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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 ….
It’s remarkable how far study of the brain has come in the past two decades. The upshot? Managers could capitalize on neuro-designed tactics to meet unique challenges. Leaders could come away with dynamically innovative ventures. Imagine workplace advances that fit the innovative new era we’ve just entered. Consider the missed genius for those who linger behind.
Conventional approaches won’t get past gridlock or compromise as seen in the lack of punch needed to stretch and grow new job opportunities. We have a long way to go, when you watch toxins stunt growth in less resilient workforces, while morale tanks. Loss and failure’s no surprise, when disconnect exists between what brains do well and what managers neglect to do. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Have you ever wondered how political leaders’ brains work for or against ethics, reason and emotion?
News of political infighting, stalemates, accusations and posturing flood us daily, while opportunities for greatness fade for political leaders, who fail to grow both emotional and rational skills to achieve what they campaigned for and what they were voted in to accomplish.
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?
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?
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