In today's rapidly evolving workplace landscape, the significance of soft skills cannot be overstated. As a soft skills trainer, I frequently witness recurring themes emerging in my workshops and coaching sessions. One such topic that consistently arises and warrants its own dedicated exploration is unconscious bias.
So, what exactly is unconscious bias? Well, it's those hidden preferences or prejudices we hold towards certain groups of people, often without even realizing it. These biases can influence our decisions, actions, and interactions in subtle yet impactful ways.
But how do we develop these biases in the first place? It's essential to understand that they aren't a result of malice or intent; rather, they stem from our upbringing, experiences, culture, and media influences. Our brains naturally categorize information to make sense of the world, and sometimes, these categorizations lead to biases.
Now, you might be thinking, "But Yolande, are unconscious biases really that common?" The short answer: yes. Studies have shown that we all harbor unconscious biases to some extent, regardless of our background or profession. They're deeply ingrained in our subconscious and can influence everything from hiring decisions to daily interactions with colleagues.
So, why is it crucial for us to be aware of our unconscious biases? Well, for starters, they can hinder diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within our organizations. They can also lead to unfair treatment, missed opportunities, and a toxic work environment. By acknowledging and addressing our biases, we can foster a more inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected.
Now, you might be wondering, "How can I manage my unconscious biases?"
Here are my tips:
We all go through it - times when we just can't get tasks finished despite the fact that "nothing" is in our way. Well, nothing except procrastination. Adults, children and teens alike, all battle the inertia brought on by procrastination. Yolande and Latasha touch on topics such as instant gratification and perfectionism along the way to cracking the nut that is procrastination. This episode and it's takeaway tips will help listeners identify what's really in the way, and move from delay to done.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining the nominees for the Annual Prestige Awards at Beaches Turks and Caicos as their guest speaker for their Empowerment Breakfast. This yearâs theme- Dream. Dare. Deliver. We had an awesome time igniting and re-igniting dreams, gaining strategies to manage hurdles that arise and choosing day to day actions that help us move towards our dreams.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
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We are back to having guests on Shifting Perspectives! For those of you who have been listening regularly, you know that Latasha and I have been taking a deep dive into some of our favorite topics. This will still be the case, but in 2024, we will so get back to hosting guests that can add to the conversation to 'Shift Your Perspective.'
Sara is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, certified International Behavior Analyst, and parent coach with a background in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Teaching and parent coaching both in the United States and in East Africa, Sara has been supporting diverse communities since 2006 through inclusive, evidence-based behavior services for individuals of all ages. She has worked on a variety of projects both in schools and with various non-profits creating specialized programs and treatment packages designed for her clients to live a more harmonious life. Sara strives for cultural humility as a foundation in her practice and application of ABA. An artist at heart, Sara is a compassionate and enthusiastic woman who deeply celebrates global diversity.
Shifting Perspectives is a conversation with Yolande and Latasha that challenges women to fuel themselves with diversity in the way they think, the way they work, the way they parent and the way they live their lives.
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with the leadership team of Public Safety and Utilities in Grand Turk.
Reaching Your Potential as a Leader challenges and stimulates participants to be intentional about developing the essential soft skills to reach their potential as a leader and to promote higher productivity and collective achievement within their teams.
This week we have a special episode to add to the mix! At the end of January, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Maya Saunders, the host of Let's Move TCI Health Talks, to chat about finding balance.
Balance is a topic that comes up often on Shifting Perspectives, so we decided to share the audio as episode 73.
The mission of Let's Move TCI is to increase Turks and Caicos Islands residents' engagement in sport and physical activity and to promote holistic healthy living alongside proper nutrition.
As a mother and educator, I've witnessed the profound impact that unconscious bias can have on our children. This is a sticky topic, I know...but it’s one that requires our attention and understanding to ensure a more equitable and inclusive future for the next generation.
Unconscious bias refers to the subtle, ingrained prejudices and stereotypes we hold towards certain groups of people, often without even realizing it. These biases can shape our thoughts, actions, and decisions, impacting our interactions with others on a subconscious level.
Unconscious bias exerts a profound influence on children across various facets of their lives. Firstly, it plays a pivotal role in shaping their identity and self-worth, potentially leading to the internalization of stereotypes that can impact their confidence and aspirations.
Within the educational realm, biases in the classroom can manifest in differential treatment, adversely affecting academic performance and constraining opportunities for specific students. This perpetuates disparities in educational outcomes, hindering a fair and equitable learning environment.
Beyond academics, unconscious bias extends its reach into the social sphere, influencing children's interactions and relationships. It has the power to mold friendships and alliances based on stereotypes rather than genuine connections, thereby impacting the formation of authentic social bonds. Recognizing and addressing these effects is essential for creating an environment that nurtures the holistic development of every child.
