Snakes evoke instinctive fear; our fight or flight responses are activated, emotions take over and rational thought falls away.
The same response can be triggered when dealing with difficult stakeholders or sensitive situations. Emotions well up and inhibit effective engagement. Already complex problems spiral down into the pit of ego and self-interest. Solutions which might have been easily identified and actioned vanish in the grip of recriminations and bitterness.
Yet it is at precisely these times that we need to stay calm and focused.
So how do we keep a level head in the face of perceived danger?
It begins with understanding. Understanding the other party. Understanding the situation. Understanding our own contribution to the issue at hand. It requires effort, a rewiring of the brain to replace instinctive reaction with effective responses. It combines knowledge with action.
This practical, hands-on seminar, which forms part of PMI’s SeminarsWorld program, tackles the tenth Knowledge Area in a unique and innovative manner, presenting Australia’s most venomous snakes as an analogy for how we can gain control of our emotions and effectively assess and engage with even the most challenging stakeholders we’re likely to encounter.
Join snake expert Craig Adams and project leadership educator Jürgen Oschadleus as they help you face your fears, increase your understanding and develop new strategies to deal with snakes – and with people.
Bonus: come face to face with a python – confront and conquer fear