Agile Biology. What Aristotle, Dopamine and Darwin have in common

Have you ever looked at children play? Did you ever think about the state they are in? It is a state of commitment, pleasure, concentration, focus, creativity and totally stress free. When looking at teams, we seek many of the same virtues, so the ‘why’ and ‘how’ and ‘what’ of playing is very relevant in the era of self-organizing, short cycled, multidisciplinary teams. This talk takes you into the realm of behavioural biology, and explains about play, the brain, the sympathetic and para-sympathetic system to explain and inspire how to help create an environment where leadership is everywhere, work and play are no longer opposites, and stress is diverted before it has the chance to kick in.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Working towards a simple to use small matrix for your everyday life, this talk will first take you through 

·         The concept, intent of play and the misconceptions around it

·         The limbic brain and the neo-cortex, language, behaviour, feelings  

·         The stress and rest systems and hormones that make your life great or miserable  

·         How language is the proof of transformation and vice versa  

After which there will be a little gift in the shape of a personal reflection helper, that aids to keep the attendee aware of how he or she is using this or not.

 

Learning Outcome

1) Be aware of how management and leadership interact with our biological systems

2) Know how to influence these systems in a positive way

3) Get a model to help yourself to improve and stay aware

 

Target Audience

All Leadership and management, Agile coaches, leaders, scrum masters, HR , and all interested to be more effective in teams.

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  • Chandan
    By Chandan  ~  9 months ago
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    Hello Eelco and Anand, 

    We all are aware about these Happy Hormones, and how they makes us happy at various context. 

    I am interested to know how these concepts can be applied into work(some real case study) where we are doing some serious business, delivery pressure , timeline to meet and always working to achieve some thing else end user will not pay ? 

    BR

    Chandan

    • Eelco Rustenburg
      By Eelco Rustenburg  ~  9 months ago
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      also, the examples and concepts have been tried in several teams. We are seeing the emergence of hotspots where the concepts are applied more consistently. I do want to stress it is not just the awareness of the hormones, it is also about how language works conveying ones beliefs and causing hormonal responses at the receivers of the message. Examples like when you compliment somebody in a certain way, that will lead to undesired behaviour, if the compliment is expressed in different manners...

    • Eelco Rustenburg
      By Eelco Rustenburg  ~  9 months ago
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      Exactly. The talk i have done so far deals with how to apply management, reward systems and processes in such a way that the organization is helped and even incentivized to trigger these hormones. There are interesting links between language and hormonal systems

  • Prasad
    By Prasad  ~  9 months ago
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    Thanks for the proposal.. This is sounds really interesting.  I am sure the community will learn a lot from this.  Only suggestion I have is narrating  all these big concepts using relevant and contextual examples one can relate.

     Cheers 

    P

    • Eelco Rustenburg
      By Eelco Rustenburg  ~  9 months ago
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      Thanks! Indeed, i use everyday practice and real life examples to make it alive. What happens if you touch hands when committing to a sprint, for example, or what happens if a manager tells you or the team "you did a good job". The last example has actually triggered Dean Leffingwell on our last encounter :-)


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