Your Brain on Thanks!

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Did you know that to give thanks is to literally re-configure your brain?

Or did you know that we can teach and learn sizzling thankfulness, in spite of challenges we all face?

Imagine what we could each offer  to build a better world if we paid forward a wee grateful gesture today.

Two-footed Questions for Whole Brain Culture

Suffer from a toxic or restrictive workplace?

Ask two-footed questions to spark both sides of  brains to capitalize on hidden and unused talents!

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Read how at Switch and Shift! 

Fall Harvest – as Bounty for the Mind

If you view fall’s harvest or September’s full moon as a festive wonder, you’ll also want to spot celebrations fit for storing sustenance to use in colder, darker seasons. Or do you?

fall leavesPerhaps while caught up in the delights of fall, you fail to think much about winter.  Even so, that does not stop winter’s freeze from coming.  Nor will lack of planning now stall your need later to find food in your brain’s larder for the coming challenges of a chilly season.

Like fall’s plentiful fresh food, mental sustenance is also plentiful in certain seasons. Continue reading →

Stress Tanks Learners and Leaders

Stress sometimes seems like the new normal to people who face its fury on a daily basis.   Increasingly, anxious secondary and university students  compete for grades that  appear unfairly assigned.  At secondary peer pressure forces students to compete in unfair races for lifeline scholarships. At college, massive student loans force them to race for ill-fitted jobs that disappear like snow on a warm spring afternoon. And it’s not just celebrities who face an onslaught of tension’s wrath. In fact it’s been said depression exists in most classes.

Faculty too struggle against killer tone toxins in broken systems that  hurl deadly strikes  when least expected. Demands increase while securities and safety nets tend to fall away with political strife and a shrinking public purse.

It doesn’t have to be that way. So what then can be done within upper classes to help balance brain chemicals for more hope and less despair in teens and young adults?

It’s no surprise that gloom is highly contagious.  But have you considered strategies to facilitate the power of moods and choice?

Stress Tanks Leaners and Leaders

Stress kills

Innovative opportunities spiral into lost prospects, as seen recently in Robin William’s suicide.

Increased  sickness spikes at  alarming numbers, for those who lack serotonin strategies that win against stress attacks.

Harvard researchers show  stress as gaining ground for increasing numbers of individuals and organizations.

With depression come deadly barbs:

Health and relationships suffer most from stress. For some who looked to home as a haven to unwind – stress holds an especially harmful grip.   Research shows that a partner’s toxic personality drags deadly challenges into your health. Stressors that can even stunt recovery after illness.  Continue reading →

Dare to Risk for Change You Crave?

Dare to risk change ~ JPEGSay you find yourself working with peers who cling to obsolete turf.   Or perhaps you’re stuck in a rut with a boring routine you feel helpless to change.

In both cases you’ve likely defaulted to operating from your brain’s  basal ganglia. which can make every action you do part of the “stuck syndrome.”  What if you dared to  risk  the opposite of blaming others for change you crave from within the stuck syndrome? Continue reading →

Tone Tools for Brainier Leaders (A Survey)

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The body language of leaders’ communication, tone brings a smile of inclusion or adds a snub of rejection. It embodies the warmth of thanks, and also chills your peers with criticism.How so?

Good tone articulates problems with solutions in mind, while poor tone vents about the impossibilities.

Tone turns gunners into givers Continue reading →

What’s Your Problem?

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What question would start your day on a different path? A trek toward unusual possibilities. What trigger might lead you to drive solutions into new directions? Ask and your brain springs into gear for  solutions that tend to elude non-curious minds.

Start where you stand by asking:  

If you could lead one improvement without limits where you work, what would you change first?

Continue reading →

Find the CLEVER in Teens – The Fault in Our Stars

Teens have finally found a book THEY love!

In fact they’re devouring The Fault in our Stars in droves! The clever part is that teachers love it too!


No book on the market today is teaching teens what they want to know about empathy,friends, trust, belief, and humor – in quite the same way.

Why ignore the treasure so many are calling brilliant? Teens say it’s the only book they ever finished!  Let’s  catch this thrilling wave to begin a new discourse with our youth and young adults! Let’s showcase their brilliance and willingness to learn from this text!

No surprise. kids already flock to teachers begging them to take  up The Fault in Our Stars  in class.

And increasingly teachers admit they are already into it – or have just read it – and they speak of  literary value at the peaks. Slide1

Here are some brain based ways to capitalize on the CLEVER in our amazing teens and in John Green’s amazing bestseller – The Fault in Our Stars.

Have you read it? 

More importantly – have you talked to teens about why they are enjoying Green’s new book so much?

If not, you’ll want to read it before the highly anticipated movie rolls into theaters in June.

I’m re-reading it so that I can develop even more brain friendly tools to engage our young readers because I see endless and open conversations that interest and inspire them and the rest of us.


Boost Teacher Brainpower Past Tests

Let’s boost teacher brainpower, past tests and tribulations – so that students and schools can win on the other side of distracting disputes!


164. Secret Tips to Boost Teacher Brainpower

Secrets of a Communication Curmudgeon

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Conflicts and clashes are as common at most workplaces as black coffee on Monday morning.  If you’re looking to axe communication completely though, try ramping up curmudgeonese and then watch its magic spin.

Bickering is usually where curmudgeons nail their hottest acts. Get to water coolers early to …

1. Fire your best missiles – but then dodge surefire bullets back!  

First, spray conflicts with tone toxins. Let’s say you catch complaints about a policy that sucks in your department. Agree with loudest dissidents – then take cover quick behind the nearest bully.

