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The Science of Managing Transitions During Crisis

Scott Crabtree  (Chief Happiness Officer, Happy Brain Science)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Leadership

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Learn the science of more effectively managing transitions, especially during a crisis (or three). Changes happen quickly in the world, but transitions happen more slowly inside people. This session will help you lead yourself and others through those transitions, so you can make the most of change.

We will explore:

1) All three phases of transitions, even though most of us only are aware of two of them
2) Why optimism during a crisis is essential but risky
3) Practical tools and techniques that will help you help your people boost their well-being, so they can be as innovative and productive as possible

Be ready for the next big change or crisis; come learn and apply the science that can help you turn crisis into opportunity.


You will learn the difference between change and transition, and how to handle transitions effectively.

You will learn all 3 stages of transition, even though most of us only acknowledge 2 of them.

You will learn multiple concrete actions to improve how big changes are handled at your organization.

Intended Audience

Helpful to anyone experiencing any change, this session will be especially helpful to those leading others in game development.