Nexus Science in practice focuses 90% on the active participation of the participants. The following are a few examples of what is included in the training along with a brief description. More in depth descriptions can be found in our articles.
Based on the 2014 study by Sigal Barsade and Olivia A. O’Neill regarding “love” in the workplace, the Yield Method has developed a module which promotes and helps create a culture of companionate love within you group and organization. The process is varied but the Yield Method helps by providing tools and methods for developing positive emotional contagion, empathy and concern over indifference and institutionalizing / implementing language and processes that help to build and sustain this concept.
Using a large variety of theater-based games and connection activities we bring an element of fun, social bonding and play to our trainings. These games work to reveal where the connection is lacking and how we can think more in terms of constantly building and supporting the connection between us.
Learning how to open up a dialogue between each other in order to discover the power of discussion. Often times we think we have communicated ourselves well to others but in truth, we only think and assume that the other party should have interpreted our “meaning” rather than accepting the responsibility that dialogue must be an active process between both the speaker and the listener.
Where listening and being non-judgmental is some of the most powerful ways we can engage with another person. Generally, we don’t listen but rather simply wait for our turn to talk. Empathy training helps us to become better friends by learning how to really listen, not only to the words but to the feelings of others.
Group Affect is a phenomenon of which Nexus Science engages with as we see the results of how we are influenced by each other in both positive and negative ways.
Through a series of mock situations and real conversational exchanges we explore the patterns of speech we have developed over the years and how they affect what we say and what we hear from others. Playing off the psychological theories developed by Marshal Rosenberg we learn that the language we use with each other is powerful and often unintentionally violent and can illicit unwanted reactions.
Various and differing bonding exercises can be effective here from trust and team-building type games to simply sharing a meal or drinks together. We generally work with a coordinator from your group to determine what types of activities are most suitable based on the type and focus of the training. The intention here is to warm up the group and get everyone feeling close, comfortable and connected with each other.
Labs are round table discussions and they are central to Nexus Science and our trainings. We do a lot of work here in this controlled environment where people have the opportunity to listen and be heard, express their feelings and opinions without fear of judgement or interruption and to find common solutions and common ground within the group dynamic.
Participants are given an opportunity to build understanding and empathy between themselves through the sharing of a simple, personal story that is pertinent to the focus of the training. Often we are too aware of the differences between us. Hearing a relatable story has the potential to refocus us on all that which we share in common. This is very effective in groups where cultural and other differences are very obvious and the gap needs to be bridged.