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Tuesday, August 6 • 14:00 - 15:15
Part 1 of 2: Anti-fragility, Collaboration and Agile (Caitlin Walker, Andrea Chiou) POPULAR

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If you are in contempt of another human being you will be operating from an I’m OK you’re not OK position. Sometimes we do this consciously, sometimes unconsciously. Sometimes we use phrases or terms without thinking and someone else points out that this term makes them feel they’re being held in contempt. What to do when internal worlds and external behaviors collide?
Anti-fragility (Taleb 2012) would hold that from the disorder of diversity we can come to positions of strength. These differences and conflicts can become the stimulus for the group to learn, strengthen and grow BUT only if we have the skills of inquiry without turning the interaction into an act of contempt itself.
We will be uncovering anti-fragile ways of inquiring into conflict that don’t in themselves promote more conflict. We will also be uncovering more fragile ways of inquiring into conflict that put someone else down and require winners and losers.
This workshop is all about creating enough space for resilient inquiry and keeping 'What we'd like to have happen' in mind throughout our interactions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learning about others with divergent and even conflicting views - using unbiased 'clean' inquiry.
  • Becoming attuned to knowing the difference between what you said and the response others give.
  • Noticing the patterns of language and behavior that you and other people adopt when in conflict.
  • Developing strategies for moving from fragility to anti-fragility


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Caitlin Walker

Director, Training Attention
I support groups to develop strategies for shifting their attention away from Conflict, Contempt and #Drama. When they're in contempt, they can detect it, acknowledge it, get curious and shift themselves and others. They can move from the addictive #Drama towards action. From a position... Read More →
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Andrea Chiou

Enterprise Agile Coach, Tenable
I work remotely as an Enterprise Agile Coach at Tenable, Inc. a cyber-exposure and vulnerability detection company located in Columbia, Maryland. I care about 'vulnerability detection' in the teams I coach too. Just like with IT systems, we'll have to develop awareness of each others... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
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