Create a Culture of Innovation by Strengthening Trust, EQ, and Psychological Safety – Agile New England

Create a Culture of Innovation by Strengthening Trust, EQ, and Psychological Safety - Agile New England

Organizations striving to adopt the Agile mindset do so understanding that innovation is critical to performance, survival, and business growth. The Aristotle Project has demonstrated that organizations with high EQ (emotional intelligence) innovate at faster rates than those organizations where risk-taking is associated with negative consequences. However, leaders rarely emphasize creating the trust levels that enable conditions for high EQ and psychological safety. In this talk, we’ll explore concepts such as trust-building and psychological safety and how they intertwine in the Virtuous Trust Cycle to provide a supportive context for individuals to practice and improve EQ. We will describe how measurements of psychological safety can accurately predict whether your Agile transformation will be effective or challenged. In addition, we’ll practice an exercise on how to enable and measure conditions for psychological safety. Come join us at ANE to explore how the Trust Virtuous Cycle framework can help leaders and team members increase trust levels that create conditions for psychological safety for shaping a culture of innovation. About the Speaker: Pepe Lopez is a longtime business coach and Agile strategist who specializes in building the trust-based relationships critical for development teams and projects that require high levels of collaboration. He’s the author of the Trust Virtuous Cycle, a light framework to build trust and measure psychological safety. Pepe has 20 plus years of experience in roles such as People Leader, PM, Portfolio Manager, and Change Manager. In these roles he’s developed expertise in relationship building, quality frameworks, product development, roadmap execution, and training and development. Most importantly, he’s gained hands-on experience helping organizational cultures in transition. Agile New England’s Monthly Keynote Speaker is Virtual! Please note our June 6, 2024, keynote will be fully virtual with no in-person meeting. The new  timeline follows: 5:00 – 5:30 pm ET – Zoom meeting opens 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET – Agile 101 breakout with Garry Miller (or network in main Zoom session) 6:30 pm ET – Keynote Speaker, followed by announcements and free-form networking