There is nothing mystical about how people behave in team settings. The most current research in brain science (Neuroscience) helps us to more precisely understand the connections between how are actions are governed by your body’s chemistry depending on what we see, how we interpret what we see and the meaning we apply to it. Neuroscience explains something very interesting about our interactions with the world around us: Our perceptions are more “real” to us than reality itself! And people often are not seeing things in exactly the same way.
TeamX takes into account that the undeniable fact that people see things differently. The TeamX survey, algorithm and reports are all geared to put people at the center of the picture. Through the TeamX suite of reports, teams are able to acknowledge and deal in a compassionate way with differences on the team and work together towards mutual development and higher levels of performance.
Here is some additional information on the inner workings of your brain and how it affects your behavior. TeamX extensively uses the research behind this information in the design of all aspects of the system.
Chemicals are released in response to our interpretation of a specific trigger. If you feel undervalued the chemicals you have in your body are consistent with what you perceive and not with the reality as it is..
It takes our brains about 1/4 second to identify the trigger, and about another 1/4 second to produce the chemicals. By the way, chemicals are released throughout our bodies, not just in our brains, and they form a kind of feedback loop between our brains & bodies.
Furthermore, these chemicals are infectious. Our mirror neurons create connections among emotions like a wi-fi system. Mirror neurons are “smart cells” in our brains that allow us to understand others’ actions, intentions, and feelings. The mirror neurons are in many areas of our brains, and they fire when we perform an action such as grasping an apple, and similarly we see others doing it.
As it turns out, our mirror neurons fire when we experience an emotion and similarly when we see others experiencing an emotion, such as happiness, fear, anger, or sadness. When we see someone being sad, for example, our mirror neurons fire and that allows us to experience the same sadness and to feel empathy. We don’t need to “think” about the other person being sad, we actually experience it firsthand.
The reaction of mirror neurons allows us to socialize and communicate with others as we read their facial expressions. There is also an important ability to dampen this reaction, and there are several centers in our brains that act as “brakes” to keep us from becoming too caught up in others’ experiences. This process can have profound implications for our relationships.
Interestingly, human mirror neuron networks are also stimulated in response to actions which are apparently meaningless, indicating a tendency to spontaneously model any and all movements by others (Giacomo Rizzolatti, Fogassi, & Gallese, 2001)
All that means that is crucial understanding the people perceptions timely if we want to really create a sustainable team performance.