Technical Excellence and Leadership Skills

TH05 Learned Helplessness vs. Learned Optimism - Getting Your Team Unstuck


9:30am - 10:45am

Level: Introductory

Sara Caldwell

Business Agility Coach

As a leader, you set the tone that your team is empowered, you might even tell them they are safe-to-fail, you encourage them to explore ideas and take ownership...but they do not seem to want to take it.

What is happening? These are talented people and experienced technologists, and you know they are committed to the success of the team. At the same time, their actions do not match their desires. It seems like there are ghosts in the hall that prevent your team from living A(a)gile.

Join Sara Caldwell as she helps us understand learned helplessness on teams, three ways to manage it, and how to feel more comfortable talking about it.

You will learn:

  • How to recognize when your team is struggling with "learned helplessness"
  • How to list three ways to manage learned helplessness on your team
  • Feel more comfortable how to talk about learned helplessness