Posts under ‘Brain Based Leading and Learning’

Boost Teacher Brainpower Past Tests

Let’s boost teacher brainpower, past tests and tribulations – so that students and schools can win on the other side of distracting disputes!  

Why Follow Directions with Whole Brain?

Teens and young adults sometimes lack skills to read and follow directions well. How do you develop these skills?

Teacher Talk and Test Fallacy

At any age – ACT as you learn for progress that sticks! Your brain’s *plasticity will do the rest!   * Plasticity is the brain’s amazing ability to create change by building new neuron pathways to dynamic innovations. It’s all based on our actions as we learn!

Why is Change so Hard?

Why is change from traditional to innovative so hard for some to embrace, and how do resources shift from people who guard status quo – to innovative leaders who sustain communities of passion? How would you answer?

Personal Intelligence for Organizational Growth

Intrapersonal intelligence offers you amazing tools for personal progress at work. Why then do many fail to benefit from intuitive intelligence? Become who you want others to see in you, and you’ll advance a personal IQ that stokes enthusiasm from others too.  It’s about bumping up against daily stressors without  melt-down-trends of leaders with low […]

5 Vital Connections to Innovative Brainpower

You likely know that  links between what people crave and what you can offer, requires you to connect the dots between your current position and creative prosperity. But have you ever considered how vital connections also boost innovative brainpower? The opposite is also true. Cut out your connections and by default you diminish brainpower to […]

Blame it on the Brain

Find yourself working against growth in your career?  Standing still while others ride new waves of innovation? If you face financial problems, relationship struggles, or workplace inertia – you can blame it on your brain. The brain’s proclivity to default to harmful ruts can cause you to work against triumph. Luckily, that same brain offers […]

Genius Transparency to Lead Innovation

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 […]

Inspire Me Today Invitation

Hello friends and colleagues! Please join me over at wonderfully motivating community led by Huffington Post writer, Gail Goodwin, on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at InspireMeToday.com! On Monday, the 18th I’ll share invited insights from my experiences in an exclusive 500-word article – Act Like a Genius – on the best things learned in life […]

10 Secrets for Brain Bursts at High School

Canadian Alanna Mitchell, this year’s winner of the Atkinson Fellowship in public policy named brains as the secret to better schools. Not all agree. Mitchell recalled a Minister of Education who asked a neuroscientist: “The brain? What does the brain have to do with education?” In my renewal work across many countries I heard similar […]

Urgent Call to White House – Help Teens!

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 […]

Brainpower Response to Universities in Crisis

Consider current higher education communities in crisis, where one dean said, We pretend to teach them, they pretend to learn. Have you seen the disconnect between learning and leading change for the 21st Century? Yet normal brain activity is now observable to show how humans acquire and use knowledge. How will neuro discoveries impact higher […]

Could Neuro-Discoveries Transform University?

What would it take to renew university learning and draw more brainpower from learners and leaders? We know adult intelligence improves – from MDs such as Dan Siegel, Director of  Mindsight Inst at UCLA School of Medicine, who draws on recent science to harness the brain’s circuitry. The results? Research offers increased brainpower opportunities that […]

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 […]

Protect Turf or Ride the Surf

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 […]

Firefighter Promotions Case for Test Renewal

The New Haven Fire Department destroyed test results of white firefighters who scored higher than African Americans to allow promotions among black firefighters. This troublesome case, and research proofs that high stakes tests don’t work,  raises the question How can tests garner more intelligence-fair results? This serious case also opens an opportunity to identify the […]

Reinvigorate Brain for Learning Dividends

Imagine reinvigorated secondary schools or universities, designed with each learner’s brain in mind. It’s time for the death of education to become the dawn of learning. Time for learning renewal to reinvent your entire community! If you see past broken systems, or catch a glimpse of talented people ahead, you’ve already spotted the brain’s plasticity […]

Death of Education – Dawn of Learning

The mark of a successful secondary school is motivated teens achieving at the peaks. Does it happen in your community? This summer launches Rochester’s first MITA Brain Institute – custom designed for secondary faculty, and poised to reconfigure learning – with the brain in mind. Participants will create curriculum together to jumpstart teen brains for […]

Secondary and University with Brains in Mind

Read vision statements  that affirm  secondary and university renewal, and you’ll spot innovative learning opportunities for all. Observe classes in these same schools, though, and practical results appear far less impressive. Have you noticed that a school’s intent, and its classroom practices too often differ when it comes to renewed learning and assessment opportunities for […]

Brains Offer Olive Branch to Enemies

Have you every compared the differences between brains honed to disagree well, and those who generate cynicism when they differ. Contrast the difference between an olive branch offered to enemies, and a weapon poised for war? Cynicis criticized President Obama’s reach of peace to Chavez, while peacemakers saw an olive branch like a US charm’s […]

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