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Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
Removing Negativity from Interaction
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Removing Negativity from Interaction

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Sucking the Poison Out - Removing Negativity from Interaction is a talk I gave at NED 4.0. I go through methods for removing negativity from groups of people and relationships for greater …

Sucking the Poison Out - Removing Negativity from Interaction is a talk I gave at NED 4.0. I go through methods for removing negativity from groups of people and relationships for greater productivity, happiness and flow.

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    • 1. Sucking thePoison OutRemoving Negativity from InteractionBy Darius Contractor
    • 2. Why I’m Interested At work and in life, I see negativity:  Grind teams to a stop  Deplete energy  Crowd out happy moments No fun. So I set out to understand and eliminate it
    • 3. But first: Negativity=Awesome! acid Communicating pain is the that dissolves painful realities. Sharing honesty is the keystone of a good relationship. Connecting with our own negative thoughts lets them float away… “Our wounds are often the opening to the best and most beautiful part of us.” – David Richo
    • 4. So When Remove Negativity? When the acid is dissolving the wrong things.  Negativity should destroy Behaviors and Limits  Not Trust, Confidence, or Hope When it’s Mu*lti*pl*ing  Transitively – Person B making Person C Wrong  Internally – Escalating to Belief & Identity When… it’s….. just….. so…. Exhausting… When its disrupting floooo | oooow
    • 5. Why “Sucking the Poison Out”?Because to remove negativity from a situation, you must: gather it, hold it, and dispose of it. (Without spilling it if someone bumps you)Like cleaning up cups at a party.
    • 6. How Go to presentation about negativity Sensitivity Careful Delivery Agree More Re-route It Keep Positive
    • 7. Tuning your Neg-o-meterLeft hand = negative, right hand = positiveRate each below, -5 to +5: “Wow, you crushed it” “I can’t believe you sometimes” “I told you so” “I’m so glad you’re here” “Thanks” “Thank you” “Your idea didn’t work”
    • 8. Delivering Bad News Sandwich – Good, Bad, Good Extended Sandwich – Good feedback constantly, Bad feedback sparingly
    • 9. Agree Better Renegotiate agreements before they’re due Always get something Zipper concept – agreed wide, narrow down to issues For more: The Corporate Mystic by Gay Hendricks
    • 10. Re-routing Negativity Mantras can show the value of painful realities:  “Release fast and Break stuff” (ie “this is forward progress”)  “Every cloud has a silver lining” (ie “what can I enjoy?”) Create a safe place for expression/action of feelings  Writing, art, exercise, therapy, friends, etc Avoid communicating problems to off-load them
    • 11. Keeping it positive Slice off time for yourself. Cooks have to eat too. Relationship research shows couples need 80% of interactions to be positive to make it. Office research shows the best teams are 85% positive. http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2012/01/why-appreciation-matters-so-mu.html For more: Why Marriages Succeed or Fail by Gottman
    • 12. #1Gratitude
    • 13. #1“Without you here X and Y wouldn’t get done” Feel Proud of yourselfThank those who helped, taught, and challenged you. GratitudeLook downward as well as upward Notice what others do right Find something to appreciate: helping, trying, hoping, showing up, being.
    • 14. Thank youQuestions / Comments? Darius - d@rius.com - @dariusmc

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