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 »
Do your online discussions tend to go down before they go deep? Time and again people who love to banter ideas tell us they run from toxic discussions on interesting hot topics they’d hoped would generate innovative ideas. Have you seen it? Before bruiser discussions get cut, often a player… Read more »
In response to Jane Mayer’s mind-bending book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, what if we take another look at mindful brains beyond bucks? If an immediate response is urgent, and I think it is, how can we each help lead… 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 »
When learning or leadership problems pop up – how do you troubleshoot to ensure that all those you mentor, coach, teach, or facilitate will takeaway more? Below are brain-compatible strategies I use and I’d love to hear your tips.
Agile learners develop smart skills to build flexible and resourceful communities, where problems get solved and people find support. It’s more than hard or soft skills, yet it builds a learning community to integrate and hone both. Add to that the fact that smart skills bring agile results that leaders… Read more »
When I worked in the High Arctic in the 90’s, I met a wise Inuit elder who inspired me in new ways to face everyday challenges. He shared how ravens on Baffin Island (up by Greenland) surprised everybody when they began to walk one-day in the 80s. “Before that, ravens… Read more »
To support colleagues and draw support from peers means to first discover what brains crave in common and how they operate. How so? Imagine for instance, that we could build a learning community together to support all. Imagine that each will benefit from shared strengths that improve our circles daily…. 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 »
Asked to write – WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? I wrote this. What’s your deepest meaning?
Some ask why we fear teen’s insights? I ask, How can we improve learning by changing the metaphor so all students and their teachers relate positively? When kept silent – too many teens face boredom and frustrations that come from silent toxins. The opposite is also true.Students who speak up… Read more »
Games are the most elevated forms of investigation, according to Einstein. So too are active projects, most young adults agree! Discover how brain chemicals, life experiences and genetics play key roles in learning choices and outcomes! See how your brain transforms barriers into benefits and wiggles problems into possibilities. Build… Read more »
Let’s boost teacher brainpower, past tests and tribulations – so that students and schools can win on the other side of distracting disputes!
Intelligence could have been what Ford had in mind when he said: “If you say you can or say you can’t – it’s true.” See your IQ as fluid or fixed and it will become just that. Daily choices literally fuel or fail your unique multiple intelligences. How so?… Read more »
6. Inspire Change. Writers who inspire change often say with Helen Keller: Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all. See how one autistic teen learned to write about change that inspires others by using more working memory. You’ve likely noticed though – change can come… Read more »
How will your week find you in stress-free zones?
Leadership is changing fast and if ASTD is right in 2012 Leadership Handbook – a new kind of leader is already on the horizon! Could any of the new era leaders listed below help to usher in that finer future we all crave?
Shift your question from, How can I win? to ask, How can I lead a winning plan?
Game-changer questions for brilliant new game plans, move players to more sustainable ground together? The opposite is also true.
Change often feels anything but easy …
Ever ask with that popular poster, How can you fly with eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys?
It feels as if your brain is hard-wired more for chipping away at endless daily routines that tank your talents. You suit up to lead lofty adventures, yet too often ruts keep you pecking away like turkeys, day after day. Do you ever wonder why you slide back so easily into doing the same boring things that spin your wheels but go nowhere? It may seem reasonable once or twice. But over and over again?
Some people blame their supervisors, others say lack of funds keeps them down in the dust.
Are you aware though, that blame robs creative oomph, drowns change and leaves you stuck in ruts? Fault finding blocks focus from seeing those game-changing horizons that complainers only crave.
It doesn’t have to be that way, and your success often depends on how you handle detractors. When Gordon, a British Columbia School Superintendent, tried to involve parents in the daily interactions of his large district, several secondary school faculty threatened to quit.
Cynicism trumped his changes at every step …
Protesters insisted that when outsiders (namely parents) try to control their classrooms, they can no longer teach effectively and test scores suffer. Critics countered even small suggestions to include parents, with anxious retorts that parents know nothing about secondary school content, yet act as if they’re in charge.
For months Gordon tried to win over detractors, while a vocal few spread cynicism across schools averting any progress toward collaboration. Nothing worked and gloom spread across change suggestions like the aftermath of nuclear fallout spreads across a once-vibrant village.
Allies opened spigots of hope …
Then Gordon called a meeting with four highly-respected teachers.
After a few hours of brainstorming they’d integrated four disciplines under one umbrella topic – LIGHT. Each of the four classes met learning standards and yet lessons also included student-led topics that teens enjoy.
Enthusiasm carried that first meeting into shared pizza and late night noodling ….