Knowing Yourself Entails Releasing Personal Biases

In a recent article by Adam Grant he asserts that as individuals we have biases that we are not aware of.  He goes on to state that the degree the trait is found in men is larger than in women.  A question becomes are you willing to get to know yourself better?  A second aspect focuses on your willingness to trust the feedback of others in getting to know yourself.

At work and in our personal lives the biases of those around us become glaringly obvious to us.  But what about your own personal biases? Have you done a deep dive into what biases you personally hold?  For example are you really as organized as you think you are? Are you as smart as you think you are?  Are you as focused as you think you are?

A useful and illuminating exercise may be to ask several colleagues what they perceive your strengths and weaknesses are.  Taking the time to note where the feedback is consistent and taking steps to embrace it could prove to be hugely beneficial in all areas of life.

Becoming aware of personal biases is the first step towards having a greater appreciation for your individual skills and talents.

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