Seeing beyond them, understanding your bias

Mallory TytelIn today’s turbulent world, Americans are more divided than at any time in our lifetimes, rejecting as false, statements that disagree with their own positions. How did those positions become so calcified – and how can we learn to treat others with curiosity, kindness and respect?

On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20, LifeLong Learning presents an opportunity for us to explore how our cultural assumptions and biases developed and how we can shift to more positive, inclusive thinking that connects, rather than divides us, from those who think differently.

Mallary Tytel, Ph.D., the founder of Healthy Workplaces, a national consulting practice that helps clients from public and private sectors develop healthy workplaces, will explore how we choose to act and react, based on our beliefs, norms and assumptions. Each of us, she says, builds our lives around who we are, what is important to us, and how we want to connect with the world. In some cases, however, those patterns become divisive and keep us from honestly reaching out with kindness and respect to those who do not share the same beliefs.

Tytel will challenge us to examine our own personal patterns of thinking and doing. What are the cultural assumptions and biases we carry with us every single day? What is the nature of differences and what are the values associated with those differences? And, how can we shift to more positive, inclusive models that move forward with connection and intention?

She has a doctorate in public-health promotion and organizational systems from Union Institute and University, an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and is a certified executive coach and mediator. She is also the author of seven books and, in her spare time, serves as a mentor to women veterans and leaders, and coaches first-time authors.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.

For more information:

MallaryTytel’s website

Books by Mallary Tytel: