Change Management: tips from wild animal trainers
In How I put my husband through the hoops Amy Sutherland writing in G2 for the UK Guardian describes how she used tricks trainers use on wild animals such as dolphins, elephants and african crested cranes to modify her husbands behavior!
Amy also learned the true meaning of the animal trainers motto:
"It is never the animals fault"
These animal change management tricks include:
- rewarding new positive behavior and simply ignoring old negative behavior
- "approximations" where you create and reward interim steps to a larger behavior change
- least reinforcing syndrome (LRS) where you avoid any response whatsovever to unhelpful behaviors
- "incompatible behaviors" where instead of trying to stop a negative behavior you replace it with a different (positive) behavior
All of these techniques can be helpful in nurturing a traditional team into a bioteam.
Tags: change management
Bioteams Books Reviews
If you think that there is not much human teams can learn from nature think again! Temple Grandin in her amazing book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (p303-307) puts forward the incredible theory that early humans only became today’s successful homo sapiens because they learned to act and think like the wolves they co-habited with.