Games are the most elevated forms of investigation, according to Einstein. So too are active projects, most young adults agree!
Discover how brain chemicals, life experiences and genetics play key roles in learning choices and outcomes! See how your brain transforms barriers into benefits and wiggles problems into possibilities.
Build a brain based culture one game or active task at a time in any topic you teach, and you’ll also connect student strengths to lesson targets.
Engage all learners in fun adventures daily that stir curiosity, target brain facts, expect quality outcomes, move multiple intelligences into action and reflect on gaming or project possibilities forward.
Have you seen discovery leap or dance with teens or young adults?
Celebrate women’s history month by supporting gals past and present!
Let’s look actively at cognitive differences…
What gems can we each teach and learn from the opposite gender?
Imagine a day that values women and men as they each deserve!
Problems today typically trigger denial from business owners and an increasing number of lawsuits from clients.
No wonder business grinds to a halt for so many upstarts – yet it doesn’t have to be that way. Just as I teach leadership MBA students, and as we see and experience excellence at Allstate Roofing and More – it’s clear how several parts of the brain drive successful skills at work.
Ever report a leak in a new roof, for instance? If so, imagine the roofer who takes full responsibility, offers a brilliant solution, and resolves your problem promptly as if you were a close friend or relative. Innovation at the peaks!
I like to think that problems merely point to humans at work, yet few disagree that rare solutions from skilled leaders – open the door to genius possibilities. How so?
Recently, I encountered an unexpected leak after Allstate Roofing and More LLC installed a new roof. Too little prior insulation caused unexpected leaks after record ice build up this month. Allstate Roofers sent out a dream team to assess the ice damage, removed ice from the gutters, and then they increased insulation to prevent further leaks from springing.
They could have denied any problem, hid behind auto-phone-systems, or blamed somebody else. Have you seen it?
Instead, Allstate Roofers modeled especially well how brain chemicals, experiences, and genetics all play key roles in successful business choices. Did you know that brains grow and change daily – through simple choices we make at work.
Allstate Roofing and More illustrate six brain functions in choices they make for IQ that transforms barriers into benefits, and alters problems into possibilities.
Do any mental approaches above resemble brain based skills in your firm? At Allstate, problems seem to shine a light on their dream team skills that follow with unique integrity and resolutions! What choices will bring brilliance on-board where you work today?
Happy Valentine Blog Hop 2015!
It was 7th grade in a Nova Scotia country school and he was far too clever and cute for my gangly personality or clunky communication skills. So when Jeffrey shoved a small box into my hand – with the words, “Wanna be on my debate team, cause I think we could win?” I sat stunned and said nothing back.
A friend came over while kids exchanged Valentine cut-outs – took the box from my hand, opened it and gushed over the red glass lady bug with multi-colored gems.
Over that school year – as the glass gems dropped one-by-one from my Valentine treasure, I caught the value of great questions across differences. We won that debate and many more.
More importantly, Jeffrey’s confidence caught my lack of coolness off-guard, and left me growing debate skills that won points with people far smarter than me.
That’s when I first saw new opportunities for critical thinking questions that foster action in new directions to benefit all.
My students love to turn personal feeling into valentine questions. And we all enjoy advancing critical thought in fun ways. Their questions are two footed in that one foot probes the content or idea and the other foot catches the interest of the person asked.
Foot one – “Wanna be on my debate team…?
Foot two – “… cause I think we could win (together).
We create a Valentine Bulletin Board – where each heart displays a two – footed question to a person who expects it least. Then we carry out cool actions asked and share how critical thinking relates especially well to real life beyond class.
In addition to bulletin boards, popular Valentine’s Day activities include:
Teens and young adults love to learn the skills that allow them to disagree while building goodwill among those who differ.
Opposing view essays on sizzling issues work well to help us all celebrate Black History month!
What will you do to help teens and young adults lead us into wider spaces that benefit all?
Use parts of the brain never before used to accomplish things never before accomplished!
Too many teens and young adults feel alone and lonely in February’s dark days. It does not have to be that way – as they all come brimming over with personal feelings that could double as brilliant benefits for all!
How will you transform what you feel to improve what you accomplish today?
Teens and young adult care deeply about this problem – and they enjoy teaming with black leaders to navigate possibilities together that we may otherwise miss.
Black History Month seems like a perfect opportunity for black leaders and young learners to pull together in a new direction of prosperity that can teach us all.
In mindful or brain based cultures we use parts of the brain never before used to accomplish things never before accomplished. Let’s step into black history month mindfully together!
Can stoke aha moments when needed most.
Lowers harmful stress – even through a fake smile
Adds new zest for life!
Heals anxieties and fears.
Improves health and resilience!
Helps you to conquer grief or trauma and to overcome loss.
