Category Archives: rut

Renew with the Brain in Mind

eweber   May 3, 2009   10 Comments

Each step to renew your workplace ethically and with the brain in mind – casts lights on mental barriers that prevent change in stagnant organizations. How so? To rethink old approaches is also to take a stand against Hebbian hardwired thought that defaults back to ruts and routines. To upgrade… Read more »

A Brain Based Dream

eweber   April 4, 2009   7 Comments

At a university debate on the brain’s role in education, the dean asked: Why bring the brain into learning, when higher education already has traditions and a proven history? How would you have responded? Looking back, I likely should have told about my own dream that leaders and learners can … Read more »

Talker or Brain Based Mentor at University?

eweber   March 15, 2009   8 Comments

Some  university faculty add value to the learning process. Others clearly do not. That’s not new. But what separates good faculty from those who fail the learning process? New neuro-discoveries changed playing fields yet some faculty cling to sage-on-the-stage mentality. Poor faculty see their role to lecture and test for… Read more »

10 Tragic Traits in Mind of Bullies and Cynics

eweber   March 7, 2009   53 Comments

Only after you hit unethical walls raised by scorn from the cynic, do you value freedom flights toward its opposite – the curious mind. I’m speaking of that chronically negative person, who expresses disdain for innovative ideas, where stressed brains rely on habit and distrust reigns. For Russel Lynes, cynicism’s… Read more »

Retention Lost in Lectures

eweber   March 5, 2009   20 Comments

Ever wonder why boredom strikes when people talk at you?  Wasting time at meetings or lectures? You’ll be interested in research from the National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine – and quoted in Geoff Petty’s Teaching Today shows that people retain far more when they when actively involved. Ask the… Read more »

Reflect Change with Smart Skills

eweber   February 16, 2009   27 Comments

To reflect is to change, even change that creates friction at times! Apply novel approaches and you encounter ruts inside the human brain. Have you seen it happen? Transformation, especially ethical renewal that adds dividends for all,  takes risk! To move stagnant mental eddies into rushing waterfalls requires novel approaches,… Read more »

Expect Active Participation by Facilitating

eweber   January 12, 2009   22 Comments

How many times do participants speak and feel heard when you present new ideas? Facilitation skill allows people to speak and ethically nudges steller interests and abilities toward a shared finish line for quality growth. How so? 1. Question possibilities by raising one umbrella query to launch your presentation. Lectures… Read more »

Questions to Leap Over Life’s Ruts

eweber   December 28, 2008   15 Comments

Most people hope at some time or another to move from where they stand at that moment, into a better place for their future. Especially if following predictable schedules is holding back personal progress. Yet have you noticed that strong traditions rarely yield to finer approaches in at work?  Even… Read more »

Override Your Brain’s Default for Ruts

eweber   September 7, 2008   70 Comments

If you find yourself protecting your turf or stuck in a rut with boring routines, you’ve likely defaulted to your basal ganglia. No need to stay there, once you see how your brain can create neuron pathways beyond these potholes. Probably you’ve observed how static lives come from dull daily routines where people settle into the cortisol that comes with… Read more »