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#21 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

21. Don’t Shrink Reader Brains Stress can literally shrink brains. Use stress busters before you write. 1. Breath deeply 10 times, with an effort to relax. 2. Listen to classical or ambient music. 3. Appreciate something and write about  it. 4. Remember fun with a good friend. 5. Break down a difficult fact into smaller […]

Brainpower to Focus and Fade

Start your day with fresh coffee aromas, and serotonin spikes a sense of well being in response. Life looks good, right?

Suddenly though, that joyful focus fades for 75% of workers who loathe their jobs. The day surges back and forth into dangerous levels of cortisol before that last gulp of caffeine.

What’s Your Stress Free Zone?

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

10 Free Gifts to Boost Holiday Brains

Simply start with newly discovered facts about the human brain, and you’ll soon ramp up fun and festivity for your holiday.

Open the personal gift of intrapersonal intelligence as your tool to tackle holiday challenges by giving and gaining far more. Offer presents like those below and find holiday miracles fit for a genius.

GIVE …

Stress Tanks Learners and Leaders

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!

Passion for Novelty – Communities of Genius

The human brain comes with unique equipment to build and sustain innovative cultures that passionate people crave. When passion stirs communities to prime their talents for a finer future, innovation tends to fuel genius. How so?

Stack the Deck for Creative Risks

Imagine a workplace where you design & implement an innovation the world craves. Meetings where you play with what if … kinds of challenges. Yet innovation isn’t ideas delivered in talks, but it’s a design you invent, lead, and perfect. How will you stack the deck today for more creative risks?

2 Stories – 2 Upshots

Stories pinpoint the best and the worst of times. Some people share stories of money and health problems daily, and cortisol follows to create a potent reason to go  down with the trends. Other stories brim over with hope for a wider reach, regardless of setbacks. Have you noticed? Narrative that focuses on  gloom, without […]

25 Marks of Innovative Brainpower at Work

People differ on what innovation looks like, and few agree on how it transforms work. Hutch Carpenter asked 25 people to tell what innovation is from their perspective – and got back 25 different responses. Most people do agree that innovation sparks higher productivity for a competitive edge. Any marks for invention potential where you […]

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 […]

Your Brain on Innovation

Have you found yourself stuck in a rut while others leap forward with refreshing innovations? Are you out of sync with a vital marketplace of ideas? Insights for inventions with wider benefits for all? If you’re ready to help replace broken systems that served only a few, you’ll be delighted to know that your brain […]

Ode to Brainpower in Civil Discourse

When people consider civil discourse, usually brain chemicals are far from their minds. While  words communicated with civility, can go only as far as any brain allows, skilled communicators create peace out of chaos. The opposite is also true, and rarely is silence an option for harmony. Any situation in which some people prevent others […]

Equity, Humor, and Inuit Brainpower

Equity’s not an option but laughter makes it happen more, Inuit elders told me when I facilitated leaders on Baffin Island, near Greenland. Unsure why your workplace acts as if all humans were not its highest currency? Wonder why we wage wars at work that kill opportunities and maim innocent people? Question why bumps and […]

Questions Stir up or Step on Brainpower

Did Tiger Woods refuse questions yesterday for the same reason others run from poisonous darts? Fact is, questions alter brainpower up or down. Ask one question, and stir brain chemicals for innovation. Ask another and  short-circuit electrical wiring for mental blackouts. We rewire our collective brainpower through questions that stir curiosity or stomp out intelligence […]

Call Meetings that Brains Run to!

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 with his eyes open and […]

Why Brain Renewal is Not for You

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 up  because organizational toxins contaminate […]

Innovation, Design and the Human Brain

The human brain comes with unique equipment that links tone and talent development – to build and sustain innovative cultures across silos. It’s really about moving from STUCK to UNSTUCK!  (Can you identify with this video?) When mentoring leads to mind-guiding then design leads to profitability. How so? 1.  Kindle and design an idea. Just […]

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 […]

Holiday Blues for Business Boom

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 alone feel abandoned. Not so. […]

Hilarity for Blokes & Babes’ Certification Day

BLOKES and BABES for Workplace Well-being: Carol Cortisol had been part of Money Shysters Inc. since it opened in 1990, so staff grew accustomed to bad moods, put downs, and general irritations at work, in much the same way you cope with side effects from annoying colds in winter. Few staff paid attention to her […]

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