Managing Bias in Talent Review

Session Overview

Facilitated session that explores how we can manage bias and challenge our assumptions in order to achieve a more inclusive outcome in both the talent review and succession planning process. The session identifies four areas of practice where bias can surface: high-potential evaluation and nomination, evaluation of successor candidates, leadership pipeline development, and assumptions of what a leader “should” look like/behave. In addition, it also includes insights on promotion and the talent pipeline, bias in access to key assignments, sponsors/advocates, influential networks, and professional development is examined. Finally, participants practice identifying and responding to various forms of bias that commonly occur during talent review process. Rules of engagement and practical tips are provided as a way for participants to practice what they’ve learned throughout the session.

Session Description

Facilitated session that explores how we can manage bias and challenge our assumptions in order to achieve a more inclusive outcome in both the talent review and succession planning process. The session identifies four areas of practice where bias can surface: high-potential evaluation and nomination, evaluation of successor candidates, leadership pipeline development, and assumptions of what a leader “should” look like/behave. In addition, it also includes insights on promotion and the talent pipeline, bias in access to key assignments, sponsors/advocates, influential networks, and professional development is examined. Finally, participants practice identifying and responding to various forms of bias that commonly occur during talent review process. Rules of engagement and practical tips are provided as a way for participants to practice what they’ve learned throughout the session.

Format

Our most popular version of this course is delivered online in our highly interactive virtual classroom, allowing an intimate experience for participants coming from across the organization. Not like any webinar you have previously attended, our online format will have you fully engaged with both onscreen activities and facilitator-led discussions during the entire session.  This session can also be delivered face-to-face.

Optional Prework or Blended Learning Solutions

“Intro to Managing Unconscious Bias” e-learning; IDI® assessments, “Managing Bias in Talent Management” workshop.

Topics Include

  • Example of Bias in Talent Evaluation
  • Example: Selecting for Preferences vs. Performance: Personality Type
  • Activity: Bias in Talent Review?
  • Implicit Stereotyping: Higher Bar and Double Bind biases
  • “I know it when I see it”: Unconscious Bias in estimates of potential
  • Potential risks of typical ‘language codes’ used in organizations to describe talent
  • Hero/Firefighter Bias in Performance Ratings Activity
  • Bias in access to key assignments, sponsors/advocates, influential networks, and professional development
  • Activity: How Would You Respond? (Talent Review meeting scenario)
  • Rules of Engagement and Practical Tips for Talent Review
  • Action planning: What is 1 thing you can do to manage unconscious bias in Talent Review?

Need to go BEYOND 'recruiting'?

Interested in managing bias in other stages of the Talent Management cycle? Ask us about our "Managing Bias: Hiring", our “Managing Bias in Recruiting,” or broader “Managing Bias in Talent Management” workshops.