When we feel threatened and our thinking brain closes down, we are in what Daniel Goleman labeled an amygdala hijack. The amygdala which alerts us and in this case signals: "be afraid! The team member, the boss, and the organization all lose when a good idea gets lost due to an amygdala hijack!
Leaders like the boss described invariably mean well. They are action-oriented and have been rewarded for getting results. Unwittingly, they shut down the creativity and ideas of their team, and they sabotage the results that they so desperately want to create with others. Team members with good ideas stay silent.
The team can feel stuck, stagnant, or destructively competitive.
The prefrontal cortex opens up—enabling what my colleagues and I call co-creating conversations—which foster co-creating solutions amongst the team. Leaders can start by understanding how their interactions with others activate neurochemistry — and how neurochemistry triggers emotions and impacts how we make decisions, how we engage with others, and the quality and effectiveness of what we can accomplish with others. Next, leaders can intentionally shift a fear-based environment to a co-creating environment.
In a review of oxytocin research, Carter, Harris and Porges summarize that research suggests oxytocin not only supports our social engagement, it decreases fear and even increases stress tolerance, expanding the neuroception of safety. Leaders who understand the shifts they need to make, to elevate conversational intelligence in their relationships and teams and organizations, are the game changers of the future. We are at a time in our evolution where we now know how to activate the healthiest and most powerful states in others.
Not only can this knowledge influence our meetings, it can influence how we think together, behave together, and influence together, whether we are in a meeting or in any difficult conversation about to happen. Think back to the example at the beginning—the team member with the excellent idea who was afraid to speak up because of a boss that demonstrated "power-over" behaviors.
In this example, the impact of judging others in the room resulted in an increase in cortisol, and the loss of a potentially golden idea. The authors have all had the opportunity to coach such leaders. We find that when they understand the basics of the brain and neurochemistry, and how to both down-regulate cortisol-producing behaviors and up-regulate oxytocin-producing behaviors, incredibly powerful and significant changes occur. And they occur not just in one leader but in whole teams and organizations! Marcia Ruben, Ph. Carter, C. Neural and evolutionary perspectives on empathy.
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At the CreatingWe Institute, we have studied conversations for 30 years. We have focused on behaviors that down regulate the power of cortisol and up regulate Oxytocin. The two networks are connected and our applications research coupled with scientific research is confirming the following. When we give support and care to others we are impacting - lowering the level of cortisol. Oxytocin is a bonding hormone with great power. So showing compassion triggers or activates networks in the pre-frontal cortex that releases the Oxytocin neurotransmitter.
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