Everyone has biases, some of them, we are aware of, but most of them are hidden from us, we just don’t know that we have them and we act under their supervision. Stereotypes, whether they were ready made for us, humans long ago or whether we attined them through experiences are important in our everyday lives. This quick way of thinking that builds on schemas can save our life.
But there are many more occasions and situations, especially at work, where a more analytic, more thoughtful approach would serve the purpose better. We need to make ourselves aware of these situations, so the hidden biases do not work against our interest. If we manage to bring important and serious decisions overcoming our biases, only then we will be able to fulfill our human potential and can let and help other people fulfill their potential. We otherwise risk that only the traditionally predetermined opportunities are available to us and to our organisations. You might start to realise how this kills innovation and progress.