Our brains also devote a lot more attention to faces than many other visual stimuli because faces are so important to our lives when we are communicating as social animals, and it’s as social animals that we’ve succeeded as a species.
The human face has evolved to be the most expressive on the planet, containing around 52 muscles so the possibilities for communicating our feelings are infinite.
In creating business relationships we all know it’s a good idea to build rapport when Networking, but if it’s not immediately there how do we get it?
You could do worse than learn to dance the tango…
I have been dancing tango for seven years, and if there is something I have learned it’s that partnered dancing is just like human relationships: complicated and beautiful. And there are techniques to navigate them effectively.
If you get it right, you can unlock huge potential and build on each other’s experience and ideas. Divergent points of view can become the catalyst for exploration and co-creation, and a common goal can channel the energy of the team above and beyond the reach of any one individual.
We often explore Inherent Bias as part of our Bridging the Gap programme.
It’s interesting to note how people react to the idea that they might hold an inherent bias towards a particular majority group, or against a minority group. Especially the idea that they might be biased against their own minority group (for example, women scientists being biased against women in senior science roles).
There’s often a pretty strong reaction – usually rejection of the test (the test is rigged or doesn’t make sense), denial of their result and / or offering of their credentials to demonstrate they don’t have it.