Posts under ‘adventure’

Dare to Risk for Change You Crave?

Say 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 […]

Your Brain on Innovation

To kindle new ideas takes circles of trust. Teams that consciously cultivate trust, open spaces for new ideas. The iPod’s inception, for instance, started with an innovative idea that Steve Jobs’ team kindled into revolutionized communication. Similarly, Fast Company’s awesome design moments unveiled original ideas that emerged from committed teams. Passionate communities, such as Apple and Fast Company, differ mentally from typical workplaces, just as brains of genius inventors vary from minds of complacent masses. How so? The brain’s hippocampus releases a shot of dopamine the brain chemical for kindling novelty.

Play Your Way to Understand

Leaders say learners don’t understand new ideas. Learners say leaders rarely offer new ideas. I say that play packs the punch to boost brainpower for a new innovation era. That’s why you’ll want to check back soon for the debut of FUNUDERSTAND – an Online simulation game based on play.

Marks of an Online Brain

Brain based skills transform online communities in much the same way an afternoon sun shores up  outdoor adventures. What wonderful strengths enrich any circle with communication and a sense of well being at its center. While many people admit that it’s electric to belong to such an online  group, far fewer spot the brain’s ability […]

Dayschool for the Unqualified

School prepared many of us for jobs that no longer exist, and now life prepares some of us for jobs we’ll invent. Feel unqualified for work you hope to do in the coming year?  No reason to fret if you consider your choices. Why not factor in  the art of learning, for instance,  and transform […]

Renewal Runs Deeper than Dollars

When government tosses out money as renewal incentives, in hope that dollars buy benefits, bureaucracies respond with inferiority.  Rewards and pay-for-performance practices work against renewal, according to Alfie Kohn who draws from hundreds of studies. Do you agree? Have leaders of educational institutes removed themselves from the heart of problems ordinary people face? Sadly,  many […]

Hidden Traps Undo Brainpower

When you rev up mental equipment daily to either sink or swim, you discover how creativity and curiosity will trump criticism and intimidation. How then can you experience mental power in settings where no brain is left behind? One friend and fellow leader Dave Caiazza, put it this way: Work against the dangerous twins of […]

Choose Brain Parts to Sink or Swim

On each new day your brain offers equipment to lose or win. The choice is yours, and brain activity can now be observed to show how winning or losing selections work, in spite of external conditions. So why do some people pick winning equipment while others settle for the loser’s pick where the chips go […]

2 Footed Questions Lead Change

Spot any gaps in your life, where  adventure leaks out like water trickles through a sieve? Your brain’s working memory leads you to spot faulty traditions at work, or to see speed bumps that slow down progress in your day. But there’s more to change than finding flaws. For instance,  two-footed questions can catapult you […]

Renew with the Brain in Mind

Each step to renew your workplace ethically and with the brain in mind – casts lights on mental barriers that prevent change in stagnant organizations. How so? To rethink old approaches is also to take a stand against Hebbian hardwired thought that defaults back to ruts and routines. To upgrade motivation and achievement at secondary […]

Brainpower Beyond Sea of Cynicism

Queen Rania told NPR that the world cannot afford to be cynical. Do you agree? Listen here to the Queen’s conversation with NPR to encourage opposing views to learn from different perspectives. People often ask as one commenter questioned here How can a person survive cynics’ toxins at work, and maintain a sense of hope […]

Why Brain Based Approaches?

Spot any gap where you live or work, regardless of how small, and you may well be staring into the eyeballs of your own destiny.  How so? Even though I taught university classes and facilitated top leaders around the world for many years, it still surprises me how few people ever discuss the proven wonder […]

Brains for Thrill and Sensation Seeking

Check out this video to see granny lose her teeth in a daring parachute jump. Would you have taken the dive? Or did you know why not all risk is created equal? Research shows how risk-taking relates to the brain’s dopamine levels and defies logic. Sadly, we too often stifle rather than support highly intelligent […]

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