You can learn a lot about unconscious bias when you live in a small town. Natalie Siston is the Founder of Small Town Leadership where she shares stories and lessons learned from her childhood growing up in Republic, Ohio (population 600). Natalie talks to podcast host Mary McCarthy about the good and the bad of unconscious bias: How to spot it, and what to do about it.
We all have unconscious bias. It is at work in the thousands of decisions you make in a single day. It’s defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Think of it as your autopilot.
“It’s things that are hidden, deep inside who you are, and you don’t even realize that it’s happening.” ~ Natalie Siston
Natalie talks about unconscious bias as a continuum. The goal is to take yourself from a point of unconscious bias into conscious bias and into inclusion. It’s something that factors into a lot of decisions at work. Natalie says:
“I think that’s why many companies are putting into place really solid steps in a very good way to make sure that there’s a diverse candidate pool available, because people might surface who you otherwise wouldn’t have thought of through your own network or through the processes that you typically get those candidates through.”
What You Will Learn in this 15 Minute Podcast:
- Why unconscious bias can be good, and when it’s bad
- How unconscious bias can create missed opportunities when growing your microbusiness
- Tips we can use every day to recognize it
Thank you to our podcast sponsor Liberty National Bank!
A microbusiness is defined as a small business of 20 or fewer employees, including the solopreneur.
About our Guest Natalie Siston
About our Host Mary McCarthy
- Host, The Successful Micropreneur Podcast
- CEO, YMT Consultants
- Co-Founder of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc.
Mary McCarthy is the President of YMT Consultants, an entrepreneurial consulting and training firm in Westerville, Ohio in the Columbus area. It focuses on one-on-one work with microbusiness owners (businesses with 20 or fewer employees, including the solopreneur), assisting them to monetize and create systems for their small businesses.
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