Ever wonder why a kind gesture leaves you laughing more? Hoping more? Learning more? Or simply stepping lightly and on point toward a finer goal? In 2014 a Harvard study of 10,000 middle – high school kids, 80% of the students said they valued achievement and happiness over caring for… Read more »
Luckily, the human brain comes with unique equipment to free your mind, solve problems, or create adventures many crave but most people fail to imagine for themselves. Follow one or two new neuron pathways today and watch limiting habits fade as rigid ruts yield to infinite imaginings. It’s really about… Read more »
Regardless of who you voted for, and in spite of toxic tone that took its toll on many of us, some crave new choices to heal what broke. Ready to move past disappointment? Looking to help create any new kaleidoscope of hope? If you feel up to the task of… Read more »
Are you aware that all normal brains come with chemical and electrical equipment to help you choose civil discourse? Or did you know that your brain can default into cynical choices that bully, berate or intimidate? Simply stated, without deliberate choices for civility, a danger exists for lack of civility… Read more »
If gridlock feeds ego and shuts out brainpower could mindfulness and trust heal the heart of learning and leading? The more gridlock images we see flash across media, schools, and our lives, the more innovative, healing, and fun-filled images get lost. To learn and lead mindfully though, takes more… Read more »
We all come to the table with emotional intelligence – that impacts vital choices we make to progress or regress. Did you know that your brain’s amygdala holds every good and bad choice you’ll make today? Or are you aware that stored responses pop back up to become emotional choices… Read more »
Your brain holds remarkable clues about your success or failure in the coming term! How so? You’ll run with novelty or default to ruts. Enter namungos WM and BAS to show you how so… Read more about how to run with novelty rather than default to ruts… 2. You’ll trigger… Read more »
After a lifetime of attending and leading conferences to get more from our awesome brains, I see why participants leave some traditional gatherings with so few takeaways. Interested in more meaningful outcomes from your next meeting? My namungos (fictional characters with real brain parts) show a few cool ways we… Read more »
Imagine a learning and leading circle not handcuffed to past sarcasms that exclude some, but freed with humor that benefits all! Build mental muscle that transforms sarcasm into humor that fosters learning and raises IQ for many! People who enjoy sarcasm defend its harsh, bitter derision as mere irony and… Read more »
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 –… Read more »
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.
Even adult daughters and their mothers, or sons and fathers can grow their capacity to share inner emotions in safe settings. That’s the good news that comes with a brain’s plasticity (or ability to change itself).
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 … Read more »
4. Pardon or Pity? – Venting creates new neuron pathways for more blame or gridlocks. Forgive by writing opposite of a vent. Check out how your amygdala impacts forgiveness – and guides you to write its opposite. Check out this New York Times story at to see how forgiveness moves… Read more »
3. Run from Rants. Negative emotions fade when dangerous cortisol chemicals decrease before you write. Take a few minutes to tame your amygdala – which is the brain’s emotional storehouse. How so? Share traits of one leader you admire who faced similar situations. Why not write about a problem… Read more »
Have you considered how asking and responding to questions, reveals the state of your brain. How so?
Yesterday a retired teacher told me how he loved teaching history – especially lessons on the civil war and Gettysburg Battles. Now that he’s retired, Jake shared he enjoyed reenacting history scenes in popular historic parks – where people enjoy revisiting the triumphs of war.
My immediate thought was, “Why have we taught war, but omitted the wonders of robust peace plans?”
Check out your internal dialogue – and accurately predict brainpower in your day, week, and life.
Monitor your Inner Voice
Research shows how inner discourse holds a mighty influence on mental and emotional health. Self-talk literally determines your success opportunities, and predicts your wins.
Have you ever feared failure when you really needed to win? Just as you hit cutting edges of a brilliant opportunity fear can stalk genius – so we all lose.
Scared or Smart?
Terrified‘s a fitting response to salacious front-liners that favor greed and tout ethical lacks to cripple entire communities.