Posts from ‘January, 2012’

Guest Post – Changing Behaviors

Dr. Ellen Weber’s Guest is Dr. Donalee Markus – and the post is Filters of your Brain

Mindful Curiosity from Where You Stand

Ask What if… questions to fire neurons in new directions and open curiosity’s eyes to cultivate wonder.

Blaze trails typically reserved for the curious by running with one new possibility. The simple question What if… stokes working memory to think more like a genius that way J-Mac did when he ignored autism and landed a life-changing basketball shot.

When Competition’s Paradox Means Defeat

Why is the competitive approach Americans crave – also a force driving us out of the game?

NPR brought competition’s problem to our attention. Check out Finland’s winning model that touts a distinct distaste for unabashed competition.

Compare Finland’s winning approach to U.S. test based competition. Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of the Centre for International Mobility, contrasted Finland’s advantage:

In my country … we believe in cooperation and sharing. Cooperation is a core starting point for growth.

A Brain on Persistence

All good intentions aside – projects often fall off the tracks before completion. Has it happened to you?

Why do so many power-packed-possibilities flicker, fizzle and die before they reach their potential? Some blame it on disorganization. Others attribute derailed efforts to laziness.

Neither laziness nor disorganizations’ the culrprit – if you consider how a brain hangs onto one idea and lets go of another.

Research now shows scientific support for persistence as it links to working memory and basal ganglia, as illustrated in the video here.

Use Your Words

My Christmas rang with unforced rhythms of grace in the form of a simple strategy offered to my little grandson. It happened after a busy day of trains – when a one and the half year old took his tired voice to the table and his parents responded.

Innovative Brainpower for 2013?

Whatever popular culture reveals, people carry gene pool potential for more creative and innovative leadership. I’m convinced we could reshape a far finer 2012 with brainpowered tools used more as strategic imperatives.

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