Cultivating Collaboration: Don't Be So Defensive! | Jim Tamm | TEDxSantaCruz cover image

Cultivating Collaboration: Don't Be So Defensive! | Jim Tamm | TEDxSantaCruz

Overcoming the greatest barrier to collaboration and our ability to solve problems by managing individual defensiveness brought on fears of vulnerability.

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Collaboration
Friction Reduction
Psychological Safety

Summary

Based on years of experience and research studying collaborative behavior and productivity in chickens, Jim Tamm explains that defensiveness is the single greatest inhibitor to true collaboration. Defensiveness, he explains, does not protect us from other people, but instead defends us from fears we don't want to feel - usually brought on by fears of lack of significance, competence or likability. Collaboration stops and we initiate aggressive behavior.