11 May 16:15 — 17:15
About the session
In this practical and gently interactive session, we'll walk through the evolutionary, psychological and neuroscientific factors that have made teamwork during a pandemic so challenging.
Neatly sidestepping pseudoscience and pop psych, we'll explore what actually happens in our brains and bodies (and why) when we experience extremely challenging events – and how this affects our ability to stop, collaborate and listen. And, without a squeezy ball in sight, we'll look at real steps and activities to help your team(s) to pull through and work together more effectively when things get tough.
I use gentle humour alongside a non-threatening, calm and warm presentation style throughout, to keep the tone light despite the density of the topic.
Participants walk away feeling optimistic and enthused, and with a pocketful of takeaways including:
- Understanding where our reactions come from, and what extreme emotion is good for.
- The ability to identify how this impacts teamwork in a face-to-face, online and hybrid setting, and how to support this.
- Clarity around the immediate and wider impact of workplace drama in communication, conflict and feedback.
- Tools, activities and practices to help teams working through stress, overwhelm and unhealthy conflict (with or without the added influence of a pandemic.)
- Explanations that help you understand what happens in your brain (it's got nothing to do with lizards).
- The ability to identify who might need extra support before it's critical.