Challenging Mental Models - Matt Roadnight & Adrian Pancucci

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 18:30
Agile Coaching Exchange

Systems Thinking Series #3 - Challenging Mental Models

This is the third in our series of Systems Thinking Talks, this session explores Mental Models.  Peter Senge, the author of the 5th discipline, outlines four disciplines that are needed to carry out effective Systems Thinking ... Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Shared Vision and Team Learning.  These are required for organisations to become learning organisations, where collective intelligence is greater than individual intelligence.

This session is brought to you by Matt Roadnight (Agile Coach and Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer) and Adrian Pancucci (Organisational and Relationship Systems (ORSC) Certifed Trainer & ICF Professional Certified Coach).  Last time Adrian and Matt got together at the Scrum Gathering in Munich we set pulses racing ... "by the way, that's what my pulse did during the exercise!"

This will be an experiential session, you will be interacting and exploring mental models with the other attendees.  Adrian and I will introduce you to the concepts of Mental Models, we will also explore other aspects of your character to help you recognise what can happen when your Mental Models are challenged and the impact that can have.  You will leave with a much greater understanding of what is going on in your organisations and be able to recognise your own and other's behaviours.  Enabling you to act in order to achieve greater collaboration and support organisational learning.

A bit more on Mental Models

Mental models are deeply ingrained assumptions, generalisations, or even pictures or images that influence how we understand the world and how we take action. Very often, we are not consciously aware of our mental models or the effects they have on our behaviour.

Re-framing these models can be hugely disruptive for people, finding out a belief they held no longer serves them.  As this can be a painful experience we are well versed in creating defensive routines that insulate our mental models from examination.  We become highly skilled at protecting ourselves individually and collectively from the pain and threat posed by learning situations.  

When the models are challenged situations can become emotionally charged, which trigger parts of our character that won't usually surface.  These traits aren't useful in building relationships, rapport, engaging in collective dialogue or carrying out team learning to enable us to leverage the collective intelligence of teams.  We can act like a bunch of kids bickering in the school playground.

About the Speakers

Matt Roadnight - Agile Coach and Scrum Trainer 

Matt is an Agile Coach with personal and systemic coach training.  He is also a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with more than 20 years broad experience gained at blue chip organisations working with teams and senior executives in areas such as systemic change, digital delivery, product management, strategy and operations.He has over 12 years of Agile delivery and change experience gained at award winning digital agency Conchango and client engagements.  Some of his clients include Ordnance Survey, Visa Europe, IG Index, Cancer Research UK, Thompson Reuters, Aviva and the BBC.
Over the last few years, his work has led him to build partnerships and relationships with industry leaders in systemic and personal coaching.  He is passionate about bringing the skills and knowledge of these deep experts to improve the effectiveness of Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters.

Adrian Pancucci - Global Change Leadership Coach,  partner at Edge Work PartnershipOrganisational and Relationship Systems (ORSC) Certifed Trainer & ICF Professional Certified Coach

Adrian’s passion is for exploring and uncovering new paradigms for human interactions. He has the curiosity and precision to recognise patterns of behaviour – and the courage to reveal and question them. Adrian challenges what we usually consider as “normal”. Adrian brings over 20 years experience and expertise in communications, adult learning and team and organisational development. He creates and facilitates change and development programmes for executives, leadership teams and senior managers, and for organisation-wide transformation and culture change initiatives.

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