Posts under ‘rut’

Brainpowered Tools to Disagree

Conflict grows perilous for those who lack brainpowered tools, yet disagreement’s add linchpins of growth for those equipped with sharp mental tactics.  Watch warfare erupt in your circles and you’ll likely see 1 of 10 instigators: 1. Angry folks show few skills to tame their amygdala. 2. Stubborn people often lack mental ability to let […]

A Brain Based Dream

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  prosper more by tapping into […]

Talker or Brain Based Mentor at University?

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 facts that stick through rote. […]

10 Tragic Traits in Mind of Bullies and Cynics

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 the pseudo-intellectual’s substitute for intelligence. […]

Retention Lost in Lectures

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 lecturer in this video and […]

Reflect Change with Smart Skills

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, and an ability to admit […]

Expect Active Participation by Facilitating

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 tell – while questions hold […]

Questions to Leap Over Life’s Ruts

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 though rejuvenated practices would prove […]

Novelty Stokes Memory

A stranger calls when you expect it least, and that’s what you emphasize at the dinner table. You try a new Thai or Portuguese restaurant and its unique flavors linger long after dinner. A cat jumps out of nowhere onto your lap as you prepare notes for a meeting, and you share stunned reactions with […]

Override Your Brain’s Default for Ruts

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 status quo, and no longer seek […]

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