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How to Improve Performance? Meet Former McKinsey Consutants Gaurav Bhatnagar and Mark Minukas authors of "Unfear" :

By Angel Venture Fair (other events)

Friday, August 5 2022 12:00 PM 1:00 PM EST

 Two top experts on high-performing organizations show you how to reframe your—and your employees’—relationship with fear and anxiety to create a learning culture of engaged workers at the top of their game.Fear and uncertainty have been undermining performance and well-being in the workplace for as long as we have had workplaces. Here’s a little-known fact of business: mismanaged fear is responsible for almost all of the dysfunction that most organizations experience. While fear can drive short-term results, it does so at the cost of high employee burnout and turnover. It also undermines long-term business performance. But we can’t eradicate it entirely; it is inherent to the human condition. Winning organizations aren’t fear-free; they know how to reframe fear into opportunities for learning and growth. They create resilient cultures of unfear.In this timely and essential guide, McKinsey alumni Gaurav Bhatnagar and Mark Minukas show leaders:

  • The impact of fear, its biological underpinnings, and the archetypes through which it is expressed as patterns of behavior in organizations
  • The strategies, techniques, and actions to bring about an unfear transformation
  • The process begins with yourself—how to become an unfear individual
  • Transformation doesn’t start with systems and structures but with mindsets and behavior—how to build unfear teams
  • Employee well-being leads to high performance for your business—how to build unfear organizations


Gaurav Bhatnagar, based in Stamford CT, is the founder of Co-Creation Partners and has dedicated more than two decades to helping organizations thrive and achieve breakthrough performance. Since founding Co-Creation Partners in 2010, he has designed and led programs and workshops for private, public, and social-sector clients across multiple industries, including financial services, basic materials, manufacturing, health care, and technology. Prior to founding Co-Creation he was a consultant with McKinsey and Co., most recently as a leader in their Organization Practice as a leader. Before McKinsey, he worked in marketing in Pepsi Cola and Procter and Gamble in Europe, Middle East and India.

Mark Minukas, based in Washington DC, is the managing partner of Co-Creation Partners. An engineer by training, he began his career as a Navy officer and member of the US Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees) and the Navy Dive Community. In 2005, he brought his experience and insights on human and organizational factors in engineered systems to McKinsey and Company, where he worked as a consultant and member of the Operations Practice. There, he mastered the technical aspect of organizational transformation and process improvement, as well as the cultural side of transformation. Since leaving McKinsey to join Co-Creation Partners, Mark has worked across multiple industries, including financial services, technology, manufacturing, IT services, and governmental offices, to deliver both top- and bottom-line improvements and build high-performing operations.