Here's Why We Are All Control Freaks (And What We Can Do About It)

schedule May 29th 10:30 - 11:30 AM place Granite ABC people 1 Interested
Control freaks. We’ve either called someone that name or been the recipient of that moniker. I used to think it was a personality trait only a few possessed. Often reserved for someone who can’t seem let go of the steering wheel, or listen to the advice of others with an open mind. These are the people that are resistant to change and our harshest critics.
Those assumptions were proven wrong after reading The Control Heuristic. I learned that control was a tool that is used by everyone to manage our discomfort in situations. That we are governed by our subconscious in subtle ways and are always concerned with emotional comfort.
Learning all that helped me see clients in a new light, and I would like to share what I learned. By seeing this behavior in a new light, I was able to start meeting people where they were at in the moment and partner with them in the journey to change. The book's author helps present change in a way that can allow others to be more comfortable with it.
Come explore this topic with me as I present my findings. By discussing control and the reasons we exercise it, I believe we can understand better ways to help teams be comfortable with change.
 
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I was always under the impression that humans possess the ability to rationalize decisions based on data we gather. The more informed we are on a subject, the easier it is to understand and implement it in our lives. We consider a topic, rationalize it, then make a decision. This book flipped that flow on its head. Our subconscious is powerful and will always override any material data.
I consumed this book with my skeptics' hat on. While it makes so much sense for our work at Agilists, I would love to present this topic for feedback on the community. The more we hone our understanding of the human brain and how it reacts to change, the better we can help teams achieve it every day.
We will step through the science, then discuss the 3 steps to prepare the subconscious for welcoming change. Finally, we will discuss how to use this in team settings.

Learning Outcome

* Describe science behind control.
* Quantify happiness and the Control Heuristic.
* Understand why colleagues use control as a weapon to increase comfort.
* Put into practice the three steps for subconscious change.
* Apply the Control Heuristic to Agile Transformations.

Target Audience

Anyone who feels like they have to deal with "control freaks".

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

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