When barely a teen, I had the shocking experience of landing out on the streets – completely on my own at 14. When my mother died of cancer I needed desperately a lofty dream to follow – simply for mental survival, in a sea of challenges. Ridiculous as it seems, I asked myself first, How can I stay on the honor roll so I can win a scholarship to college? At the juncture where challenge meets opportunity, dreams are either won or lost.
Along the way though, I was surprised by a lack awareness that many hold about a dream’s power for teens and young adults. Even as I struggled to make it through endless difficulties as a teen without family, I often wondered what prompts some people to hitch their wagons to a star. Equally riveting was the question, why did others, with more obvious promise than a skinny kid out on the street – fail to spot, chase or engage a compelling dream? Continue reading →
If given a choice, who wouldn’t choose exciting adventures over boredom, fun over tedium, and games over facts memorized for a never-before-seen test?
But what if you discovered the human brain can move you from bored behavior to brilliant outcomes? Through games that leave you laughing, challenged and ready for more?
What if you could alter what you do, to do what you’d enjoy most?
And what if that shift rewired your brain and others to build an enviable culture? A culture where brainy settings became a daily peak of innovative tools and moving parts that keep brainpower alive in ways that offer you tangible rewards?
Here’s a baseball game, for instance, that teaches grammar with fun. Or how about a jeopardy-like game that teaches brain parts to help you work more with your brain than against it. In Einstein’s words:
Games are the highest form of investigation.
Have you considered gaming to enhance mental adventures?
~ Bullies learn to build better.
~ Builders learn to survive bullies better.
How do you help bullies and builders to work together?
Brainy Gifts to Friends for Free
For teachers and teens who crave more mental zip, yet find themselves exhausted by holiday extras they can’t afford, the idea of fun free gifts is priceless.
Rather than ride Grinch trains along tired tracks, students love to ring in holidays with lasting takeaways in bright packages. Gifts they create in class for free – offer brainy benefits well beyond school. How so?
Brains strengthen neuron pathways with each act of creating so givers benefit too. While newly discovered neuro facts add free fun to festivities, students’ unique capabilities grace their creations.
Holiday Giving Boosts Brainpower
First, students open personal pools of intrapersonal IQ to ensure their most confident, courageous, ready-to-roll genius.
When they are ready to wrap priceless gifts for game-changer holiday takeaways students then choose from the following gifts, to ~
- Novel looks. Support somebody’s new idea and watch holiday gloom re-shape into a sparkling new view. Truth is, gloomy minds default back to disappointing routines. What if you show 3 people how their talents are holiday gifts?
- Laughter drugs. Humor changes the chemistry of brains by amping up serotonin drugs. Dangerous cortisol chemicals fade into holiday hilarity. What if you asked one person to recount a comical personal story?
- Musical alterations. Singing together rebuilds trust so that differences emerge as gifts. Pelle Ahlerup, U of Gothenburg showed how singing together adds oxytocin, the trust chemical. What if you gathered a few friends to sing holiday tunes together in a senior’s home?
- Tools to tame tigers. When frustrations are fueled by disappointments, holiday magic dies. Tame the brain’s amygdala and moods lighten into jovial expectations. What if you invite one busy friend to help you plan a cheery surprise for somebody with less to look forward to this holiday?
- Finer views. Look at any celebration through another’s eyes, and you’ll open new neuron pathways to cheer. What if you listened to a friend’s holiday expectations – see it as that person sees it – and then suggest one possibility that enhances holiday fun for that person?
- Whistles while you work. Play music that rings with delightful merriment. Music changes brain wave speeds and lightens moods. What if you were to plan a musical extravaganza as this YouTube of a mall flash mob?
- Hooks onto cheer. Since the brain’s frontal region switches between “difficult times” and “magic moments,” hook wonder to replace worry. What if you were to help somebody as a way to hook onto a holiday event that brightens a difficult situation?
- Spirits outside a box. Survey multiple intelligences here for FREE to help capture seasonal spirit in strengths that many miss. Watch this homeless man sing of hope and holiday “diamonds in the sky,” for instance! What if you value a holiday gift from an unlikely person?
- Animated IQ tones. Brains literally rewire daily based on our lively actions. The Grinch may use poor tone as a silent killer, but practice good tone in response and you’ll give holiday cheer in new more animated offerings?
- Thanks to somebody. Thank and encourage those who least expect it. Why not create a card that shows the meaning of a friend’s name and shape joyous celebrations for that friend? Did you know that to use a person’s name with respect spikes personal wellbeing in that person’s brain. PET scans show a strong cerebral flow change when folks hear their names, imagine the card you could offer that person for a finer holiday season.
What brainy gift could you create this year that hold priceless value for a friend, without breaking the bank?
Suffer from a toxic or restrictive workplace?
Ask two-footed questions to spark both sides of brains to capitalize on hidden and unused talents!
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?
Perhaps 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 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?
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 →
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 →
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 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?