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Tuesday, August 8 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Surviving Backdraft (or How to Not Die in a Hellish Explosion of Dysfunction) (Adam Weisbart) POPULAR

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Each year, highly trained and experienced firefighters die due to backdraft. Backdraft occurs when oxygen is reintroduced into an airtight room from which all the air has been burnt out. When a firefighter opens the door to one of these smoldering rooms, air suddenly floods in to the space, giving the remaining fuel the oxygen it needs to violently explode.
As agilists, we aim to help our teams and organizations uncover dysfunction. We help breathe new life into areas that have been neglected or ignored for years. Just as adding oxygen to a smoldering room can be a life threatening experience, shedding light on dysfunction within a team or organization can lead to reactions ranging from discomfort to violent opposition.
In this workshop you'll learn mindfulness techniques you can use immediately to help mitigate internal backdraft (uncomfortable feelings that can arise from helping take care of your team and organization) and external backdraft (negative reactions by the organization or individuals that can crush an agile initiative). We'll leverage the work of Dr. Kristin Neff (one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion) and clinical psychologist Dr. Chris Germer to help us deal with the discomfort that can arise due to backdraft, along with Adam's own techniques for helping surface and highlight organizational dysfunction.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn techniques for immediately dealing with internal backdraft as it arises throughout the day
  • Learn how self-compassion can help caretakers like agile coaches, scrum masters, and change agents work with their team and organizations through massive dysfunction without burning out
  • Practice approaches for helping teams surface challenges that are affecting their work
  • Learn a technique for compassionate listening to help you be present for coworkers dealing with difficult challenges without burning out


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Adam Weisbart

Corporate Agilist, Weisbart Consulting, Inc
Adam Weisbart’s humorously irreverent approach to the serious work of organizational change helps teams and individuals break out of old patterns and discover new ways to improve. His belief that hard work need not be a somber affair infuses everything he does. Adam started his... Read More →

Tuesday August 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am EDT