What you will learn:

History has shown us that time and time again, smart people may make not-so-smart decisions when they come together as a group. Dynamics such as group think, confirmation bias, and the Abilene Paradox prevent groups from effectively operating. In this workshop, we will explore group dynamics, how to foster healthy dissent in your team, and learn techniques to ensure optimal group decision-making, prioritization, and speaking up. This workshop will be exercise-based and require a (short) pre-reading.

About the instructor:

Rachel Pacheco, PhD is an award winning author, start-up advisor, and faculty member at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Rachel is deeply passionate about ensuring that leaders, executives, and managers have the practical tools required to build thriving teams and develop inclusive and resilient cultures.  A former Chief People Officer, Rachel serves on the board of directors, and board of advisors for numerous start-ups and high growth organizations primarily in the digital health space.  Her first book, Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers, focuses on translating academic research and data into immediately useable tools for practitioners in fast-growing startup environments. Rachel’s second book, currently underway, explores how managers bring meaning, authenticity, and their own self-discovery into the workplace.

Prior to her role at Georgetown, Rachel was on the faculty of the Management Department at the Wharton School, and was a founding faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Education Program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. 

She received her BS in Mathematics from Georgetown University and her MBA, MPhil and PhD in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Michael and their son, Benji.
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Suggested Length:90 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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