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LKCE18 Jenni Jepsen - Empowering people is impossible


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Agile leaders don’t empower people, they create spaces where people thrive and deliver value faster. It’s up to individuals to feel empowered, not for leaders to empower the individual. How can we create this environment and break old habits that get in the way?

Agile leaders can give control and increase people’s intrinsic motivation by taking advantage of how we are wired – and by increasing technical competence and organizational clarity.

Jenni will share the neuroscience of empowerment; as well as how we can re-wire our brains to create new habits that make it possible for us to grow and succeed.

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LKCE18 Jenni Jepsen - Empowering people is impossible

  1. 1. EMPOWERING PEOPLE IS IMPOSSIBLE The neuroscience of intrinsic motivation Jenni Jepsen @jenniindk
  2. 2. 2. a management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance 1. the giving or delegation of power or authority; authorization empowerment /ɪmˈpaʊəmənt/ (noun)
  3. 3. Empowered peopleEmpower people vs.
  4. 4. • Decision-making • Emotion control • Higher-level thought • Mental flexibility • Goal-oriented behavior Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) THINKING REGION OF THE BRAIN
  5. 5. Limbic System • Long-term memory • Old habits • Reward, pleasure • Fear • Prejudice FEELING REGION OF THE BRAIN
  6. 6. ATTITUDE: Away from danger ATTITUDE: Toward reward
  7. 7. WHAT GETS IN THE WAY OF GIVING CONTROL? Common obstacles we face on the journey
  8. 8. Busy-ness
  9. 9. Contradictory messages in the environment
  10. 10. Policies & procedures we ”have to” follow
  11. 11. Stress
  12. 12. Old habits
  13. 13. It’s up to you to create an environment where people feel empowered.
  14. 14. What would be the physical evidence that people in your organization feel empowered?
  15. 15. GET IN TOUCH Jenni Jepsen @jenniindk