The Shared Mind: Essence of Interpersonal Neuroscience

Why are some leaders socially adept while others show lack of maturity? Why some teams are high performing teams and others just are not? Ever wonder why people behave the way they behave? I did too.  As a coach, my quest to help teams collaborate better (and organizations create great culture) took me through an extraordinary journey through the maze of gamification, motivation, psychology, coaching, system thinking, organizational development and group process, and interpersonal neurobiology. Through this journey, I discovered why Lean/Agile principles are brain-friendly and how they help teams and organizations. In this session I share some of the insights that I have gained applying some of these principles coaching teams and organizations. You will also learn how you can share these concepts with other and gave teams and organizations a “language” to have crucial conversations, thereby increasing the system’s (team/organization) self-awareness.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

I intend this to be an interactive session where I talk about a few concepts (7-10 minute chunks) and participants map those concepts to concepts that they already know/how they will use the concept in their organizational setting (3-5 minutes). I will cover 4-5 main topics in this fashion.

Update (based on Vijayanand's comments):

These are the topics that I intend to cover (15 minutes each. I will explain the concept for 8 to 10 minutes, and participants will do group exercises(5 to 7 minutes) to deepen their understanding )

1. Why prioritization is hard (from brain's perspective). Exercise - Different ways Agile teams prioritize

2. Multi-tasking experiment. Then the science behind the myth - what happens to the brain when you multi-task.

3. Why brain seeks safety. Power of situation selection and situation modification. Strategies for situation selection and situation modification.  Exercise (depending on time/participants' response): practices that agile teams adopt towards conflict and safety.

4. Bonding and rituals - the neurochemistry behind it. Exercise: What can you do to strengthen bonding and teamness in your teams. 

5. Vulnerability, shame and trust (no exercises) and effect of mirror neurons. 

6. Self awareness and awareness as a team (no exercise).How awareness about one's own feelings can help individual (and the team) and the science behind it.

7. Evolition of the brain (Triune brain)-  limbic system and neo-cortex.  What happens during a "flight or fight" situation. How you can use your rational brain (instead of your emotional brain) during a "fight or flight" situation.

8. Pygmalian effect, self-fulfilling prophecy and the brain science behind it. 

9. Motivation cycle,  why negative(viscious cycle) is the default, and what can you do to stay and be positive

Depending on the audience's participation/ level (beginner/advanced) I might skip some topics or exercises. 

Learning Outcome

  1. Understand  some of the underlying concept of how the human brain works

  2. Learn why Lean/Agile practices are brain friendly

  3. Brief introduction to Emotional Intelligence concepts (Self-awareness, Independence, Empathy, Social Responsibility, Impulse Control, etc.)

  4. How impact on one person affects others  in a team and organizational setting ( The Shared Mind) and levers that you can use for self-regulation and regulating emotions in a team

  5. How can you steer systems(teams/organizations) in a positive direction to help teams and organizations achieve more

 

 

Target Audience

Organizational Leaders, Managers, experienced Scrum Masters, Coaches

schedule Submitted 6 years ago

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