Category Archives: change direction

Plasticity’s Pathways to Innovation

eweber   August 13, 2010   17 Comments

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… Read more »

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

eweber   August 9, 2010   6 Comments

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… Read more »

Barry Burnett Drives Brainpower at BDR and MITA

eweber   August 4, 2010   4 Comments

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… Read more »

25 Signs an Organizational Model is Broken

eweber   July 16, 2010   7 Comments

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… Read more »

5 Keys into New World Order for Work

eweber   June 6, 2010   3 Comments

Imagine the windfall if today unlocked a brilliant segue into a global life-changing career shift. Look again – it’s almost here! Can you  see yourself  leading employment opportunities, in a new world order? One where jobs move from tired traditions, into dynamic workplaces with secret gardens and mind-bending adventures for… Read more »

Blame it on the Brain

eweber   June 1, 2010   8 Comments

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…. Read more »

Organizational Brainpower for Innovation

eweber   May 3, 2010   3 Comments

What if you took one risk to lead a change that would improve a core practice where you work? Could that move set innovation in motion across an entire organization? On Saturday at an RIT annual event, I spotted 5 questions about innovation that could transform indifference and lead organizational… Read more »

Inspire Change in Those Who’d Rather Run in Ruts

eweber   April 19, 2010   5 Comments

Some argue that gatekeepers stick to routines and stomp out any hopes for change. Others claim innovation itself holds golden keys to change any status quo. Seth Godin says that people rarely gather as committed tribes around a status quo. What do you say? In spite of broken systems that… Read more »

Genius Transparency to Lead Innovation

eweber   March 24, 2010   No Comments

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… Read more »

5 Brainpowered Freefall Stoppers

eweber   March 11, 2010   2 Comments

A panel of experts on NPR just warned us again that US organizations free fall daily, while developing countries advance emerging takeovers. All through squashing or boosting innovation and discovery. Have you seen it happen? Invention will reignite broken bureaucracies,  only if novelty  parachutes back into profitable interventions.  Only if… Read more »

Call Meetings that Brains Run to!

eweber   January 24, 2010   5 Comments

For years I attended toxic meetings where one guy yammered on and one  fellow worker turned off his hearing aids. It’s the only time I can remember wishing for Gordon’s hearing disability. That’s how bad these meetings were. People moved back and forth  from bored to bitching, while Gordon slept… Read more »

Why Brain Renewal is Not for You

eweber   January 14, 2010   1 Comment

Over 30 years  in brain based renewal,  showed me several reasons why renewal cannot win in certain workplace conditions. I’ll admit that naivety in  younger years, prompted me to believe deteriorated settings could turn around in spite of barriers. Over time though, I observed some settings that simply cannot perk… Read more »

10 Secrets for Brain Bursts at High School

eweber   December 3, 2009   6 Comments

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… Read more »

Urgent Call to White House – Help Teens!

eweber   December 2, 2009   2 Comments

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 »

Holiday Blues for Business Boom

eweber   November 23, 2009   3 Comments

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 »

Marks of an Online Brain

eweber   November 22, 2009   1 Comment

Brain based skills transform online communities in much the same way an afternoon sun shores up  outdoor adventures. What wonderful strengths enrich any circle with communication and a sense of well being at its center. While many people admit that it’s electric to belong to such an online  group, far… Read more »

GE Lead Brain Based Way?

eweber   November 9, 2009   No Comments

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 »

Higher Education Reinvention

eweber   November 3, 2009   3 Comments

  Higher Education and Brain Based Benefits   Ask the lecturer in this video and he will say he engages listeners.  He might even go on to suggest today’s audiences expect too much and give too little. Ask listeners and they may support these 100 reasons to run hard from… Read more »

Talent for New Revenue Streams

eweber   October 25, 2009   2 Comments

Wall Street claims that without big bonuses they’ll not attract big talents, or generate big profits. Do you agree? Wall Street broke banks by trading innovation for greed. The result? Wall Street leaders now fear loss of future talent with lower salaries, while gifted leaders optimize talent to open new… Read more »

Dayschool for the Unqualified

eweber   October 22, 2009   6 Comments

School prepared many of us for jobs that no longer exist, and now life prepares some of us for jobs we’ll invent. Feel unqualified for work you hope to do in the coming year?  No reason to fret if you consider your choices. Why not factor in  the art of… Read more »