Today’s guest Jason Treu talks about:
1) Team building
2) Growing your self-awareness through understanding your historical patterns and aligning them with your current challenges.
1) How to Build a High Performing Culture in 45 Minutes
The premise of Jason’s TEDx talk, “How to Get CoWorkers to Like Each Other” is that any organization can increase company performance and employee engagement and retention by getting to know people on a deeper level at work.
Research shows if we like the people we work with, we increase communication and collaboration and resolve conflicts better. In addition, if people bottle up their personal problems, it affects their performance and the team’s performance.
Jason created a short workshop and a game (Cards Against Mundanity) that teams can play (4 people up to 15 optimally). Jason tried it with a dozen organizations and it has worked extremely well.
Two pieces of research are at the core of Jason’s talk:
  • Google found the #1 factor for creating the highest performing teams was psychological safety. And it was the only factor they found across every single team. Psychological safety is getting to know people at a deep personal level, being able to raise controversial ideas, and the freedom to ask any questions.
  • In 1997, psychologist Arthur Aron, ran a famous experiment where he had complete strangers play a game of question-and-answer. At the end of 45 minutes of playing, 30% of the people said the relationship they just created was closer than the closest relationship in their lives. He replicated the study dozens of times over the years with similar results. There is a famous New York Times article on this as well.
  • And Jason lists quite a bit of research in his talk that you can check out.

2) Great leaders start with self-awareness, and then social awareness follows. 

  • Very few people are self-aware (data is 10-15%). But most leaders think they are. They overestimate their abilities.
  • Blind spots and patterns that we’ve held onto since kids are our biggest stumbling blocks. The average person has 6000-7000 thoughts day, but we are aware of 1% of them. We play our fears over and over every day sabotaging our success.
  • We are hardwired for survival, not happiness. So our choices are about keeping us safe.
  • When leaders can link their current challenges with past patterns they are much quicker to change. Because then it is more about pattern recognition than they are “broke” and need “fixing.”
  • Every leader has imposter syndrome and that fear runs their lives

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