Posts from ‘September, 2008’

Flexibility’s Force and Foibles

Just as top gymnasts bend without breaking,  flexible brains adapt with unbelievably pliable approaches. Did you know – Human brains come equipped with flexibility, or plasticity, that takes exercise to sustain? Plasticity, or mental elasticity has less to do with age and far more to do with choices? People are more susceptible to ruts than […]

Greed, Wall Street, Diversity and Risk

How many times have you noticed that your own finances have little to do with fast talking wily schemes and rhetoric pumped out by those who control Wall Street’s purse strings? Yet, who would risk change to a financial system that serves so much greed to so-called winners and even to hordes of hopefuls? It’s […]

Tame Your Amygdala

For a tiny sac of neurons,  it zaps an ordinary day into havoc – like lightning strikes an iron rod, long before you’re aware dragon moods strike. Whenever your day jolts you off reliable tracks, it’s likely the seething culprit, and in some brains it burns like fury just below the surface. On the other […]

25 Facts to Rejuvenate Your Brain

Add life-changing brainpower  through 25 recent facts from the brain sciences: 1. Boredom is more a habit formed in brains, and shaped by your choices,  than a reality. 2. Environment counts, and a healthy setting helps people transform problems into solutions. 3. Well being comes partially from and is fueled and extended by serotonin chemical […]

The Brain on Cortisol

Long before you realize the problem, your brain may be wired to fail.  Simple choices you make about moods today  might surprise you with tomorrow’s mood. How so? Yield to worry – and you could be opening windows to stress hormones that act as savior and strike as killer. Out of Sorts? Let’s say you find yourself […]

Target Agreement in Disagreeable Settings

While current leaders literally wired their brains for gridlock and compromise that’s poisoning this country, it’s also true that disagreements can  blast open  doors to life-changing ethical insights,  when people differ with the brain in mind. How so? If you’ve ever benefited from unique insights, you’ve likely also seen opposing viewpoints from high-performance minds,  that […]

Create a Climate for High Impact Minds

Any organization that capitalizes on the brain at work also tends to create a climate for high performance minds. Increasingly science is shedding light on how we create settings that work either for or against human brains. Workplaces that foster mind-bending performances also tend to: Look for differences as a place to launch growth. Paul […]

Beat Intimidation with Creative Vision

Whenever you cotton onto the notion that people or problems diminish you, that self-critique begins to bury your brain’s tools for excellence. In contrast, your brain holds hidden reflection equipment to build visions that develop confidence and take risks to achieve mind-bending results. Yes, regardless of other’s impressions of your work plans or character. Have […]

Five Checkpoints to Brain Based Learning

If you agree that traditional learning ignores the brain’s amazing capabilities to excel, you’ll likely also agree that MITA Brain Based learning approaches could add successful opportunities to the learning process. How so? We at the MITA Brain Based Center see all humans as capable of developing far more brainpower for both personal and group growth. That’s why MITA’s 5 manifesto […]

Lehman News – Another One Hits the Bust

Who could predict that yet another Wall Street rock-like leader,  Lehman, would shatter today’s news with losses too big to recover? Sadly, another one hits the bust, and Wall Street is said to standby stymied, staring down defeat in response. What’s your response? Surprising, financial busts offer an ideal setting for leaders to build new brainpower for victory before failure […]

Target Working Memory to Learn New Skills

Have you slammed onto ruts or slipped into routines lately? To learn new technology, or accept an invitation to propose an innovation  takes more working memory, and relies less on traditions or habits. Ready to propel your life and leadership to new heights? Tap into the wonder of  working memory, and you’ll find yourself leting go of robotic […]

Creativity in MITA Celebration of Growth

A MITA Celebration provides an opportunity to try out and celebrate newly created solutions – with the brain in mind. In MITA Leadership Certification programs, participants showcase newly created solutions to stubborn problems at work. Key results are then expressed as innovative resolutions in a Celebration Event.                 This MITA celebration event could be called the heart of this leadership program. It’s the evidence of visible […]

Override Your Brain’s Default for Ruts

If you find yourself protecting your turf or stuck in a rut with boring routines, you’ve likely defaulted to your basal ganglia. No need to stay there, once you see how your brain can create neuron pathways beyond these potholes. Probably you’ve observed how static lives come from dull daily routines where people settle into the cortisol that comes with status quo, and no longer seek […]

Serotonin – Miracle Drug at Work

Good news – each time you choose to raise your serotonin levels, you literally rewire your brain’s plasticity to cultivate more brain benefits on a regular basis. Sound like a winning deal? If so, how will you raise your own and other’s serotonin today?

What Do Your Tone Skills Say?

What does your Tone Survey Score Here really mean and where can you gain new dividends from tone? Scores are valued as follows: A = 10 B = 8 C = 6 D = 4 With the above values in mind, calculate how many points you have for each. A = _____ B = _____ […]

Tone – A Standing Ovation to Diversity

Tone tools create goodwill – even in war zones. The body language of 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. Good tone articulates problems with solutions in mind, while poor tone vents about the impossibilities. Tone […]

Survey Strengths from Differences

  What differences can you say yes to at your workplace: 1. I am recognized for my unique strengths. Yes _____ No _____. 2. Different cultures are represented in leaders.  Yes _____ No _____. 3. Conflicts are rare yet mutually solved. Yes _____ No _____. 4. Most people speak and feel heard at meetings. Yes _____ […]

Two-Footed Questions for Ten Friends

Over at Middle Zone Musings, Bob Hruzek’s wondering what we’ve learned lately from friends. That brought to mind 10 key questions I’ve been wanting to ask a few friends of Brain Leaders and Learners. Here go my 10 invitations to learn ‘em,  Bob and friends. 1. Robyn, what does it take to merge creativity with technology, so that both […]

Do Mergers Ignore Differences to Their Peril?

While merging cultures becomes increasingly urgent, and while firms often unite to tackle turbulent times, it’s also true that not all amalgamations stand up to stifling challenges that follow. Have you observed merges that left people and profits in the dust? Lately, I’ve been wondering why so many unions slip off their golden tracks so soon after leaving the gates with a top […]

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