It has been said that business is moving from the Age of Competition to the Age of Collaboration. Synergy is the next level of effectiveness beyond mere collaboration. Organizations composed of synergistic teams are resilient, powerful, creative, and effective. Organizations clearly need fresh creative ideas constantly to stay competitive, to create new markets, to gain and retain new clients, and to be respected in the capital markets. But at a time of massive global economic uncertainty, and a "bunker mentality" present in many organizations, the very creativity and intuition needed to bring new solutions and fresh ideas is often squelched by the drone of stress and desperation. Ground-breaking work done over the past 25 years at HeartMath, an innovative research and training center near Silicon Valley, has shaped new understandings of the roots of creativity and intuition and how to increase their presence in our lives. Bruce Cryer's 20-year association with the Stanford Business School and extensive work with clients on four clients, has led to the development of key principles for developing creativity and intuition.
It is now known as coherence. Researchers have found that positive emotions such as inspiration, appreciation and compassion, as opposed to stressful emotions such as anxiety, anger, and fear, are reflected in a heart rhythm pattern that is more coherent. These same emotions underlie the development of a team's synergy. The ability to reduce the impact of negative emotions, i.e stress, has a positive uplifting effect on our ability and energy to be creative and to listen to our intuitive impulses collectively. This concept will be explored in depth, along with practical examples for its application and development.
Why should you Attend:
Exceptional teams are an example of synergy, a state in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Instead of merely a collection of talented individuals, a team that has found synergy is capable of a level of flow, creativity, innovation, and mutual support unheard of in ordinary teams. A recent landmark study at MIT found thatcollective intelligence is one of the best indicators of a team success, and therefore its synergy. Collective Intelligence emerges from the coordination and collaboration of team members.
The MIT study learned there are five ways teams build Collective Intelligence:
Social Perception and Sensitivity
Sharing and Connective Intelligence
Hire Positive, Collaborative Team Members
Stress is clearly one of the prime disablers of team synergy. Stay stressed and you almost guaranteed to live well below the threshold of your creative and intuitive potentials. In this program you will learn fundamental tools and principles to help teams synergize through collective intelligence, enabling them to navigate through an uncertain rapidly changing future powerfully and positively. You will leave inspired and eager to learn more.
Areas Covered in the Session:
What is Collective Intelligence, and can anyone develop it?
Five Principles of Team Synergy
Essential psycho-physiological principles of brain function
Case studies and stories
Who Will Benefit:
Anyone in an organization today
Graphic designers and marketers
OD directors and consultants
Bruce Cryer is Global Director, HeartMath HealthCare, founding director of HeartMathUK and HeartMath South Africa, and co-founder of What Makes Your Heart Sing. For eleven years he served as CEO at HeartMath (USA), an innovative research-based firm offering scientifically-validated products and award-winning technology to boost performance, productivity and health while reducing stress.
Bruce's clients include Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, the NHS (UK), HP, NASA, Boeing, L'Oreal, and the Samueli Institute. He is co-author of the book "From Chaos to Coherence: The Power to Change Performance" and the Harvard Business Review article "Pull the Plug on Stress". Bruce has been a faculty member of the Stanford Executive Program since 1997 and was named a Top 50 Thought Leader in Personal Excellence. He has been interviewed for or written in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, Fast Company, Modern Healthcare, Leadership Excellence, and medical journals such as Stress Medicine as well as many other business and health publications. A series of major health challenges convinced Bruce to transition to a variety of new roles more closely matching his passions. A former actor/singer/dancer on Broadway, he has even revived his singing and dancing skills as a "keynote performer" helping audiences align your work with what is most alive and inspired in your heart.
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