What does it take to have credibility? A few letters behind your name, a diploma from a top-tier university, a CV that reads like a nobel laureate? But what about instant credibility? The Malcolm Gladwell "Blink"-like impression you make on someone based on his or her previous likes, dislikes, prejudices and biases. Those biases are created and reinforced by what we see around us. In the case of the startup world and, more specifically, within the C-suite of most companies, what we see is a very homogeneous population.
I'm not here to lecture about what we need to do to change the system. But I do think it's worth turning a mirror back to ourselves to understand the system that we operate within. More importantly, I want to foster the ability to empathize and see things from a different point of view. By putting ourselves in another person's shoes, particularly the shoes of someone outside the homogeneous majority, we can start changing our systemic biases.Read More