Posts under ‘plasticity’

Will it be Gridlock or Greatness? Answers May Surprise!

How does the brain move from gridlock to greatness?

#17 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

17. Play Plasticity to Win. How so? Plasticity refers to the brain’s equipment to rewire your brain, and increase its capabilities to write. That said, plasticity expands writing ability when you: ~ Laugh at yourself ~ Speak and feel heard ~ Engage readers who rarely get involved ~ Monitor your inner language to succeed ~ […]

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Roll Over Ruts

Paul Bach-y-Rita, now famous for neuro-plasticity discoveries, restored his father’s brainpower following a crippling stoke. After a month’s therapy and little progress in NY, medical experts assured the family nothing could be done. Doctors recommended the elderly Bach-y-Rita to an institution. Brains cannot repair themselves every medical leader argued and with that flawed reasoning – of course nothing else could help their 65 year old father to walk or talk again. The result?

Wars Work Well – Myth or Reality?

To fight terrorism is to engage in winning wars. Myth or reality? If you believe that violence leads to freedom you tend to focus on wars. You share stories of courage at war, and compare battle strategies. You hail war heroes, promote war ammunitions, motivate warrior careers. You go after hostility funds, and listen to […]

A Brain on Depression – Tribute to Trey Pennington

Trey Pennington is gone, and will be sadly missed by an entire world. But is your brain headed toward depression today?

One three-pound brain, consistency of raw egg, continually rewires for or against stress and depression on a daily basis. But did you know your brain can fight back? Medicines increasingly improve in ways that raise serotonin’s well being and reduce cortisol’s toxic attacks. The key is to become aware of depressions stalking persistence. Rather than lose hope – reach out to trusted others who crack you up or who may be stronger at the moment you slip into mental toxins that work against your brain’s strengths.

From Diversity into Mixed Mindsets

While few deny that diversity’s a noble concept, in reality, we tend to fit more into research that claims people select what most looks like them, imitate what’s more familiar, and prefer what they’ve already experienced.

Rarely does diversity – as we use it – help us fly new machines that differ in size, or rock. As we run to familiar shapes, textures and aromas – we tend to settle for familiar flights viewed as more reliable. Have you been there?

10 Brainpowered Wonders in The King’s Speech

1. Trust builds the kind of chemical and electrical circuitry that sparks confidence and intelligence. A lifetime gift!  No wonder The King’s Speech is winning top awards, as it showcases the trust lost in many circles, craved by most and often regal in its healing and growing power when present. 2. Dopamine enables confident speech, […]

25 Tips to Men + Women = Brainpower

It’s no secret that women and men leaders differ, and  research now shows that’s the case even at rest. My question is: How can we capitalize on brainpower differences between men and women to raise the leadership IQ of our sinking world? Did you know for instance, that while many boardrooms include men only – […]

Brainpowered Side to Victim

It’s easy to feel used, taken for granted, or overwhelmed whenever a few nab most of the spoil, and race to the top. The media’s focus on Wall ST greed may make you feel victim, or it could be colleague at work who advanced unfairly at your expense. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself […]

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 […]

Mix the Ages for More Innovative IQ

Going nowhere with your workforce? Crave change that adds talent for innovation? Plasticity makes it easier to run from ruts of uniformity or sidestep flawed thinking, by reshaping your brain to consider new realities. You’ve likely noticed how diversity experiences differ for those who value others and capitalize on differences. Outmoded myths may continue to […]

10 Whole Brain Essentials for Innovative Era

1.       Ask – don’t tell. What if you were to ask one innovative question to a leader you encounter? What if you held back a strong opinion, in favor of learning from others today? Imagine the ground-breaking results for innovative workplace solutions you pioneer. Great solutions often span right and left brain hemispheres, through an […]

The Brain on Hope – Lessons from Chilean Rescue

The Chilean mine rescue last week underscored talent, teamwork, and takeaway lessons of hope to fuel brainpowered innovation. Chile’s unprecedented operation illustrated five brainpowered tools that build and sustain hope to the finish line in impossible situations! 1. Question, what if … and hope will convert brainpower into winning answers.  The opposite is also true. […]

Brainpower for the Worst of Times!

Money and health problems create an amazing reason to feel down, look at the negatives, and give up. Recession proves it daily. In the midst of hopelessness, we admire folks who find ways to lead innovation, and spot solutions. We’re drawn to those who guide others to a finer place. It’s often lonely to look […]

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 […]

Plasticity’s Pathways to Innovation

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 broken brains stay broke. In […]

25 Signs an Organizational Model is Broken

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 again. Workers show disdain or […]

Motivation Fuels Leader Brainpower

People tend to label me self-disciplined because I often work long days. A more accurate description, as I see it though, is that I’m highly motivated. Do people see you as inspired by what you do? What a privilege to work in renewal, with Dr. Robyn McMaster and other top innovative leaders from all over […]

5 Vital Connections to Innovative Brainpower

You likely know that  links between what people crave and what you can offer, requires you to connect the dots between your current position and creative prosperity. But have you ever considered how vital connections also boost innovative brainpower? The opposite is also true. Cut out your connections and by default you diminish brainpower to […]

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