The Neuroscience of Organizational Culture
* For a group, there is a fourth step – to discuss and debate if the practicing is actually working in the medium to long term, and to review step 2 above if members feel they are not making progress.
For intact work teams, in the same way that sports team practice drills, overtly practicing stimulus- response behavior “drills” is necessary to develop new neural pathways. Sapolski describes an important aspect of stress reduction that can be related to this process – that of personal control. When individuals in a team feel that they some control over how people behave and interact, stress and anxiety levels are significantly reduced.
It is remarkable to me how common negative behaviors and toxic coworkers derail effective workplaces and create cultures that are deeply embedded and ineffective to meet new challenges and opportunities. The techniques described in this essay are relatively simple methods that, if applied rigorously and widely, can have a significant impact on changing behavior and forging a more deeply embedded corporate culture.
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