If your new year goals already petered out, you can blame it on your brain. Check out the brain’s default system or basal ganglia and you are facing down gridlock to changes you seek. Think of the basal ganglia as a mental warehouse of sorts, where every action, both good… Read more »
You meet people daily who feel afraid to fix a broken anything because they fear they’ll end up alone, stuck and without support, in self-satisfied circles that see new ideas as mere buzz at best. Inner terror is only intensified by physiological challenges, such as your mental makeup. Do the… Read more »
When hope yields to daily mandated routines, our brains slip into dangerous ruts! Do your routines rob our hope? What about mandated routines? Looking for tips to reboot magical hope for a new season? I like to start with the two-footed question: What awakens hope in you in spite of difficulties… 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 »
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 »
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 »
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… Read more »
13. Rev up Working Memory Your brain’s basal ganglia stores facts and creates ruts, while its working memory in contrast, holds few facts and leads change. Write to shift readers from basal ganglia ruts to new insights that engaging working memory. After seeing this video, what will you write … Read more »
Tout a mentor’s role, while novice talents are mostly ignored and you’ll foster tired traditions that prevent new advances where you work.
If your organization supports mentoring, you’d be interested to know it can literally defeat advantages you hoped for, such as community building or new advances people run with.
Paul Bach-y-Rita, now famous for neuro-plasticity discoveries, restored his father’s brainpower following a crippling stoke. After a month’s therapy and little progress in NY, medical experts assured the family nothing could be done. Doctors recommended the elderly Bach-y-Rita to an institution. Brains cannot repair themselves every medical leader argued and with that flawed reasoning – of course nothing else could help their 65 year old father to walk or talk again. The result?
Focus on novel ways of winning, however unnatural at first, and you can wire your outlook to win in spite of challenges that worry entire organizations. Experts in the neural and cognitive sciences call it taking advantage of your brain’s neuroplasticity. Pay attention more to what does work, set new targets on what you desire, and go after altered goals with gusto. Even small changes in your actions today will alter your brain away from stress, for more high performance gains. How so?
People ask how they can rekindle brainpower to do something novel. If you’ve slipped into potholes of anger, disappointment, or anxiety lately – you likely feel the need for a new shot at success. For some it’s a matter of moving beyond ruts and into renewed opportunities. For others it’s… Read more »
Government Funds Promote Failing Secondary Schools People say stimulus money simply creates new layers of bureaucracy that prolong broken secondary school programs. My question is: How will the White House Campaign to Promote Science and Math Education support teens to climb new mental peaks? Will successful schools proliferate through fast… Read more »
Ever notice how Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to bring out blues in some and blessings in others? Or how lonely people see vast spaces between themselves and others – even at festive holiday tables? First glances show people blessed with close family and friends feel blessed over holidays while those… Read more »
Great news from GE leaders today, according to WSJ’s Paul Glader. Any organization willing to change and grow, after a fall, also holds potential to create a prototype for global change and growth. Both qualities urgently needed in the broader business community. Bravo! Let’s get behind GE’s initiative and begin… Read more »
Have you every thought of practicing to be a genius at anything? Several gurus in intelligence, claim that endurance and hard work get higher grades than raw intelligence scores from IQ tests. Do you agree? Einstein claimed he was no more intelligent than others – but he stayed with problems… Read more »
Heaven or Havoc? Which of these characters work with or in you? Serotonin Sam: “Feelin’ good – hey guys you’re welcome to share, anytime.” Cortisol Carol “Touch my stuff and you die!” Plasticity Patty: “Glad to know I can still nail this new knack at any age.” Amygdala Arnie:… Read more »