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TOXINS - The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse - CultureCon - 18 Sept 2019

  • 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG, UK United Kingdom (map)

45-minute Workshop at CultureCon - September 18-19th:

The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse by
Victoria Morgan-Smith (Financial Times)

John Gottman (clinical psychologist and relationship expert) highlighted 4 behaviours that he deemed to be not just unhealthy, but actually toxic.  The debilitating effect they have on the people they are directed towards has the potential to destroy working relationships. He called these behaviours the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse because of how destructive they could be.

These behaviours most commonly emerge during times of stress or conflict - and we know we can’t simply avoid conflict because after all, ‘smooth seas do not make skillful sailors’, [African proverb]. It’s essential that we learn techniques to help us navigate stress if we’re to achieve effective decision-making, psychological safety and the high-performing teams that will result.

If you’re honest with yourself, do you ever exhibit toxic behaviours? (Hint: we all do!)

In this workshop you will experience and explore the 4 toxins. We will ask:

  • What are they?

  • Where do they come from?

  • What impact do they have?

  • And what are the antidotes?

Attendees will examine these to see which ones they are most prone to exhibit during times of stress, and go away with a deeper understanding of what harm they are doing when they do. Most importantly they will also go away with a set of alternative behaviours / actions for them to take when they experience the conditions that trigger those responses

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Victoria Morgan-Smith is one of the authors of the “Internal Tech Conferences” book. Internal tech conferences can make a significant impact on an organisation's level of sharing, learning, and communication by accelerating multi-team learning across technology departments. The book is available on leanpub: