April Meeting: AGILE, NEUROSCIENCE & LEADERSHIP – based on David Rock’s SCARF Model

When: Wednesday April 22, 2015

Where: Burlington, MA

Who: Pat Arcady


The 2013 Shift Report from the Deloitte Center for the Edge which studies productivity at work, documents the following:

  • Only 1 in 5 employees is fully engaged
  • 75% employees lack motivation and passion
  • Only 15% of all teams are able to realize their full potential

Say whaaat??? Do you look forward to going to work each day? Are you a business leader or manager struggling with how to improve productivity?

David Rock’s SCARF model (Your Brain At Work) is based on the new brain research that seeks to understand what engages knowledge workers and serves productivity and happiness at work. The findings align with agile practices and speak to the “whys” behind many agile practices.  When I share this work with executives and managers, they get excited about their “aha’s” that emerge.  The SCARF models can help you, as a business leader, deepen your understanding for both why and how to rethink policies and company culture to better align with the core of business agility so as to deliver value to clients faster. If you want to understand more about why agile works and discover ways to apply agile to other departments as well as IT, this is an evening for you.


Pat ArcadyPAT ARCADY is an Agile and Executive Coach with FreeStanding Agility. She coaches leaders and teams in strategies to increase employee engagement, team alignment, and collaboration.  Her work integrates core principles from three key knowledge areas: the agile movement, conflict resolution and mediation, and the new brain research.  Pat’s professional mission is to guide teams and leaders in creating dynamic work places where people are engaged, productive, and innovative.

Pat earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Memphis in Tennessee, an MS from Miami of Ohio, and a BA from Marian University in Indianapolis, IN.  She has completed three years of NVC Mediation training, in addition to the 33-hour Dispute Resolution training at the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Cambridge, MA.  Pat is also a licensed consultant for The Results Accelerator ™.


NUANCE CORPORATION, 1 Wayside Road Burlington, MA 01803


0600PM Doors Open
0630PM Agile Manifesto principles: examination & dialogue
0700PM Food & beverage break
0820PM Raffle