Everyone has baggage, and everyone lets that baggage affect their interactions with others through the stereotypes, biases and judgments that they make, often at a subconscious level. Natalie Warnert spoke on bias in the Agile workplace in her Agile2016 session “Objectivity or Subjectivity: Owning Your Own Bias and Interactions”. The thrust is to get people to recognize that they have personal biases as well as biases fueled by societal stereotypes, and then to get them to understand how to keep those biases and judgments in check.
This is especially powerful for leaders who have to model the behavior they want to see in others. By enhancing their own self-awareness, leaders can understand how their own personal biases are affecting their interactions with their reports. Says Natalie, “We have the right as humans to think whatever we want… [But] we also want to be able to catch ourselves in the act and say, ‘How are these things influencing my interactions in either a positive or negative way?'”
Mandy Ross from Sococo, SolutionsIQ partner, hosts at Agile2016 in Atlanta, GA.