Unconscious bias can also significantly influence our parenting dynamic, particularly through the modeling of behavior. Children observe and learn from us as parents, absorbing implicit biases displayed in everyday actions. These biases have the potential to shape a child's worldview, perpetuating stereotypes and influencing their attitudes toward diversity. In addition, bias plays a subtle yet impactful role in parental decision-making, subtly shaping choices related to school selection, extracurricular activities, and even playdates. These decisions, made unconsciously, can inadvertently limit a child's exposure to diverse perspectives, reinforcing existing biases within the family unit. When as parents we take the time to recognize and address these influences, we care environments that embrace diversity and nature open-mindedness.
Here are 7 tips to Navigate the Impact on Unconscious Bias:
Every January I offer a parenting workshop to the parents at Learn and Lead. This is free to the families whose children attend Learn and Lead’s Specialized Tutoring Program or are on the waiting list for classes.
This year’s workshop, which took place last weekend, focused on Positive Parenting, Resilience and Joy. We had a great time learning and discussing together. Thank you to those that came out!
Unfortunately, we were not able to open this year’s workshop beyond Learn and Lead parents due to the amount of registrations, however if you are interested in taking part in this workshop at a later date, please email us or send me a DM to let us know!
Earlier this week, we delved into the world of children's learning spaces and the profound effects of clutter on their academic success. Today, let's shift our focus to the adults in the room – literally! The impact of clutter doesn't end with childhood; it extends into our lives as grown-ups, affecting our mental clarity and overall well-being. In this blog post, we'll explore the surprising ways clutter can influence the adult mind, and I'll share some practical tips on decluttering and maintaining an organized space for enhanced mental peace.
The Mental Toll of Clutter
Clutter isn't just a physical eyesore; it takes a toll on our mental well-being. The chaos that surrounds us can contribute to stress, anxiety, and a feeling of overwhelm. As adults juggle work, family, and personal responsibilities, a cluttered space becomes a constant source of distraction, hindering our ability to focus and think clearly.
Organized Spaces, Clear Minds
On the flip side, an organized space can be a game-changer for mental clarity. When our surroundings are neat and tidy, our minds are free to concentrate on the task at hand. Creating an organized environment fosters a sense of control and calm, contributing to increased productivity and a more positive mindset.
Practical Tips for Decluttering
Maintaining an Organized Space
As we witnessed the impact of clutter on children earlier this week, let's not forget the influence it has on our adult lives. By embracing organization and decluttering, we pave the way for mental clarity, reduced stress, and a more focused approach to life's challenges. Take the first step towards a clearer mind today, and watch as the benefits ripple through every aspect of your adult life.
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Maya Saunders, the host of Let's Move TCI Health Talks. Health and Fitness is not an area I coach in, but it's certainly an area that I know the importance of. I was more than happy to have a chat with her about balance.
The mission of Let's Move TCI is to increase Turks and Caicos Islands residents' engagement in sport and physical activity and to promote holistic healthy living alongside proper nutrition. The program pillars are as follows:
As an educator and a mom, I have always been fascinated by the intricate relationship between a child's learning environment and their academic success. Over the years, I have come to appreciate the significance of a well-structured space in fostering a positive and conducive learning atmosphere. One factor that often goes underestimated is the impact of clutter on a child's ability to learn.
In this blog post, I will delve into the challenges clutter poses to the learning environment, emphasize the importance of organizational skills, and discuss how having everything in its place can profoundly influence a child's success – a truth that extends beyond special needs children to encompass all young learners.
The Clutter Conundrum
Picture a classroom or a home filled with disorganized desks, scattered toys, and miscellaneous items strewn across the floor. It might seem like a trivial concern, but the truth is, clutter can create an overwhelming and distracting environment for children. As an educator, I have witnessed firsthand the impact that a cluttered space can have on a child's ability to focus, retain information, and engage in productive learning.
Organizational Skills: A Foundation for Success
One of the keys to overcoming the challenges clutter presents is the cultivation of organizational skills. Just as adults benefit from a well-organized workspace, children thrive in environments where everything has its place. Teaching children to organize their belongings not only promotes a sense of responsibility but also enhances their cognitive abilities. Organizational skills empower children to manage their time effectively, locate resources independently, and develop a structured approach to tasks.
Beyond Special Needs: A Universal Necessity
While it is true that children with special needs may face additional challenges in navigating cluttered environments, the importance of organization transcends any specific learning profile. All children, regardless of their individual needs, benefit from a structured and organized learning space. By instilling good organizational habits early on, we equip children with the tools they need to succeed academically and beyond.
The Impact of a Well-Structured Environment
A well-structured environment goes beyond the physical arrangement of objects; it extends to the overall atmosphere of the learning space. Children thrive in environments that provide clear expectations, routines, and a sense of order. When everything has its place, children can focus more effectively on learning, fostering a positive attitude towards education and enhancing their overall academic experience.
Practical Tips for Creating an Organized Learning Environment
As both a mom and an educator, I am continually reminded of the profound impact that a clutter-free, well-organized environment can have on a child's learning journey. The benefits extend far beyond the immediate academic realm, influencing a child's overall development and shaping their lifelong habits. By prioritizing organizational skills and emphasizing the importance of everything having its place, we set the stage for success by laying important and essential groundwork.
Ever felt overwhelmed by the chaos around you? Clutter isn't just a physical hurdle; it's a mental maze that can cloud focus and hinder clarity. 🧠✨ Join me this week as we explore why decluttering spaces can have a transformative power on the mind.
Did you know that decluttering can:
This weekend I had the pleasure of working with the Beloved Daughter's organization. We spent some time together under the theme of 'More in 2024.' This group is a non-profit organization that focus on providing networking and growth opportunities for single mothers. It was the 3rd time we have had the pleasure of working with them, and we look forward to doing so again in the future.
Earlier this week, we delved into the world of procrastination in children, exploring its signs and strategies to help them navigate this common challenge. But what if, as you read those words, you found yourself nodding along, recognizing your own procrastination tendencies? Let's talk about it.
First things first, take a deep breath. Procrastination is not an exclusive visitor to the world of childhood—it's a familiar companion for many adults too. Whether it's putting off tasks until the last minute or feeling overwhelmed by a mounting to-do list, the struggle is real. But the good news? You're not alone, and there are ways to tackle it head-on.
Identifying Procrastination in Yourself:
Procrastination is a familiar foe to many, and children are not exempt from its grasp. As an educator, I've witnessed firsthand how procrastination can impede a child's academic progress and cause unnecessary stress. However, it's essential to recognize that procrastination is a habit that can be overcome with guidance, patience, and the right strategies. In this post, I'll explore what procrastination looks like in children and offer practical ways parents can support their child in dealing with it.
Understanding Procrastination in Children:
Procrastination in children can manifest in various ways, making it challenging for parents to identify. Some common signs include:
Supporting Your Child in Dealing with Procrastination:
Remember, overcoming procrastination is a gradual process that requires consistent effort and support. Be patient with your child and acknowledge their efforts in making positive changes. By implementing these strategies and fostering a supportive environment, you can help your child develop effective habits to conquer procrastination and achieve their full potential.
This weekend we made our way back to Edward Garland Youth Center to train their young leaders. Leadership is a skill that can be taught, practiced and harnessed. Itâs also a skill that we can have great fun while learning and developing!
Mrs. Guilmise had an awesome time working with these young leaders and we wish them all the best in 2024!
This week we're diving headfirst into the world of procrastination! Join me as we unravel the mysteries behind procrastination—what it truly is, the telltale signs to watch for, and most importantly, how to address it both in our children and within ourselves. We'll explore the nuances of this delay trap, equipping you with invaluable insights to help guide and support your kids through procrastination struggles. Additionally, we'll delve into effective strategies to tackle procrastination in your own life, empowering you to conquer those postponement tendencies. Stay tuned for a week filled with eye-opening discussions, actionable tips, and proactive approaches to bid procrastination farewell!
Start with Your Vision
It's a brand new year! Where do we begin? How about with a vision to get you where you want to go? Beginning with self-exploration, Yolande and Latasha work through a 5-step approach to creating vision for the future. Vision will help you navigate the hard times, the slow times, and the times when you want to give up. Pick up the tools you need in this episode; it's time to look ahead!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with three staff members from the Turks and Caicos National Trust, to brush up on their Customer Service Skills. The mission of the National Trust is to protect, conserve and promote the cultural, historic and natural heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands for present & future generations and for the enjoyment of all.
Yesterday's participants will be working on Little Water Cay providing awareness and educational services. It was a pleasure working with them!
The Importance of Sleep for Adults: Quality sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle for adults. It's not just about clocking in hours; it's about the restorative processes that occur during sleep. Adequate rest boosts immunity, supports cognitive function, regulates mood, and enhances overall physical health.
Consequences of Sleep Deprivation: When we consistently miss out on quality sleep, our bodies and minds pay the price. Sleep deprivation can lead to various consequences, including:
Tips for Better Sleep:
Quality sleep isn't a luxury; it's a necessity for your overall health and well-being as an adult. By prioritizing good sleep hygiene and making conscious efforts to improve your sleep habits, you can reap the benefits of feeling more energized, focused, and ready to conquer each day with vigor and vitality. Remember, investing in quality sleep is investing in yourself!
Yolande Robinson, M.Ed.
Shifting Perspectives is a conversation with Yolande and Latasha that challenges Listeners to fuel themselves with diversity in the way they think, the way they work, the way they parent and the way they live their lives.
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