Day 1 Afternoon- New Rules for Work Symposium

A Door Opens – Making Space for Innovation facilitated by Keith McCandless and Nancy White

“Notice and stop counterproductive behaviors that stifle creativity and innovation”

I felt they struggled to explain the concept of a TRIZ and the breakouts struggled to have an impact as a result. In hindsight, it was definitely a bit of my coming at the methodology a little too vigorously from my quality background. So a bit of an learning moment for me.

I’ll be contemplating this picture for weeks. There was a lot to absorb.

The NeuroScience of Teaming by Dr Michael Platt and Elizabeth Johnson

Start with the need to make time to socialize with coworkers at work. Back to the idea of fun.

Good relationships are critical in business. Finding ways to connect is critical for well-being. We are wired to connect.

The need to practice our social networking and skills. I feel that these days, so often I feel out of shape here after the last few weeks.

Our attention is one of the aspects of our neurobiology we have control over and through attention we can prioritize what our brain processes.

All about meeting structure comes back to managing attention. Discusses how eye contact causes processes in brain that link to team work and trust, and how this is an engineering challenge.

Importance of breaks.

All comes back to building relationships. I was interested in there is causal evidence here around synchronizing as a biomarker.

Perspective taking – shifting frame of reference to someone else’s.

Impact of the hierarchy on perspective taking. It’s not good.

Importance of empathy.

Facilitated Mixer: An Abundant Exchange

Fun experiment with 3 assumptions

  1. Visuals make everything easier to remember
  2. Small groups make valuable conversations easier
  3. We can create benefits that live beyond this workshop

Love the concept that the act of receiving help and knowledge is part of our being generous towards our peers. Thinking of abundance and applying it in professional development is a favorite topic of mine.

Deliberately thinking of what abundance I have that may help others fill their needs, and sharing what challenges I need help on was a powerful way to end my day.

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