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Managing emotions is an illusion.


instead, you can create and transmit emotions as a way to increase freedom.

Emotions are fuel used by human beings to make decisions and choices. But, when it comes to emotion in teams we often treat them as a byproduct of team activity or we pay attention to them only when it seems that any other “rational approach” fails (usually in conflicts). Only at that point we start talking about “managing” emotions. This session propose ways to use emotions effectively to fuel every moment of team activities. Forget managing and start using them. Teams are systems too complex for applying mechanistic rules but not enough complex for applying statistic approaches. This leaves team coaches with the problem of finding tools capable of navigating team performance complexities. In this session I propose that effective, consistent and pervasive use of emotions can boost  team performance and help to keep the performance at a costant level. My goal in this session is to provoke fresh thoughts about the role of emotions in team performance. We’ll see how emotions are necessary to understand any team development process model and we’ll apply them to well known team development models. We’ll experiment with a basic set of team protocols capable of activating and processing emotional information in a team.

Join me in Shangai (discount applies :-))!

I’ll be speaking at SCRUM Gathering in Shanghai next September aboutEscape top emotional intelligence traps and hack team culture”. Just to let you know that there is a special discounted registration valid until August 15th to save up to $400.

For 2 weeks only, Scrum Alliance is offering discounted registration to the Global Scrum Gathering® Shanghai 2015 — save an extra $400! This discount code will be applied to our NEW gathering pricing of $1,150 for Scrum Alliance members, bringing your registration cost to only $750! 

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To receive $400 off, you must complete the two (2) steps below:

  1. When completing your registration and answering “How did you hear about the Global Scrum Gathering?” choose “Other”. A box will appear and insert the speaker’s name who referred you to register: David Papini
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Escape top emotional intelligence traps and hack team culture


What happens to emotional IQ in a team? Answer is in the way we use language and body to create our experience and culture.

In this session I discuss the way we use our language and our bodies when we want to achieve something. I will propose that anything we want achieve,as an individual or as a team, is always achieved in a relational space and that the precondition for any kind of achievement stays in consciously working inside the relationship and needs a basic ingredient: integrity. Integrity is easily defined but difficultly gained and kept, mainly because of the eleven misconceptions we will address in the session.

We will learn how to connect emotional intelligence theory with clean linguistic and cognitive practices. We’ll experiment simple techniques to leverage emotions in any goal-oriented setting, be it their work, their teamwork or their relationships. Also we’ll learn to convert common misconceptions about emotions in powerful, mindset changing behaviors.

Escape top emotional intelligence traps and create freedom in teams

What happens to emotional IQ in a daily practice to pursue freedom? Answer is in the way we use language and body.

In the session attendees will learn how to connect emotional intelligence theory with clean linguistic and cognitive practices. They will experiment simple techniques to leverage emotions in any goal-oriented setting, be it their work, their teamwork or their relationships. They will learn also to convert very common misconceptions about emotions in powerful, mindset changing and practical behaviors. The tools that we’ll use in the session are language and body. We will learn that language can be effective or not in emotional intelligence, depending on how we use it (and we’ll see the four main uses of language) and also that speech and body are not alternative means of getting things done and goals achieved.

Will 2013 welcome you all!

I wish you a great new year with this words by Jim McCarthy:

I Say Welcome

I say welcome over and over to every and all who show me themselves in a way I can understand because their kindness in doing so is lovely. I want more of it, and them, in my world. They are welcome.

I say welcome because for hundreds of years we have been unwelcome in hundreds of ways. Our feelings especially have been taboo, our deepest selves prohibited.

I say welcome because when someone shows they can feel and think at the same time by stating a feeling instead of acting without coherence on it, I am happy that i am safer with this person’s feelings.

I say welcome to maturity in everyday living.

I say welcome: welcome to all of us, even to our feelings and emotional discomfort. Offering welcome to ourselves a million times in a million voices may be just enough to break the spell of having been hushed in countless ways all of our lives. The age-old banishment of the human spirit from our discourse may well be ended with our inviting and welcoming.

My arrival in externality does not happen all at once. Every day i become more convinced by the welcoming of my many welcoming friends that a place for me actually exists in their hearts. I grow to believe just a little more that in that place I will be valued as I actually am within myself, that I am welcome among a group of external us.

The world wide we.

This welcoming world is built of acceptance and encouragement based on mutual comprehension of just a few primitive feelings, and the belief that we all want more virtue, more help, better ideas, and greater results. This world does not unnecessarily demand my silence, nor does it prohibit my cogence and sensation.

I hear welcome. My sorrow, my joy, my anger and my constant fear have been welcomed. I, in fact, am welcome, so I step a little further into my state of visible being.. This new bit of me is welcomed anew as it should be, so a new and a newly seen me moves on.

I glisten with newness.

I throb with acceptance.

I hear welcome, even if at times I fear it is pro forma. I hear welcome to more and more of me, as long as I offer myself in ways comprehensible to you. I hear that I belong in this world. So I keep moving to fulfill my fundamental commitment to be, to create and disclose myself in effective and comprehensive ways.

I hear welcome.

And I say welcome to signal that I accept what you have told me about you.

I say welcome alone, without adornment. Just “Welcome.” I don’t trust the part of me that wants to talk you out being who you are. I want to tell you why you shouldn’t be in any discomfort whatsoever. I want you to stop being sad or mad. I want your fears to stop. I want this cessation of you because I cannot accept that I am feeling these feelings too. Even though they have been supposedly prohibited in me. I say welcome to tell myself to feel, to invite and to love.

I say welcome and welcome again to these our tentatively emergent feelings, because they alone bring infinite supply to a life otherwise mired in shortages.

Welcome is my raised fist. I say welcome as a weapon. I say welcome to nullify the isolation within that leads to the suffering world without. I say welcome to end poverty and war, to make beauty and to topple injustice and repression.

Welcome is my act of rebellion. Welcome is our revolution. Welcome is war.

War against all that I have done and habitually do to repress myself. And you. Then, now and forever.


Jim McCarthy

The core of education