May 2nd - 6th, 2022

Adam Weisbart

Surviving Backdraft

Each year, highly trained firefighters die due to backdraft.

When a fire burns out all the oxygen in a sealed room, the situation becomes a ticking time bomb.

When the door to one of these smoldering rooms is opened, air suddenly floods in, giving the remaining fuel the oxygen it needs to violently explode.

As agilists, we aim to help our teams and organizations uncover dysfunction. We help breathe new life into areas that have been neglected or ignored for years. But, just as adding oxygen to a smoldering room can be a life-threatening experience, shedding light on dysfunction within a team or organization can lead to reactions ranging from discomfort to violent opposition.

In this session you'll learn mindfulness techniques you can use immediately to help deal with  uncomfortable feelings that can arise from helping take care of your team and organization (a.ka. "internal backdraft"), and  negative reactions by the organization or individuals that can crush an agile initiative (external backdraft).

We'll leverage the work of Dr. Kristin Neff (one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion) and clinical psychologist Dr. Chris Germer to help us deal with the discomfort that can arise due to backdraft, along with Adam's own techniques for helping surface and highlight organizational dysfunction.

This session has been newly updated for 2022 to include even more tools you can use to help build resilience within yourself during these trying times.

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