Jill Saville and Lene Pedersen led an interactive session based on David Rock’s “scarf” model of the 5 social needs of the brain.
Lene began with a poll question to see what the participants had felt or experienced during the lockdown. The top two answers were a lack of control and being unsure of what is going to happen.
Jill then explained that “scarf” stands for status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness and these 5 things are primary needs which our brains react to in the same way as a threat to our survival. This model shows how our brain’s response to any given situation causes us to be anxious, sad or distressed. This knowledge in turn allows us to find another way of thinking about the situation. Also, if we are leading teams, the model helps us to be aware of what others may be experiencing.
In the first breakout room session, people were able to discuss in small, private groups what they had heard and share their ideas of which ‘threats’ they had experienced over the last few weeks, for themselves or in others.
The main thoughts that came out of the groups were: moving to 80% working (status), job and future unclear (certainty), being micromanaged and unable to choose to go out (autonomy), feeling isolated (relatedness), and the fact that the rules introduced could affect people in different ways (fairness).
Lene then outlined the reward side of the scarf model and explained that as moving towards something positive is less powerful in the brain that moving away from a threat, the reward side needs to be worked on. As an example, if you are feeling isolated from people–a threat response in the area of relatedness–then you can contact friends and families virtually which will give a positive reward to the brain.
Lene also mentioned Stephen Covey’s “circles of influence & control” which can help people to feel more in control.
The second breakout session followed and people were asked to think of possible rewards in the 5 areas of scarf–what had they found useful to overcome stress? After pulling the thoughts together there were some top tips for people to takeaway, in particular trust your people and trust yourself! You are all doing the best you can.
We invite you to join us for a day of community celebration as we commemorate the coronation of HM King Charles III. Guests can look forward to a screening of the coronation, delicious food and drink stands, and fun-filled activities for the entire family. Come and be a part of this historic moment and enjoy a day filled with fun and excitement hosted by the British communities of Luxembourg. This will take place on 06 May from 11:00 - 15:00 at St. George's International School, 11 Rue des Peupliers, Luxembourg. Please register here: https://bit.ly/CoronationLuxembourg.
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In recognition of International Women’s Day, on Tuesday 8 March 2023, the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) People and Leadership Group, in collaboration with The NETWORK, held an in-person evening event at the offices of ATOZ in Luxembourg’s Aerocenter. This event was an opportunity to hear the story of one of Luxembourg’s most inspirational women: Erna Hennicot-Schoepges. What do Luxembourg’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmony, the University, and the Rockhal have in common? The answer is: Erna Hennicot-Schoepges. She kept the audience spellbound with her recollections of how she started out in life as a professional pianist, moving into politics in the 1970s, and navigated a stellar political career, while being a mother of three children.