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  • Cultivating Attention for Teams

    Is your team working hard but still not succeeding as much as you hoped? The “Cultivating Attention for Teams” workshop helps your team build the powerful practice of paying attention to make your collaborative work more effective.

    Based on the book Cultivating Attention: The Paradoxical Secret of Team Success by Joseph H. Anderson, this 4-hour to one-day workshop teaches you practical tools for improving your attention in four domains:

    • Stable Attention so your team can focus on what’s important.
    • Connectedness so your team can collaborate effectively.
    • Open-Mindedness so your team can make good decisions.
    • Self-Awareness so your team can find resilience in the face of change.

    Both the book and the workshop help individuals and teams build and apply the practice of paying attention to make their collaborative work more effective.

  • This workshop is for you if:

    You are a technology executive responsible for building strong, effective, independent teams that deliver consistently great results.

    You are a team leader responsible for helping your team realize its potential and deliver value.

    • Agile, Scrum, DevOps, SAFe, Lean or cross-functional
    • Development manager
    • Product owner, or project/program/productmanager

    You are an individual contributor who wants to build your own influence and effectiveness, while helping your team build great things.

  • Cultivating Attention for Teams

    Workshop Summary

       Introduction:  why attention matters for team alignment

       The paradoxes:  trying harder does not get better results.

       Motivation:  zero in on your reasons for paying better attention.

       Obstacles:  why your brain makes it hard to pay attention.

       Core practice:  the one simple thing you need to change.

       Building the habit:  micropractices to make the habit of attention stronger every day.

       Making it relevant:  application to what matters to you, your team, and your organization.

    The Paradoxes
       You’ll use the power of paradox to to shift business-as-usual thinking.

       You’ll examine change drivers for yourself and your team.

    Obstacles: The Four Brains
       You’ll become more aware of how your brain naturally gets in the way of paying attention.

       The Busy Brain:  attentional spotlight, default mode, executive function

       The Tribal Brain:  social danger, facial recognition, oxytocin, Theory of Mind

       The Biased Brain:  negativity bias, wishful thinking, confirmation bias

       The Reactive Brain:  fight/flee/freeze response, metaphors, the amygdala, constructing emotions

    Core Practices
       You’ll experiment with techniques for sharpening your attention in each domain.

  • Pay attention to the present moment and stabilize your attention so you can prioritize.

    Pay attention to other people and build relationships so you can collaborate.

    Pay attention to your judgments and discern what you know to be true in order to make good decisions.

    Pay attention to your reactions and identify the impact of your emotions in order to stay resilient.

  • Micropractices
       You’ll choose a small set of attention-building micropractices to do every day. Examples:

    Stable Attention




    Pay attention to your breath

    Pay attention to the other point of view

    Pay attention to the planning fallacy

    Pay attention to body sensations

    Pay attention in meetings

    Pay attention to your perceptions of others

    Pay attention to honesty and humility

    Pay attention to what triggers you

       You’ll align your habits of attention with specific technical or business processes you’re engaged in, and set specific measurable outcomes to evaluate impact.

    • Lean
    • Kanban
    • Agile
    • Scrum
    • DevOps
    • SAFe
    • Strategic Planning
    • Innovation
    • Change Management