Abstract/Description

Each year, highly trained and experienced firefighters die due to backdraft. Backdraft occurs when oxygen is reintroduced into an airtight room from which all the air has been burnt out. When a firefighter opens the door to one of these smoldering rooms, air suddenly floods in to the space, giving the remaining fuel the oxygen it needs to violently explode.

As agilists, we aim to help our teams and organizations uncover dysfunction. We help breathe new life into areas that have been neglected or ignored for years. Just as adding oxygen to a smoldering room can be a life threatening experience, shedding light on dysfunction within a team or organization can lead to reactions ranging from discomfort to violent opposition.

In this workshop you’ll learn mindfulness techniques you can use immediately to help mitigate internal backdraft (uncomfortable feelings that can arise from helping take care of your team and organization) and external backdraft (negative reactions by the organization or individuals that can crush an agile initiative). We’ll leverage the work of Dr. Kristin Neff (one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion) and clinical psychologist Dr. Chris Germer to help us deal with the discomfort that can arise due to backdraft, along with Adam’s own techniques for helping surface and highlight organizational dysfunction.

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