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Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, MD

Building A Tomorrowmind: Thriving At Work, Now And In An Uncertain Future

July 24th - July 28th, 2023

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15 Hour In-Person & Live-Online Course

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT / 30-Minute Break Daily

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Course Description

Today’s world of work threatens our personal and organizational health and performance in a thousand ways. The level of uncertainty, volatility, and constant change is unprecedented in human history. And yet it’s the same 70,000 year-old forager’s brain we will need to use to navigate it. How can we not only survive, but thrive, in this whitewater environment?


We ground our answer, based on the book Tomorrowmind (Atria, January 2023), first in the past, learning from previous labor transformations about how our ancestors adapted their hunter-gatherer brains to meet the demands of first agriculture and then industrialization. Many suffered in those transitions. What lessons can we use to help us avoid a similar fate? We have another unique historical advantage in the form of the behavioral sciences. We will briefly look at the parts of the interdisciplinary world of the behavioral sciences that have the most to offer, and understand how more recent trends in the field will work in our favor in this endeavor.


In this course, we’ll examine the five skills most essential for thriving as individuals, leaders, and organizations in the whitewater. These skills allow employees to thrive not through a single transition but through change after change, reinvention after reinvention. These five skills, collectively the PRISM powers, were derived through several massive data sets as well as five years of research on large organizations across industries andaround the globe:


  1. Prospection (P): The meta-skill for our time, our ability to imagine and plan for the future. We can grow in our ability to envision divergently, and plan pragmatically, in a manner that can restore our agency.

  2. Resilience (R): The ability to respond to change without harm, and even to grow stronger through challenge. We outline the five building blocks of resilience, and how to build each.

  3. Innovation (I): We are all creatives now, as automation takes over the more rote aspects of our roles, and as rapid change necessitates new levels of innovation in response. We introduce a novel typology of creativity, as well as a novel approach to building the creative muscle to support individuals, teams, and businesses.

  4. Rapid Rapport to build Social Support (S): We need each other more than ever, and yet we are working in teams of strangers, teams that seem to dissolve and reconstitute just as we get to know each other. Rapid Rapport allows us to build trust effectively and efficiently as individuals, leaders, and colleagues.

  5. Mattering (M): Our sense that our work matters is essential to fuel our efforts as we pivot time after time. Mattering offers managers and organizations a new way of thinking about how to provide that motivation to all employees.


The organization of the future will organize to win around the work of building these PRISM powers for employees. There are hidden organizational barriers to this work that need to be recognized and addressed in order for companies to position themselves proactively for the future.

Monday

Our Brains at Work

  • Understanding the work context within which our brains first evolved

  • Lessons from the transitions to agriculture and industrialization

  • The twin trials: The pace and nature of change

  • Our unique advantage: The positive behavioral sciences

  • Resilience Part One: Building emotional regulation

Tuesday

Resilience and Mattering: The how and why of navigating uncertainty

  • Resilience Part Two: Building cognitive agility, optimism, self-compassion, and self-efficacy and The resilient organization

  • What we know about meaning and purpose at work

  • Mattering as an alternative to meaning

  • The Mattering Map

Wednesday

Rapid Rapport: Building trust efficiently across difference

  • Defining terms: Positivity resonance, empathy, compassion

  • The biological, professional, and organizational benefits of connection

  • The three biggest barriers: Time, space, and us/them

  • Strategies for connecting despite limited time

  • Strategies for connecting across space

  • Strategies for overcoming the mental block of us/them

Thursday

Prospection: The Meta-Skill for our Era of Work

  • The case for prospection

  • Defining prospection

  • The two stages of prospection

  • Building prospection in individuals and teams

  • Innovator’s bias

  • Creativity Part One: Creativity in the brain

Friday

Innovation and the Proactive Organization

  • Creativity Part Two: A novel typology of creativity and Creativity hygiene

  • Origins of talent development and benefits

  • Challenges of the dual structure

  • Opportunities for a holistic approach

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