November 30 · 6:30 PM
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18:30 - Péter Halácsy - How compassion and processes can lead to success
19:30 - Snack & Chat
How compassion and processes can lead to success
Change and growth are tough. Start-ups are in a constant change, especially when they are growing in size and after a while they reach Dunbar’s number. According to Dunbar’s famous proposition, human beings are able to maintain stable social relationships with everyone in communities up to about 150 people. As the number of members of a group increases, the average distance between people also grows, and eventually, the tribal nature of the community disappears. That’s why companies tend to set up small, autonomous teams. The problem is when these teams have to start cooperating and solving challenges together instead of blaming each other. That’s the time when they have to be compassionate and understanding with someone that they don’t know and ever talk to.
But how to help to become compassionate? Processes, such us modern facilitation techniques can help. For example during a retrospective, when the facilitator asks us to write down on a Post-it what worked well and what did not work well, makes a small trick and fools our mind into thinking about something other than just the negative things. We stick our Post-it on a whiteboard, we read it out to the group and then we sit down. No reactions. Even if our intent would be to throw a punch at someone, we are not given the opportunity to do that. As a next step, the facilitator takes all the Post-its and categorizes them. All the aggression is gone, and the group then takes a vote on which issue to examine. The point of the whole exercise is to make sure that members of the group do not end up fighting, but become capable of producing constructive results by focusing on the mission of the company.
In his talk Péter Halácsy (Prezi co-founder) will talk about how processes (e.g., facilitated retrospectives) and compassion keep together an organization and make it deliver great results.