A friend of mine once told me that “people only change behaviour when they win” and I do believe there is truth in that. It is so easy to give up trying something new if at first you don’t succeed. Neuroscience tells us that it take 10,000 practices to form a new habit, allowing the old habit to slowly die. So how can positive change work in groups where each person has to believe they can win before committing to change? Each person will have their own fears and insecurities and will potentially avoid changing the way they do things, so galvanising a group becomes more difficult. The leader’s role and their role modelling are pivotal to changing a group’s thinking and attitude.
|If we want our team events to invoke positive feelings which drive the team to deliver impactful work, it's down to us to lead them well!|
My recent research into neuroscience gives us lots of clues as to what a leader can practically do to create a positive viral effect on the team and deliver high impact team events which energises them to action.
Sue Blight is an accredited Executive Coach through Henley Business School with extensive experience as a Management Trainer and Change Facilitator.
Sue specialises in psychometric assessment and delivers performance support for individuals and teams.
As we saw in the case study people feel they can really make a difference if the leader shapes the climate and demonstrates that s/he feels that everyone is important. Unconscious insecurities can be reduced and a sense of belonging in a group can thrive.
I leave you with this consideration:-
“When was the last time you really paid attention to another person, without interrupting and really focusing on what they are saying?” It is harder than you think!
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