shape our thinking and behavior. It is an essential read for those committed to fostering understanding and inclusivity.”
—Mary Macon, LMSW, Culture and Inclusion Manager, Central Arkansas Water
Product Details
ISBN: 9781523006762
ISBN-10: 1523006765
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 192
Language: English