Posts under ‘curiosity’

Brainpower for Democracy or Demolition?

If you agree that democracy as we deem it – can make a mockery of human engagement – you likely also see value in facilitation that communicates across differences. Few disagree that a well run democracy adds immense brainpower by raising worker engagement. Yet  Gallop Management Journal surveyed annual worker engagement and reported 73% of  […]

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 […]

Does Your Business Need More MBAs?

Before you pony up $50,000 or more for an MBA degree, catch Stu Wall‘s discovery at Business Insider! It makes sense to check out what you can expect back for your investment. Recession begs us to rethink business schools, and to consider if the value of degrees have plummeted along with home prices and salaries. […]

Inspire Me Today Invitation

Hello friends and colleagues! Please join me over at wonderfully motivating community led by Huffington Post writer, Gail Goodwin, on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at InspireMeToday.com! On Monday, the 18th I’ll share invited insights from my experiences in an exclusive 500-word article – Act Like a Genius – on the best things learned in life […]

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 […]

5 Innovative Keys Colleges Ignore

When colleges cultivate entrepreneur brainpower they reinstate American leaders into competitive global markets.  Yet  university faculty who continue to deliver facts for past eras,  in lock-step lectures,  tend to engage fewer gifted entrepreneurs.  New horizons continue to pound home the message — Innovate or Die! Yet who would’t agree with Rocco Tarasi’s conclusion that: No […]

10 Secrets for Brain Bursts at High School

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 many countries I heard similar […]

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 […]

GE Lead Brain Based Way?

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 to move in new directions […]

Higher Education Reinvention

  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 lectures! Have you considered lately […]

Delight in Differences with Gifted Facilitators

Two days ago, while in Jamaica to speak about MITA brain based renewal, I spotted revival alive and well from a car radio. In a vehicle that transported Dr. Robyn McMaster and I to the University of West Indies, radio guests discussed broken systems in general, and Jamaican policies that got  implemented without discussion from […]

5 Innovative Leader Questions for 2011

Whenever I teach Executive MBA Leadership or Organizational Management courses, the brightest students ask why so few leaders facilitate innovation for a new era. Failure to inspire innovative minds, or clinging to leadership ruts that sunk our yesteryears can only keep universities in crisis, and do little to boost business. It doesn’t have to be […]

Could Neuro-Discoveries Transform University?

What would it take to renew university learning and draw more brainpower from learners and leaders? We know adult intelligence improves – from MDs such as Dan Siegel, Director of  Mindsight Inst at UCLA School of Medicine, who draws on recent science to harness the brain’s circuitry. The results? Research offers increased brainpower opportunities that […]

2 Footed Questions Lead Change

Spot any gaps in your life, where  adventure leaks out like water trickles through a sieve? Your brain’s working memory leads you to spot faulty traditions at work, or to see speed bumps that slow down progress in your day. But there’s more to change than finding flaws. For instance,  two-footed questions can catapult you […]

Protect Turf or Ride the Surf

Broken systems all around us, offer unprecedented opportunities to learn and lead transformational innovations for a new era. Science shows how even a small band of like minded birds can create a revolution and sway the direction of an entire flock. Why then do some people cling to tiny places on sinking ships? If you […]

Firefighter Promotions Case for Test Renewal

The New Haven Fire Department destroyed test results of white firefighters who scored higher than African Americans to allow promotions among black firefighters. This troublesome case, and research proofs that high stakes tests don’t work,  raises the question How can tests garner more intelligence-fair results? This serious case also opens an opportunity to identify the […]

Tenure, Brainpower, and Pillars of …?

Some insist that tenure’s the way expert faculty ensure free speech without fear of losing jobs. Others protest that tenure keeps ineffective people and blocks brainpower for new initiatives. With more campuses being sued, and relevancy questioned it may be time to take another look and what learners expect and what classes offer. Today, for […]

Reinvigorate Brain for Learning Dividends

Imagine reinvigorated secondary schools or universities, designed with each learner’s brain in mind. It’s time for the death of education to become the dawn of learning. Time for learning renewal to reinvent your entire community! If you see past broken systems, or catch a glimpse of talented people ahead, you’ve already spotted the brain’s plasticity […]

No Brain Left Behind

Have you experienced mental power that bubbles over in circles where no brain is left behind? Interactive sessions where creativity trumps criticism, and diversity’s the handmaiden of dignity and innovative virtue? The jury is still out on why some people are  smarter. Most  agree though, that brilliant solutions tend to flow from pools just outside […]

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