Meena Venkataraman
Online Presentation

Speakers Profile

Starting my career in 2003, my early exposure to working across geographies sparked my fascination with the neuroscience behind team dynamics. Now, as an Agile & Lean coach with 15 years of industry experience spread across product development and delivery,  I’ve worked with organisations and teams ranging from startups to large companies in their pursuit of discovering and transitioning to Agile ways of working. Deeply driven by the desire to nourish the human systems at work, I am passionate about how Agile brings people and teams together, its focus on empowering people through self-management and building robust feedback loops.  I also have a deep interest in organisational design and how Agile principles can be extended across businesses other than product development.

I am an avid learner and enjoy speaking at various conferences around the world.

Session Details

On behalf of that introvert in your team WAITLIST

Pull back the curtain on your team. What do you see? Most likely, a mix of people and personalities working together. Look a little closer. You will notice their differing working styles. Every team has its share of extroverts and introverts. According to estimates, extroverts outnumber introverts by about 3 to 1. How does this difference in numbers impact the introverts in your team and what implications does it have on team dynamics? A team after all is a living breathing system. For it to truly unlock its potential, it must accommodate the needs of each distinct group. Especially with regards to behavior and approaches to social situations.

But what if I were to tell you that it is our collective understanding of both these board groups that are getting in the way of the team working as a unit. This was exactly where I was a few years ago before I discovered recent research on the introvert-extrovert spectrum.

Come, build your awareness on this extremely common but frequently misunderstood component of human diversity. Delve into the neuroscience of introversion where I touch on widely believed myths. Walk away with a powerful understanding of why this knowledge is important and how this helps not just you as a team coach but also the system as a whole to better collaborate. Identify concrete actions that you can then use in any group and finally use this knowledge to create more inclusive spaces for all.

As the facilitator I will guide you through this interactive session as we talk through the content, complete some simple, introspective questions and a survey and create a plan. Please bring along some pen and paper.

Learning outcomes

As a participant, you will be able to :

  1. Understand the neuroscience behind the introvert-extrovert spectrum
  2. Interpret group dynamics keeping in mind the introvert -extrovert spectrum
  3. Create a plan of action for you to carry into your facilitation and design of events and spaces for team collaboration