The Power to Pivot

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Workshop

Retreat

Pivots are course corrections. You feel exhilarated when you execute a smart pivot because you know you’ve just saved time and resources. We easily execute smart pivots around airport obstacles standing between us and the plane we’re late for, but we struggle making smart pivots in our professional lives, resulting in mild to disastrous effects.

 

How would your organization and your life be different if you could learn to better spot a pivot opportunity and strategies for executing that pivot in a more efficient way?

 

Move from inspiration to action as The Power to Pivot takes you on a narrative driven journey through the scientific research to discover:

 

  • Why pivots are one of the most important elements for increasing engagement & decreasing burnout.

  • What to look for when a pivot opportunity is on the horizon.

  • Evidence based strategies for quickly moving through the stress & anxiety that's keeping you stagnant.

  • The cultural myth of fearlessness.

  • How to stay relevant in your field through the power of a smart or radical pivot.

Leaders Use The F Word

Fear Fighting Strategies for Teams & Organizations

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Workshop

Retreat

One of the traits that separates incredibly high performing leaders like Pixar’s Ed Catmull and Virgin’s Richard Branson from everyone else is their constant and blatant use of the F word: Fear. It’s one of our most basic human emotions and keeps us safe, but can really get in the way of our goals and desires. When we’re in the throes of even a mild fear response, the intellectual part of our brain where all our brilliant thoughts and ideas come from shuts down as we go into survival mode. Join Mary Poffenroth, university lecturer and fear scientist, as she shares her neuro-driven strategies and latest research on how the world’s most visionary leaders cultivate a personal and organizational culture that supports a healthy relationship with fear for success. Want to increase creativity, decrease stress and generate more innovative solutions? Then you need an evidence-based framework to provide strategies and understanding so you can move from reactive fear to courageous exploration. 

 

In each transformative session you will: 

 

  • Experience an intimate and holistic exploration of our most shared common fears that will build community & personal resilience

  • Implement science based strategies to increase creativity & strength during high-pressure decision-making 

  • Learn the truth about stress and how your brain works in fear to help improve your responses

  • Identify and breakthrough your most urgent, success blocking personal fear story and how to help your team do the same 

The Myth of Fearlessness

Keynote

Fear is the root of many of our world’s problems. Fear of scarcity leads to overconsumption of resources. Fear of failure stops us from taking risks and creating new solutions. Fear leads to political instability and violence. If we can learn to better understand our fear, we can use it to our advantage instead of letting it control our lives and express itself in harmful ways. 

 

Unfortunately, most of us are not given the tools we need to live better lives with this very human part of us. Instead, we are simply told to be fearless at university, in business, and in life. However, given our evolutionary adaptations for survival this is nearly impossible.  Fear can be debilitating, but it can also be harnessed as a tool for success. Bringing together her work in human biology, psychology, and communication, university biology lecturer and fear researcher Mary Poffenroth shows us how we can learn to make friends with our everyday, non-clinical fears and start using them to our advantage. 

 

 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the science of fear and it’s in role human survival and success

  • Discover how to categorize your fear for faster release

  • Pull back the veil on the toxic messaging of fearlessness 

  • Learn and practice easy to remember, science-based tools and strategies for moving through everyday fear quicker and with more ease. 

Neurohacking Creativity & Innovation

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Breakout

Workshop

Retreat

Have you ever found yourself speechless in the heat of an important moment? Pressure from confrontation, conflict, or intimidation can leave us frozen and wanting to run away instead of coming up with that perfect solution. Do the most dazzling responses effortlessly pop into your head hours after that pivotal moment has passed? If so, you can blame fear. Fear, one of our most basic human emotions, keeps us safe but can also really get in the way of our success. When we’re in the throes of even a mild fear response, the intellectual part of our brain where all our brilliant thoughts and ideas come from shuts down as we go into survival mode. Join university professor and fear researcher Mary Poffenroth and she shares her neuro-driven strategies for moving through fear, in the moment, so you can get to those witty come backs and strategic decisions faster and with more precision. 

 

  • Triumph over the most common fears with the simple 3 Step Fear Forward strategy that will be easy to take back and share with your team. 

  • Learn the truth about stress and how your brain works in fear to help improve your responses

  • Identify and breakthrough your most urgent, success blocking personal fear story and play around with actionable, science-based strategies you can start using today to get to more creativity, faster than ever before. 

A Whole New World:

College Success as a 1st Generation Student

Keynote

Breakout

As the first and only family member to go to college, Mary knows first-hand just how tricky can be to successfully navigate the challenges, both logistically and culturally, of a college campus as a 1stGeneration college student. Since she was not only the youngest, but the only, child out of five to go to university, there was no immediate role model for her to follow. In this talk, Mary will share key insights and stories of how she went from literally falling in an open ditch on the first day of class to becoming a university biology lecturer at 27. 

 

Attendees can expect to: 

  • Be inspired and entertained by Mary’s literal falls and advice for getting back up 

  • Strategies for dealing with college anxiety & imposter syndrome 

  • Actionable, easy to implement ideas for better navigating the personal and professional life of a college campus 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mary Poffenroth, MSc

Mary.Poffenroth@sjsu.edu

Los Angeles | San Jose | London 

@MaryPoffenroth