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Mina will be travelling to London to share her talk at AWA in December. We will also have a little festive celebration with drinks and food provided by the AWA team.
Mina has also just been awarded 3rd place on "Sweden’s best software developer” list! Mina is also proud to be the highest placed woman on this list to date! So a big congratulations to Mina.
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Improving Communication by Mastering "Games People Play" by Mina Boström Nakicenovic
An important part of agile leadership is improving communication between people. Michael Spayd and Michael Hamman are talking about shifting from directive (managing for results) leadership style to catalysing (designing environments that create results) style. Lyssa Adkins recommends avoiding asking ”Why don’t you…?” questions when coaching, as being too offensive. Clean language methodology promotes better clarity of communication.
All mentioned recommendations are excellent but they require changes in behavioural patterns, which is not easy to achieve. They also do not give complete answers on the following: how to discover dysfunctional behavioural patterns, why we are ending up in them in the first place and how to manage to avoid them?
I’ve found answers on these questions in Transactional Analysis (TA) theory, created by psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne. TA is a way of interpreting social transactions and it helps us to understand why people behave the way they do. I’m using TA as a tool for improving the dysfunctional communication. My main focus is on the ”games people play”.
A game is a series of transactions (words, body language, facial expressions) between two or more people, which follow a predictable behavioural pattern, resulting in a predictable outcome. When we have understood these games, we can successfully break some of the ”bad” behavioural patterns. In my interactive talk, I’m going to present the basic parts of the TA theory as well as to analyse some of the typical ”games” and show how they can be discontinued.
I’ve been working as a software architect for 20 years, mainly in financial industry. I’ve been developing electronic trading systems, so my main focus is on improving financial transactions, since it’s the way how my company makes business. But, as a formal development manager and an informal agile leader, I’ve started focusing also on other types of transactions – transactions between people. In order to improve the communication between people I’ve started using the ”Transactional Analysis” theory, which helps me in improving both daily communication between people as well as my leadership and coaching skills.
6:00-6:45 pm - Arrivals
6:45 - 8:15 pm - The talk
8:15 - 9:00pm - Food & networking
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