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I read "Unwinding Anxiety" by Judson Brewer.
One of the takeaways was about how we train our brain to remember, not just what's happened in our past, but also how we feel about experiences. In other words, our brains update our definition of (work) actions as we change the way tie new feelings to those experiences.
This got me thinking...maybe we can apply this to shaping team culture. If leaders repeatedly reference past experiences as good, we can train team brains to associate certain experiences with feelings best used to motivate the team.
It's not a new idea: to recall the good during a time when recalling the bad might be easier. But I'm not sure we're intentional about doing this. I'm even more sure that we're not intentional about doing this for our teammates.
So here's an idea: just like some teams share their workstyle preferences with each other, let's also share when we're having a hard time with certain work tasks, actions, or even people.
Maybe do it alongside retros. Maybe do it once/month. Once teammates hear the examples provided, teammates can think about the positive actions that they want to see more of in the future. That way, it promotes a culture of vulnerability, and at the same time, minimizes fear of future experiences.
What do you think? Do you buy into this idea? What can be improved or how can you build upon this idea?