Zombie Apocalypse! Overwhelm, Conflict, Stress (and hope) for teams facing the end of the world

A talk by Ceri Newton-Sargunar
Agile Behavioural Coach, Hot Cup of Tea

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In this highly practical session, we'll walk through the evolutionary, psychological and neuroscientific factors that made effective teamwork during and post-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. 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.

Takeaways include: - Where our reactions come from, and what extreme emotion is good for. - How this impacts teamwork in an face-to-face, online and hybrid setting, and how to support this. - 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). - How to identify who might need extra support before it's critical.