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 […]
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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 to ignite reader curiosity for […]
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 about sidestepping toxins at work […]
Gridlock feeds ego and shuts out brainpower while transparency fosters innovation and increases trust. The more gridlock we see, the more open exchanges get lost. Have you seen bullies and cynics keep ego alive by banishing transparency through backdoor deals? Flawed leadership, whether called democracy or dictatorship generates gridlocks that block creative brainpower. Never before […]
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 growing charters? President Obama’s recent […]
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 to move in new directions […]
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 longer. You? Ericsson calls this […]
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: “They keep changing the freakin’ formulas […]
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 […]
Broken systems all around us, offer unprecedented opportunities to learn and lead transformational innovations for a new era. Science shows how even a small band of like minded birds can create a revolution and sway the direction of an entire flock. Why then do some people cling to tiny places on sinking ships? If you […]
Take advantage of recent neuro-discoveries and that illusive growth you’re looking for tends to follow far faster. Have you seen it happen? Think of plasticity as the brains ability to change itself, based on what we do. Think of chemicals such as dopamine as the risk-taking adrenalin that moves us to act on what will […]
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 […]
Slavery works, cried dominant voices, while for centuries brilliant minority voices, with finer insights at times, could have led a richer way. Had they been engaged, silenced voices could have broken chains that still bind most of us today. Did you know human brains build new neuron pathways with every jaded act, ruts for more […]