Blind spots…

Your brain on autopilot

Experts tell us that our unconscious mind makes a majority of our decisions. It creates blind spots—unconscious biases that can narrow your vision and potentially influence your behaviors. Are you letting blind spots steer your decision making? It’s time to take control.

Understanding blind spots

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Challenge assumptions

Our brains are wired to make assumptions, which can sometimes be off base. We think it’s an honest mistake; science calls it a blind spot.

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Broaden perspectives

It’s natural to gravitate towards people who are like us. But making decisions solely on who we’re comfortable with can cause tunnel vision.

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Enhance objectivity

First impressions can block objectivity, which can cause missed opportunities. Sometimes wanting to be “right” can take us in the wrong direction.

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Overcome stereotypes

Stereotypes can influence our perception of who’s the “right fit.” They may create a road block towards our destination.

Use this guide for self-reflection and group discussion on these videos.

Discussion guide


It’s time to double down

“We’re serious about developing the best and most inclusive leaders in the world and this is another way we’re taking action to make that commitment a reality.”

Tim Ryan,US Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC

Spotlight series

PwC has worked with social and business leaders to hear their perspective on moving beyond blind spots. Watch a video. Take a short informative quiz. Go deeper by exploring the Building Gender IQ course, or use the discussion guides to start a conversation.

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Emma Watson

HeForShe and Building Gender IQ

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Mellody Hobson

Moving from Color Blind to Color Brave

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Sheryl Sandberg

Aspire to Lead

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Easing Racial Tensions at Work

In 2017, the Center for Talent Innovation released new research finding that silence about race in the workplace undermines employee engagement and ​contributes to minority turnover. Yet companies that address societal racial tensions at work gain business and brand benefits. Employees who currently feel comfortable discussing race relations at work are more likely than those who are not to feel that their ideas are heard and recognized (70 percent as compared to 47 percent) and feel free to express their views and opinions (76 percent as compared to 56 percent).

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Once you accept that you have potential blind spots, you can choose to do something about it. Make decisions and act in a way that aligns your conscious intentions with your behaviors. Shift your focus so you can see what’s possible.

Explore your blind spots

Continue your blind spot journey

To further explore the power of blind spots, PwC has provided a grant to Harvard University to create Outsmarting Human Minds. This initiative includes podcasts, videos and other materials that apply insights from psychological science to help us improve the decisions we make in life and at work. 

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Shannon Schuyler

Shannon Schuyler

Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer, PwC US

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