Module 6: The SCARF Model 

Brain-Based Model for Collaboration & Influence in a Virtual World.
Organisations who are succeeding in the new virtual world recognize there’s no easy way to replace face-to-face collaboration – but more significantly, they’re acknowledging that increased reliance on traditional virtual collaboration tools – or technology – alone – is not the solution.

An ability to influence others has always been instrumental in achieving success as an individual, be it as parents, partners, leaders within our workplaces or communities, and collaboration has always been foundational to the success of a team or group.

But now that we’ve entered a new era dominated by remote and hybrid work, there are new obstacles to consider when it comes to these skills and virtual collaboration in particular, has become one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today.

Technology such as instant messaging, video conferencing, and online planning and scheduling tools is of course important – but it’s one piece of the puzzle. There has to be a multi-pronged approach that combines technological solutions with interpersonal skill development in our new normal.

In the SCARF Model Workshop, we provide participants with actionable information and tools that they can take away and use in not just the virtual world, and not only within their in-tact team but in the wider workplace and in every aspect of life. By the end of this session participants will have a new framework they can apply with equal success in all their interactions be they in person or virtual to powerfully enhance their ability to influence and more effectively collaborate with others.

The Workshop considers evolutionary wiring and organising principles of the human brain that impact all human interactions (and often not on a conscious level) and most significantly, provides participants with an opportunity to apply an evidence based model – grounded in neuroscience and psychology – that will increase their understanding of what makes humans tick.
The SCARF model provides a framework to better understand what drives human behaviour and using this powerful framework individuals are able to better understand not only their own behaviour, thoughts and emotions, but they’re also able to apply this framework to better understand and even predict the behaviours of those around them – which has an immense impact on how effectively we connect and ultimately tap into genuine human powers of collaboration and influence.

When you learn about the ‘threat or reward’ system in the brain, and apply it to your own situation using the framework of the SCARF model, very often a ‘light bulb’ comes on. You’re able to better understand unconscious reactions, emotions, behaviours and bring them to conscious awareness in your interactions with others.

The insight enables you to formulate new strategies to overcome unconscious responses in others, and often to better understand why you may be responding in a particular way.

It’s crucial for anyone wanting to genuinely improve collaboration and influence to understand when the threat response in the brain might be triggered and how it could be avoided or minimised, and when and how a sense of reward can be created in the brain – the SCARF Model Workshop is the first step in establishing these powerful skills for individuals and within teams .