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Calibrate 2016: How to Grow Your Happiness In Meetings

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Marcy Swenson, Executive Coach, explores three strategies for new engineering leaders to run great meetings.

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Calibrate 2016: How to Grow Your Happiness In Meetings

  1. 1. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESSGROWING YOUR HAPPINESS Three Ways to Grow Your Happiness In Meetings marcy@startuphappiness.com
  2. 2. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS executive coach VP Engr/co-founder
  3. 3. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS 1. Plan for success 2. Create psychological safety 3. Ask for feedback on facilitation
  4. 4. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS 1. Plan for success
  5. 5. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS If this meeting is successful, what will the outcome be? Will the right people be in the room? Are the decision-maker & processes clear? Should you talk to anyone beforehand? If this meeting fails, why?
  6. 6. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS How much preparation? A room full of 10 engineers for 1hr =
  7. 7. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS 2. Create psychological safety
  8. 8. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS Google Project Aristotle (2012)
  9. 9. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/what-google-learned-from-its-quest-to-build-the-perfect-team.html Conversational turn-taking High social sensitivity Successful teams had only TWO shared traits
  10. 10. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS Turned out, psychological safety was the best predictor of successful teams. Teams will not embarrass, reject, or punish someone for speaking up.
  11. 11. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS UCLA Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (2008) Matthew Lieberman & Naomi Eisenberger http://www.scn.ucla.edu/pdf/Pains&Pleasures(2008).pdf
  12. 12. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS registers social AND physical pain Bodyparts 3D/The Database Center for Life Science Dorsal anterior cingulate cortex
  13. 13. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS The workplace is a SOCIAL SYSTEM (even for engineers)
  14. 14. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESSGROWING YOUR HAPPINESS
  15. 15. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS Ohhh… You don’t know <programing language>? That’s a dumb idea. Why would you want to do it *that* way? *laughs* *rolls eyes* Tone = contempt, impatience Engineering Microaggressions
  16. 16. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS Talk about psychological safety in your team. Reframe difficult statements in meetings. Speak for people who might not feel safe in public. “It’s OK not to know things, as long as you’re willing to learn” Include teaching/mentoring in your career ladder. Model not knowing *yourself*. What You Can Do as a Leader
  17. 17. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS 3. Ask for feedback on facilitation
  18. 18. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESSGROWING YOUR HAPPINESS
  19. 19. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS http://startuphappiness.com Blog post about this:
  20. 20. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESSGROWING YOUR HAPPINESS Four Ways to Grow Your Happiness In Meetings marcy@startuphappiness.com marcy@startuphappiness.com
  21. 21. GROWING YOUR HAPPINESS

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