Author and bias navigation expert Buki Mosaku has spearheaded an advertising campaign that offers an alternative solution to prevailing unconscious workplace bias strategies. The campaign entitled ‘Let’s Start’, which is now airing on Sky TV, offers participating companies attendance to a free Bias Navigation webinar for Leaders: MO2DE and a free Bias Navigation webinar Staff:IDU? .
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The newly announced ‘Let’s Start’ campaign challenges the divisive mindset that categorises individuals as either “guilty perpetrators” or “hapless victims”. According to Mr Mosaku, this way of thinking further reinforces differences instead of empowering the people who need help.
The campaign introduces a novel approach, which is to equip both “victims” and “perpetrators” with the skills to navigate the “inevitability” of workplace bias. By doing so, Mr Mosaku believes that its impact within organisations can be negated and, over time, be eliminated fully.
Traditional approaches fail to address a number of concerns, according to Mr Mosaku. For example, they do not empower those with real grievances, as this role is typically taken upon by a “majority” within an organisation. Furthermore, they tend to ignore the reality and “self-perpetuating” impact of reverse bias or unconscious discrimination towards a perceived dominant group.
The ads were produced by creative agency element26.tv, who expressed their support for the campaign’s message. Further details about the agency’s work can be found at https://element26.tv
Mr Mosaku’s approach has also garnered support from several professionals and business leaders. One executive health coach lauded it for moving the conversation away from the belief that it is “us and them”. Another MD of a respected insurance recruitment and head hunting firm praised it for giving an alternative view to the assumption that someone is wrong by default.
“Over-reliance on leaders to eradicate workplace bias keeps leaders viewed as and feeling like guilty perpetrators – which frequently turns into resentment- and minorities viewed and feeling like hapless victims; an extremely negative, demeaning stereotype that disempowers minorities and sustains an unfair and divisive status quo.” Mr Mosaku stated. “It’s time to break the cycle
Mr Mosaku is an acclaimed business consultant who founded DiversCity Think Tank, a consulting firm in London specialising in pragmatic solutions designed to “dissipate” workplace bias. His unique methodology is discussed in detail in his upcoming book titled: I Don’t Understand? A Practical Guide to Navigating Bias in the Workplace.
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