The biases we carry with us shape how we respond to upheaval: whether we learn from it, come out better on the other side of it, and can find the wisdom to avoid it in the future. Bias can be a barrier to all of these good outcomes, especially when it’s entrenched in the cultures of our work and lives. If we do begin to learn and change things as crises swirl around us, it will be because we’ve traveled backwards on our unfortunate path to discover all the roadblocks of our own making that concealed the way out of grief and danger.
If Amazon book sales are any guide, millions of Americans are eagerly going down that reflective path, and CultureIQ’s employees are too. Here’s a few of the books, and author insights, that we’re looking at to get a better look at ourselves:
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt. Eberhardt is a Stanford social psychologist who has worked with police departments on mitigating the effects of racial bias and improving community relations.
CultureIQ’s Scott Young: “What I love about this book is that it explains bias in a very disarming way. Once you understand that we humans demonstrate ingroup bias from belonging to groups determined by a coin flip, or my personal favorite, groups of people who over-estimated vs. under-estimated how many jelly beans are in a jar, it’s a lot easier to accept that even the most open-minded, well-intended person holds some forms of bias. That frees us to be more honest with ourselves and to focus on confronting our biases and the impact they have on how we process information, make decisions, and treat others.”
Mary Frances Winters, president and founder of The Winters Group, Inc., a 35-year-old global diversity and inclusion consulting firm with an emphasis on ethnic and multicultural issues
“We are failing to find a shared purpose that binds all of humanity together,” Winters says, and “bold, inclusive conversations” in the workplace can help bring us back together. Winters’ book is offers a clear, insightful guide on how to get those conversations rolling, and keep them going.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is an award-winning national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow.
“Last year our CultureIQ bookclub read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates,” says CultureIQ’s Sharon Huigens. “It offers a deeply personal and poignant perspective on the Black experience in America.”
More resources to understand bias
Reading lists for children
EmbraceRace – A resource list of books on diversity
Epic! – Start a conversation about race