Start Date: 24 Apr 2018
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Venue: Honeybourne Gate, 2 Gloucester Rd, Cheltenham, GL51 8DW › View map
Member price: £10.00
Non-member price: £15.00
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We all have unconscious biases. The brain receives information all the time from our own experiences and what we read, hear or see in the media and from others. Our brain uses shortcuts to speed up decision making and unconscious bias is a by-product. This sort of quick decision-making is useful, for example if faced with a dangerous situation, however it is not a good way to make decisions when dealing with recruiting or promoting staff.
Unconscious bias at work can influence decisions in recruitment, promotion, staff development and recognition and can lead to a less diverse workforce. Employers can overlook talented workers and instead favour those who share their own characteristics or views.
Addressing our bias brings benefits. For example culturally intelligent leaders are 3.5 times more likely to gain the full potential of their staff and diverse businesses are 35% more likely to financially outperform their industry’s national average.
“Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.” ~ James Surowiecki (Journalist and Author “The Wisdom of Crowds”)
Jacqui Hogan FCMI
Jacqui Hogan, our speaker, is passionate about diversity, it is a subject on which she has wide experience. Her career includes senior management roles in IT and Engineering companies where increasing diversity remains a major focus.
Jacqui’s management background includes both direct management responsibility, as well as managing difficult and challenging client teams as an outsourced manager. She brings this wealth of experience to identifying and helping people to address diversity so as to better leverage the strengths of their whole team.
• Chair of the BCS (British Computer Society) ELITE group (effective leadership in IT).
• Unconscious Bias Champion at the BCS
• Member of the Professional Speakers Association
• Regional (Thames Valley) Board Member and Mentoring Champion of the CMI
• Author of four management related books
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