Tanya Tarr is founder of Cultivated Insights, a corporate learning and development company that helps organizations build high-trust, high-performing teams. Her clients range from large global corporations to small- and medium-size businesses across the world.
Tanya is a regular contributor to Forbes, where she writes about leadership, negotiation and equal pay. Over the years, she's interviewed more than 200 CEOs, executives and women leaders making a positive impact in their industries. Tanya is ranked as the #24 most influential voice on Twitter on gender equality and diversity, according to Onalytica. She is also founder of the Cultivated School, which offers on-going virtual workshops to entrepreneurs and careerists on the art and practice of negotiation. Her students hail from India, Nigeria, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. To date, 700+ people have participated in her workshops.
Tanya previously worked for 17 years on political and legislative campaigns across the United States, helping public service employees stand up for themselves and their communities. She also worked with military families and in counter-intelligence and national defense. Tanya has a master of science in performance measurement and analytics from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a certified master trainer by the Center for Effective Performance and is a certified coach via the State University of New York, Purchase.
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Strong Brains, Strong Teams: Why High-Performing Teams Sweat, Swear & Sing Together
Ever wonder how people build working relationships where the team operated with a sort of mind-meld? They finish each other’s sentences, or move in a supportive unison or even like coming to work every day?
Turns out, there's some really interesting brain science and ancient anthropology that explains why certain shared experiences create magical things called mirror neurons. Scientists believe that those neurons form the basis for empathy, which sets the stage for creating high-trust, high-performing teams.
But a lot of these shared experiences happen while sharing physical space. So how do we find ways to intentionally create similar conditions virtually so that we can build the types of inclusive, vibrant and health online cultures we need to be prepared for the future of work? We'll explore this and more. Be aware: Tanya might make you sing (but there's a scientific reason for it!)
Intro to mirror neurons
How our ancestors built trust and why we have to pay attention to it
How this relates to a modern, virtual work environment
Tactics you can explore and repeat with your team to build trust in a virtual work environment