A focus on brain-friendly learning where we create learning environments conducive to remembering and applying what we’ve learned back in the workplace.
The 21st century leader is you and I, is anyone who belongs to an organisation and has a deep seated desire to be a part of its success. The 21st century leader is a Neuroleader, one who wants to understand why she does what she does, what’s happening in the brain to create this and, moreover, what strategies exist to change what’s not working for them.
Being a resilient leader starts with applying the oxygen mask analogy that before we can help others we need to look after ourselves. Resilient people tend to be more positive, have flexibility in thinking, are able to get their emotions under control quickly and have developed the mental agility to naturally focus on the benefits of a change.
Let me start by getting you thinking with a little puzzle. A bat and ball together cost $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? Did you arrive at 10c? Then you’re a fast thinker. Answer to the puzzle at the end of this article. If only I […]
The typical manager spends 30-50% of his or her time dealing with workplace conflict (IML Australia). This equates to around 20 hours a week (and we don’t know if it’s being handled well or not), so if conflict is inevitable, what can we do to understand it better and make it as productive as possible? […]
Our brain is like Velcro for bad news and Teflon for good. From evolution, we are programmed to default to the negative and we need to be mindful of this tendency and choose to balance the mix. We can do so by consciously savouring positive experiences and seeking out feelgood stories and films which help us to produce dopamine and serotonin, our happy hormones.
From a work perspective, a ‘psychologically safe’ workplace is defined as ‘a climate of interpersonal trust and mutual respect in which people feel comfortable being themselves to make mistakes or take risks in their work’. These are essential conditions for creativity and innovation to thrive, for people to learn and grow (develop a Growth Mindset) and to feel comfortable working fully to their strengths.
When we are asked by someone if we would like feedback, our brains default to the negative and assume it’s going to be critical (the real translation of ‘constructive’). Our defence mechanisms kick into action and our limbic emotional brain presumes the worst leaving us in no position to objectively evaluate and process what is being said.
This is an article I wrote for www.thecreativepenn.com Every day we hear of new strategies for writing faster or book marketing, we learn of a new tool that could help our author business, or we listen to a podcast that gives us more ideas. The To Do list doesn’t ever get shorter, and the world […]
When we listen to stories we are transported, not just because we are in a different state of brainwave, but because we are using a different brain network called the default narrative network which takes us into mind wandering, imagination and possibility. We each interpret the story in our own unique way and therefore own it and its message.
Mind Full or Mindful? Creating the Gift of Presence As the clocks tick towards the end of 2016 and the beginning of the new year, we often find ourselves getting wound up (pardon the pun) when we are trying to wind down. There are so many things on our to-do list and all are competing […]
Our ability to maintain focus and attention relies on our ability to manage our thinking and look after our brain. It’s time to move from working harder to working smarter and pay attention or pay for a lack of it.
Unconscious bias seems to be getting a lot of airplay these days in the field of diversity and inclusion. So just what is unconscious bias, can we eliminate it and if not, what can we do to mitigate it?
Often when I speak or run development programmes I’m asked what books I might recommend – therein lies many a possibility! Reading professional development books is my most important strategy to keep up to date and this is especially true of the field of neuroscience which is constantly updating and evolving. Below is a selection […]
We often think about engagement as something organisations need to do to retain staff and encourage discretionary effort, but what happens when the individual is already at maximum contribution yet is not feeling satisfied with work? Is this individual disengaged or just too tired to care? In many of the organisations we are working with, […]
I had an interesting experience a few days ago. Last month I submitted a carefully crafted application to take part in an event that had the potential to accelerate my career in an area I am keen to develop. I was feeling optimistic, hopeful and somewhat confident. Yesterday I received notice that I had not […]
Our aim with this article is to share with you our experience combined with the latest findings from neuroscience about what we can predict about behavioural responses to change and how we can plan to minimise the perceived threat to people. Whilst we aim to keep it brief we also want it to be of […]
I was introduced to Mark last year via my partnership with the About My Brain Institute and when he sent his most recent blog it really resonated with me so I asked Mark if I could post this as our first guest blog. Mark’s website is http://uk.thoughtleadersglobal.com/ – enjoy. I arrived at the end of 2015 on […]
It’s Friday, many people in the workplace might feel like they’ve been swimming through treacle since returning back after Christmas and they are having an extra-large dose of that TGIF (or stronger!) feeling. It’s all too easy when we are busy to rush through the day in the hope that we’ll get somewhere near the […]
Understanding your Brain on Stress How many of us are worrying about organising Christmas, stressing about finishing off our workloads to allow us to have a restful break,and at the same time, fretting about the state of the world and anticipating all manner of future concerns? Contrast this with Santa’s reindeer who are probably busily […]