Posts under ‘change direction’

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!  

Is your IQ Stuck in Neutral?

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? Choose to ramp up personal […]

#6 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

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 with wonders and  woes. Working […]

What’s Your Stress Free Zone?

How will your week find you in stress-free zones?

50 Questions to Lead Bloggers

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?

Calling all Game Changers

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.

Making Change Easy

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 ….

Guest Post – Changing Behaviors

Dr. Ellen Weber’s Guest is Dr. Donalee Markus – and the post is Filters of your Brain

Scared or Smart?

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.

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?

Four Questions toward a Kinder, Gentler Leadership

Have you noticed how some people focus on what’s broke, and often miss the solutions?

In 30 years of international renewal work here at Mita, we’ve learned to ask four questions that lead to solutions that organizations crave. Here are four questions worth asking at your workplace:

MBAs Lead Innovative Brainpower

Check out  MBAs at  The Bittner School of Business at  St. John Fisher College who led innovation with the brain in mind.  Dynamic innovation story over at Forbes and at Brain Based Biz. The exchange differed from one-way talks,  presentations, or illustrated ideas. Community leaders and MBA leaders-in-training integrated novel ideas together, through overarching questions […]

Less Art for More Science?

Few disagree on an urgent need to increase America’s science and math proficiency in order to compete in our fast paced world. But how can a call for less art increase top science capabilities? The opposite is true. Only when you engage both sides of the human brain, can you significantly raise motivation and achievement […]

The Brain on Hope – Lessons from Chilean Rescue

The Chilean mine rescue last week underscored talent, teamwork, and takeaway lessons of hope to fuel brainpowered innovation. Chile’s unprecedented operation illustrated five brainpowered tools that build and sustain hope to the finish line in impossible situations! 1. Question, what if … and hope will convert brainpower into winning answers.  The opposite is also true. […]

Mindful Transparency Promotes Skilled Leaders

Ever consider how the process of promoting  leaders can stunt or skyrocket organizational innovation? Until we promote leaders through mindful transparency, unskilled bosses will continue hold innovation hostage at the helm. Too many organizations remain locked in time warps,  while keen talents for innovative growth go ignored, and inept leaders move up the ranks without […]

25 Ways to Boost Brainpower in a Recession

How are you riding rough waves or unfair performance reviews – see Forbes – that shout recession at work? Perhaps you’re looking for  opportunities that fit your skills. Keith Hall, commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Stats, spoke to Boston Globe staff  this week, about the severe recession that left us down 8.4 million […]

Plasticity’s Pathways to Innovation

Have you seen good ideas crushed by bullies, cynics or naysayers where you work?  Before Michael Merzenich became the world’s leading researcher on brain plasticity, cynics with hard science credentials, insisted brainpower and intelligence was fixed. Simply put, people insisted that elderly brains don’t change much, for instance, and that broken brains stay broke. In […]

5 Ways to Soar with Ravens, Walk Forward, Lead Innovative Change

When I worked in the High Arctic in the 90’s, I met a wise Inuit elder who told me that ravens on Baffin Island surprised everybody when they began to walk one-day in the 80s. “Before that, ravens hopped along clumsily,” he said. “Then they learned to take one step at a time, and everything […]

Barry Burnett Drives Brainpower at BDR and MITA

Leaders everywhere call frantically for small businesses to step up  productivity and replace financial pitfalls with profit.  Barry Burnett makes profit a reality for scores of industries across the nation! To learn profitability approaches from Barry is to drop the panic concerns, and stand at the cusp of a new growth era. One we all […]

25 Signs an Organizational Model is Broken

Does innovative brainpower fuel your business model?  Is your organization moving forward with the fast shifting economy of the 21st Century, or is it mired in broken practices? Check out 25 areas that reinvigorate broken business models, and you’ll also agree that tired systems can be mended to grow mindful again. Workers show disdain or […]

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