Leading projects with the brain in mind: Building High Performance Teams

Jeff Richardson on how understanding the latest brain research can help Project Managers build and lead high performance teams.

jeff_richardsonJeff Richardson, of Empowered Alliances, believes that every team has the capability to achieve extraordinary performance results but so few ever realize this potential. Jeff is doing his part to change this.

Continuing this series on leading projects with the brain in mind, I asked Jeff to share with us his insights on how he is using the latest brain science findings to help organizations build high performance teams and achieve higher levels of team communication, collaboration, and innovation.

Jeff  has 13 years of experience developing project leaders at universities, Fortune 50 companies, and high-tech startups. As an educator, Jeff was one of the lead designers for Stanford’s Advanced Project Management Program, in addition to designing and teaching project leadership programs at San Jose State and UC Santa Cruz – Extension. Jeff teaches project leadership and consults with companies like Cisco, Intuit, Texas Instruments, the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County to name a few.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • The challenges of building and leading effective project teams
  • Key experiences that shaped his thinking about how to build and lead high performance project teams
  • The brain’s strengths and limitations through the lens of the latest neuroscience research and how they relate to the specific challenges facing project teams in making decisions, solving problems, collaborating, and facilitating change?
  • Practical insights from neuroscience that help leaders unlock their teams potential and achieve higher levels of team communication, Collaboration, and innovation
  • How he uses an experiential “learning lab” approach to help leaders test some of these concepts for themselves using interactive activities and some of the big “Ah-Ha” moments that participants experience thru these exercises
  • Key neuroscience breakthroughs that will influence how we will build and lead project teams in the future

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More about Jeff Richardson

Jeff has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Organizational Development & Change Management. Jeff’s engineering and Organizational Development background combined with expertise in using experiential team building activities makes his programs highly engaging and technically relevant.

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If you liked this post, you can read the entire “Leading Projects with the Brain in Mind” series here.

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