MEGA SESSION: The Unconscious Organization: How the Unconscious Mind Dominates Our Organizational Decisions and What We Can Do About It

SHRM 2012 Annual Conference
This presentation will show you ways you can consciously have an impact on your organization's culture to create a more inclusive, higher-performing and welcoming environment.
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How many times have you seen people in your organization do things that make no sense? How often have your best laid plans for culture change been frustrated? And how have these kinds of frustration impacted the bottom line of your organization? New research in social cognition has given us the ability to develop a much better understanding of why it is that people often do not action in predictable ways. This presentation will demonstrate how this happens, focus on how human behavior impacts our organizations, and will identify some ways that we can consciously impact the cultures of our organizations to create a greater sense of inclusion, performance, and community.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Howard J. Ross

Howard J.

Howard Ross is lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. His latest  book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. His next book, Building Belonging: 9 Pathways to Creating Inclusive and Joyful Organizational Communities, will be published in 2020.


Sidney J. Marcus Auditorium
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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