Host and Double Forte CEO Lee Caraher sits down with Andie Kramer, author of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques For Women To Succeed At Work. Kramer is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery where she serves as head of the firm’s Financial Products, Trading and Derivatives Group, is a founding member of the Diversity Committee and co-chair of the Gender Diversity Subcommittee. Together, Lee and Andie discuss how to tackle unconscious bias in the workplace. Specifically, they address techniques to protect and support your fellow colleagues.
- Workplaces today, even the most well-intentioned workplaces have unconscious, unintentional bias.
- “Piling on” is an effective strategy for amplifying woman’s voices in the workplace.
- “Gas lighting” dismisses someone’s legitimate concerns in the workplace and often happens related to claims about bias.
- A sense of humor goes a long way in diffusing uncomfortable conversations in the workplace.
- Effective communication requires you knowing who you are, what you want to accomplish and how you are making it happen.
- Ask yourself how you need to change the way you communicate in order for the other person to hear it.
- We are all a whole mix of personalities and talents. We need to decide which aspect is appropriate in each situation.
- Don’t say you’re sorry unless you have truly transgressed.
- Avoid up talk. It makes you sound insecure and invites unwanted input.
- Take up space in a meeting. People give space to people who are important.
- If people aren’t paying attention to you in a meeting, stand up to speak to them.