Or say you overhear workers nitpicking about feeling undervalued. Jump onto a winning side, dodge bullets coming from other curmudgeons, and fire back accusations to anyone who dares to challenge your importance.

Curmudgeon rule #1 – Stay safe by simply spewing opposites of what you really mean.  Curmudgeons project their best lethal darts by dosing them with bogus gratitude about having a job at all in these tough times. Continue reading →

Your Brain on Innovation

Slide1Ever wonder why some run with passion at work, while others stick like Velcro to problems? When innovation opportunities stir, why do some dash forward with new talents, while others dash for cover?

It could be as small as reorganizing work shifts for flexibility. Or it could be bold new acquisitions that link diverse cultures. Check out a recent Webinar on this topic hosted by Australian leaders at

Good news is, the human brain comes equipped to build and sustain innovative cultures. The kind of community people crave and productivity feeds on.

Yet passion’s at an all time low in today’s workplaces? Why?

Continue reading →

You Cannot Learn to Create if …

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1. Say you can’t. The brain creates when you tell it to do something original.  Ford was right when he said: “If you say you can or you say you can’t you are right.”

2. Focus on perfect. A brain needs wiggle room to build stepping stones forward on mistakes. The Wright Brothers remind us that these steps may even become successful flights.

3. Whine over problems. To create is to look past a problem and see a possibility. It’s much the way Edison failed dozens of times and before the light bulb lit up his determination for possibilities. Continue reading →

Do Feelings Hijack Your Relationships?

Ever  notice how much easier  it is to share feelings in a safe setting?

Compare that to  reluctance you feel if expected to “show inner thoughts,”  when you’re misunderstood or feel criticized… Continue reading →

STOP Giving Before Holiday Stress …

Have you seen stress flee when gifts come without expectations?

Imagine freedom and sheer festivity flying out of every parcel under your tree.

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Relationships may have sunken from tone toxins since your last holiday celebration. Or perhaps gloom got highly contagious.  But have you considered how  gifts – can kill or kindle moods?

Given freely, gifts create serotonin strategies for festive memories that keep on givingContinue reading →

Is your IQ Stuck in Neutral?

Choose it and Use it!

Choose it and Use it!

Intelligence could have been what Ford had in mind when he said:

If you say you can or say you can’t – it’s true.”  

See your IQ as fluid or fixed and it will become just that.  Daily choices literally fuel or fail your unique multiple intelligences. How so?

Choose to ramp up personal or social intelligences and you’ll use intuition to make decisions that advance your opportunities. Opt for common sense and you’ll use keen insights to share opportunities with friends. The opposite is also true, when you choose discontentment in your own company. Or when you laugh at others yet take yourself too seriously.  It starts with a choice for a heaping dose of personal fun that only adds to a more clever you. Just as Ford implied – the brain comes equipped to grow IQ  for those who choose it and then use it… Continue reading →

Simple Questions Lead from Fear to Freedom

Fear feels like a natural response to facts brandished about without any ability to respond. If you ask a simple – What if ... question though,  fear moves into freedom that innovative change-agents enjoy!

A mental barrier to freedom, fear of failure’s understandable when you think about it. Salacious front-liners  about why you should fear the current economy  threaten to rip off your future career hopes.  No wonder a brain’s ethical values become crippled by fearful responses. 

A simple question such as What if I did something different today to impact where I can move tomorrow - can chase fear away.  Questions set the stage for brain based tactics that reboot brainpower and add innovation.

Fear comes with peril that  shuts  down learning like a tsunami takes out entire towns. Harvard Director of Risk Communication, David Ropeik, showed how brains are hard-wired to fear first, and reflect second. Have you experienced a question that offered new directions?

One simple question can move you away from anger over problems into a new tone that leads toward possibilities.  Fortunately the brain comes with capabilities such as tone tactics for tough times,  that help to create freedom from fearful events. You can learn to look fear in the eye, and when you do so, you often face it’s toothless bite. Your amygdala offers you tools to react to fear with freedom.

The key is to act, rather than settle for fear … Continue reading →

Power of a Brain on Play

Most people would rather be anywhere but at work.  The US consistently falls behind other developed nations in innovative advances. Play is rarely an option for workplace progress.

See any relationship between these three realities?

Or have you considered the power of a brain on play?

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We put in more hours with more demands and accept more stressors, in ways that limit or flat out halt productivity.  We grind talent to a halt, learn to live with corruption in our leaders, and often lack skills to move much of anything beyond gridlock or personal gains.

I like to think of play as a castle

Each tower represents talent, potential and capabilities. When they sit empty your abilities idle. The opposite is also true. Continue reading →

Will it be Gridlock or Greatness? Answers May Surprise!

How does the brain move from gridlock to greatness?

What do you think? …

Deeply indebted to innovative leaders like Ted Coine , Shawn Murphy and all, over at Switch and Shift League of Extraordinary Thinkers.

To leaders everywhere – the pressing question remains …


Will it be Gridlock or Greatness? The Brain Decides …


Prepare Leaders for Mind Drivers Past Gridlock

What if  you engaged opposing views as if you supported these  before you address an opinionated view?

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Why Follow Directions with Whole Brain?

Read directions with left brain tasks.  Follow through with right brain actions! Expect winning results!

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It’s as simple as reading it with an idea to roll it out!

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