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International Project
Management Day 2023

Maximizing Team Performance: The Intersection of Brain Chemistry and Team Building

Thomas Friend

Agile Coach
Bank of America
Tom Friend

About the Presentation

The success of a team depends on more than just technical skills and expertise. It also relies on the chemistry between team members. The right mix of brain chemicals like Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin can promote motivation, social bonding, trust, empathy, collaboration, positive energy, and focus, all of which are essential for High Performance Teams. In this presentation, we will explore how understanding the roles of these neurotransmitters in team formation and day-to-day business can help leaders create a team environment that supports positive team dynamics. We will provide practical tips for building a team that is cohesive, productive, and successful. Join us to learn how to maximize team performance by harnessing the power of brain chemistry and team building.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the different brain chemicals that affect team performance, including Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin, and explain how they impact team dynamics.
  •  Understand the importance of social bonding, trust, empathy, collaboration, positive energy, and focus on team building, and how they contribute to team success.
  • Discuss practical tips and strategies for creating a team environment that supports positive team dynamics and maximizes team performance.
  • Analyze the ways in which team members can leverage their knowledge of brain chemistry to optimize their individual contributions and interactions with other team members.
  • Develop an action plan for applying the principles and strategies presented to improve team performance and collaboration within your own team.

About Thomas Friend

Thomas Friend is an accomplished business agility consultant, scrum trainer, and agile coach with over 20 years’ experience leading software development teams in various industries that include startups, federal, banking, cable, telecommunications, and energy. He is a retired military pilot, squadron commander, a distinguished graduate from Air War College, and has a BS in Aeronautics.