Last week I had an opportunity to chat with writer, speaker, and acclaimed podcaster Tayo Rockson. Tayo is co-founder of UYD Management, a consulting firm that empowers organizations with sustainable diversity and inclusion strategies. He’s the author of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference, and, in 2020, launched the #LetsTalkBias antiracism campaign. In this Facebook Live event, Tayo and I discuss his book, as well as how to get beyond the discomfort that stems from discussions about bias.
The son of a diplomat, Tayo likes to say he has been Black on four continents. That experience allowed him to see how the rules for people to see you differ from place to place. Use Your Difference to Make a Difference was borne out of that unique perspective. Also from his book, Tayo helps us understand the four origins of bias: a story, a fear, an avoidance, and our own security.
Later, we discuss how to get beyond discomfort in conversations about bias (spoiler alert: it’s increasing self-awareness!), as well as the impact each of us has as individuals every day. When it comes to changing things, we all have a responsibility to take the next step, even if we’re unsure of the outcome. As Tayo eloquently puts it, “Just because you’re not sure what to do, doesn’t mean that you get to do nothing.” Each step is a move forward, and only by moving forward in diminishing our own biases are we able to see people for who they truly are.