Primal Teams: Harnessing the Power of Emotions to Fuel Extraordinary Performance

  • 3h 42m
  • Jackie Barretta
  • 2015

Emotion, more than anything else, spells the difference between stellar and mediocre team performance. Fear, anger, frustration, and other negative feelings, can endanger a group's dynamic. But positive emotions have the power to transform it into a high-performance engine, where everyone operates at their peak. Their minds sharpen. They find creative solutions. They get great results. Thanks to discoveries in neuroscience and psychology, we now know that emotions operate independently from our logical minds. They can't be reasoned away. They must be dealt with directly. Drawing on the latest research, Primal Teams shows how anyone can control potentially damaging emotions, while triggering the kind of passion and energy that supercharge performance. Illustrated with compelling examples, this groundbreaking guide reveals how to: transform fear and negativity; energize primal emotional systems; activate insight and intuition; foster emotional bonds and team spirit; and, connect the team to a deeper purpose. Emotions determine whether a group works with energy and enthusiasm or just goes through the motions. With the array of insights and practical tools in this book, anyone can inspire an unprecedented level of performance.

About the Author

Jackie Barretta is a Founding Partner of Nura Group, a consulting firm dedicated to enhancing team innovation and performance. Her work with primal emotions in teams has won her widespread recognition and dozens of prestigious awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

In this Book

  • Primal Teams—Harnessing the Power of Emotions to Fuel Extraordinary Performance
  • Prologue—“Since Feeling Is First …”
  • Hidden Energy: Unleashing Maximum Potential
  • Primal Emotion: Shifting Emotions at the Source
  • The Scary Stuff: Processing Fear and Negativity
  • Emotional Contagion: Spreading Coherence in a Team
  • The Sixth Sense: Detecting Emotions
  • The Engaged Heart: Connecting to a Deeper Purpose
  • Primal IQ: Activating Insight and Intuition
  • Team Spirit: Building Emotional Bonds
  • The Balanced Culture: Restraining Runaway Egos
  • Epilogue—When the Going Gets Tough


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