Category Archives: change

Combine Climate, Robots, Minecraft, Grandparents and Kids!

Who doesn’t love a great story? And who’s not into Minecraft creations, or a loving grandparent cuddle? Finally, who’s not concerned about problems such as text neck, because kids are online too much? If you say, yes to any of these three  it only makes sense to engage young readers hot topics… Read more »

What Happens If You Risk Change in Smug or “Content” Cultures?

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 »

Social Media Helps or Hurts Brainpower

Researchers suggest that social media can harm kids’ brains, and few would disagree. Either way, social networks such as Twitter are here to stay. My question is, what impact do online networks play in strengthening minds and leading innovation across differences? Increasingly, brain gurus such as Susan Greenfield weigh in… Read more »

Mental Tools in Stress Free Zones

The problem with stress is that it masks as winner – so you miss its killer qualities and fail to spot danger signs before it strikes.

Stress kills!

Could Mindfulness Counter Dark Money with Richer Brainpower?

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 »

Could Mindfulness Heal the Heart of Learning & Leading?

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 »

Parents’ Brains Onboard Secondary Schools

Parents care deeply about their teens! Yet surveys show that too few parents of teens spot much incentive to enter some secondary schools. It doesn’t have to be that way LA’s “worst school” discovered when they reached out to parents and soon became the best.  It turns out that many… Read more »

Troubleshooting Tips and Brain Based Benefits

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.

Smart Skills for 21st Century Agility

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 »

An Inuit Elder Taught Me How Ravens Walk and Soar as We Can Too

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 »

Your Brain on Peer Support

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 »

Namungos to Disrupt for Innovative Choices!

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 »

Change the Metaphor to Improve Learning – Speak Up and Feel Heard!

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 »

Discovery Builds a Brain Based Culture

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 »

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!  

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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?