ZEN is a state of calm attentiveness in which ones actions are guided by intuitive thought rather than by conscious effort. There is something quite magical about seeing a team of swimmers in a pool synchronise their body movements to music. Or a group of dancers, flawlessly move on stage as if they were one person, rather than many (just think of
Riverdance ). But it isn’t just their bodies that are working together. It is their minds too.
Zen teams are on the same wavelength
Many of us have probably experienced some kind of synchronised thinking with another person before. An ability to finish someone else’s sentences before they do. To see eye to eye on new ideas. All quite useful when you are trying to team build. Form a successful relationship with a colleague or client. Collaborate. But is “being on the same wavelength” just something that people say in passing? Is there more to it than just hearsay?
Synchronising your brain waves- getting into ZEN
A recent study just out from researchers at New York University, and published in the journal Current Biology, which explores the concept of “synchronized thinking”. And they found that being on the same wavelength as someone else actually has some biological truth to it. What’s more, you can see it happening in real time in the brain. The researchers used mobile EEG – a form of portable brain imaging – to simultaneously measure the brain waves from a group of people (12 to be precise) in a real world setting, whilst they were working together on a shared task (See Diagram 1).
What that meant was that they were able to synchronise everyone’s brain waves according to what was going on around them, the task they were working on. And by doing this they could then see how the neural activity across the group of people related to each other. Whether they were thinking “on the same wavelength”.
And guess what? They were. Their brain waves lined up. And, although the study was done in a high school classroom, the insights are relevant to a broader audience. To any situation where people are working together on a shared task.
We want in any team to be able to baseline the level of ZEN in the team against which improvement can be measured over time to achieve our best. To do this, we have employed our Oscar-AI™ technology to measure the synchronised thinking(ZEN) of the team.(See Diagram 2).
Alpha brain waves and the corresponding colour (light waves) allow us to quickly and efficiently measure the alignment of individuals ZEN. We are then able to compare the team and leader for alignment. You can see and complete the test at: Contact us for Link to Zen Test.
ZEN teams basic building block is mental resilience. The degree to which a team is able to improve it’s ZEN will be impacted by the individuals mental resilience levels. This is also checked and reported using the same ZEN test.
Monitoring should occur on a regular basis (every 3 months) as our personal and work circumstances are constantly changing as are our needs to respond.
In addition to individual team members receiving their resilience and behavioural action reports immediately via email, team leaders will receive a team cohesion (ZEN - on the same wave length) report together with in depth communication requirements of each team member so as to improve collaboration with the team leader and other team members.