Geetha Kannan: No Getting Away From the Gender Gap India’s Managing Director, Geetha Kannan, writes in The Hindu Business Line about the absolute need for tackling unconscious bias if we really want to get anywhere in enhancing the careers of women.

The theme for 2015 International Women’s Day is ‘Make It Happen’. It is a good trigger for us to stop and think if we really want to take effective action to improve the status of women and grow their careers. Our mindsets play a critical role in supporting or hindering the efforts. A major block is the presence of unconscious bias at the workplace. It exists on a personal and organizational level and is influenced by background, cultural environment and experiences. The foundations can be traced to childhood. While some perceptions are not wrong and can be explained as inherent characteristics of each gender, they cannot completely guide or cloud our interactions and decisions…

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