How to inspire your team’s smart brain

Cindy Henson here with another tap your talent idea.

Imagine you say something to a colleague about how you wish that a team project could go more smoothly. You think you’ve simply made a neutral observation, welcoming your peer’s insight. Your peer suddenly launches into a defensive tirade.

Whoah!, you think. Where did that come from?

What is going on? One possibility is that your colleague’s critter brain took over controls from the smart brain.

Christine Comaford, serial entrepreneur and author of Smart Tribes, notes that we can operate from our smart brain – is open and creative – or from our critter brain – closed and reactive.

We all seem to have a favorite “reaction of choice” when we don’t feel safe, supported, or inspired – either controlling, protecting, or complying.- What is your “favorite” reaction mode?

As leaders we have a responsibility that I’ve been really curious about in my work. That responsibility is to share our comments and information in a way that people can hear them.

Does this mean we are responsible for other’s reactions? Absolutely not.

However, when people feel safe, supported, and inspired, they tend to stay in their smart brain and remain creative.

Keeping your team in their smart brain will increase the likelihood of them thinking differently, being more effective, and ultimately more productive.

Everyone wins, and the feelings of success linger.

What action can you take this week to have your team feel safe, supported, and inspired?

HINT: Appreciating them or asking what they are most proud of right now connects you and them at the heart level and can be magical.

Onward, and keep tapping your talent!
Cindy

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