From Bias to Belonging™  with Matthew Cahill


In this episode, Alay and Matthew discuss: 

  • How our brains are wired (and how it relates to cognitive bias). 
  • Why cognitive bias is an important consideration for law firms
  • Homogenous versus diversified firms. 
  • The benefits to taking the elimination of bias course. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • Bias is inherent to the human condition. Reframing it allows us to mitigate the negative impact of bias on our firms. 
  • Law firms needs to be particularly careful of the “like me” bias.
  • A starting point for the “like me” bias is just to take a look at the demographic data in your firm. 
  • In “like me” groups, conflict often simmers below the surface. 


Tweetable moments:

  • “If you have a brain, you have bias.™” —  Matthew Cahill
  • “The firm that’s more diverse actually performs better.” —  Alay Yajnik
  • “Correcting those biases could take a lot of time and a lot of effort.” —  Alay Yajnik
  • “You need to broaden the variables and the criteria that you’re factoring into a hiring equation.” —  Matthew Cahill



About Matthew Cahill: 

The Percipio Company is led by Matthew Cahill. His deep expertise in cognitive, social, and workplace biases is rooted in the belief that if you have a brain, you have bias™. He helps executives reduce mental mistakes, strengthen workplace relationships & disrupt existing bias within current HR processes, meeting protocols and corporate policies. Matthew has demonstrated success with large clients like LinkedIn, Salesforce and dozens of small to mid-size companies looking to create more inclusive workplaces, work smarter, generate more revenue and move from bias to belonging™.



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