Leadership and Bias At Work

Is bias a leadership issue?  Sure it is.

In our data work, we cannot expect individual data analysts to stand alone against a confirmation bias.  Very few of us want to be perceived as anti-social or as standing against the tide of prevailing thought.  And few in a community want to work with someone having that reputation.

Without a clear mandate for question-and-answer fidelity starting at the sponsorship level, we can expect more of what we already believe – one of the reasons I’m adamant that project sponsors participate in regular Q&A context meetings.




3 thoughts on “Leadership and Bias At Work

  1. Actually my sarcastic reply was for the politics post on bias. I have a serious comment about bias before and after the fact at work. That it can be so severe as not just to effect what is analyzed, but the interpretation of the results.

    I have seen millions of dollars spent on consulting projects by large organizations (both data based and marketing/brand perception), to confirm what management already thought to be the case, where the project could be summarized as follows:

    “Please study our position against our primary competitor ‘A’ “.

    “Your primary competitor is ‘Z’ “.

    followed by

    “Thanks for confirming that our primary competitor is ‘A’ “.


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