The Neuroscience of Change

Smith School of Business

How long?

  • 1 day
  • online

Smith School of Business


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Who should attend

This program is designed for senior executive and mid-level managers.

About the course

Everyday around the world, well-intentioned leaders unknowingly push their team in the wrong direction.

When managing others, every action we take brings has the potential to trigger a wide range of potential psychological and social threats. All too easily, your goal of driving motivation and urgency can manifest as fear, self-doubt and avoidance in your most promising team members.

Thankfully, neuroscience provides us with a map to understand the psychological threat response along with methods to ensure our behaviours inspire the emotion and actions we desire.

This 3-hour online program uses the SCARF model to distill the science of self-development into practical strategies any manager can use to bring out the best in others.

In this program you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of threatening and rewarding reactions to employee behaviour
  • Acquire best practices to change the culture of your organization
  • Learn how to lead yourself and others from a positive rewards mentality rather than a punitive state which actually diminishes one's potential

Personal Benefits

  • Learn how to spot threats early to avoid psychological and social stress within your team
  • Improve your ability to drive productivity, by eliminating de-motivational leadership behaviours
  • Practice self-reflection to understand the source of your own emotions in order to better manage your own response to potentially stressful stimuli

Organizational Benefits

  • Promote equality and comradery, while dismantling out-groups through proper leverage of the SCARF model
  • Increased productivity, engagement, and satisfaction through the appreciation of the unique qualities of all team members
  • Improved organizational culture through the creation of true personal connections and reduced emotional stress

Program content:

Through a combination of live online instruction, group discussion and personal assessment exercises, you will learn:

  • Learn the SCARF model (Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness) and how it relates to more effectively leading within the organization
  • Learn the warning signs of psychological and social threats, allowing you to spot issues early and avoid unintended negative consequences
  • Explore strategies to dismantle out-groups and promote camradery amongst all team members
  • Practice methods of self-reflection to understand yourself and the source of your emotions
  • Learn ways to recognize your own emotional response and methods of better managing them during periods of stress
  • Discover proven strategies to leverage the science of threat vs reward in order to change the culture of your organization

Continued Access to Online Materials

Assessment and online course that can be accessed for 30 days upon completion of the curriculum.


Joan Graci

As President and CEO of APA Solutions, a human capital consulting firm, Joan has made it her mission to bridge the communication gap between leadership and the people they employ by disrupting human capital norms. She has successfully applied the data and research from her three decades in the re...

Erikson Neilans

Erikson Neilans received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He specialized in sensory perception and the impact on decision making. Currently, he is researching and providing his expertise in neuroscience to organizational development of human ca...

The Neuroscience of Change at Smith School of Business

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