Category Archives: toxic workplace

Healing the Heart of Learning & Leading

If gridlock feeds ego and shuts out brainpower   could innovation and trust heal the heart of learning and leading? The more gridlock we see flash across media, schools, and our lives, the more innovative, healing exchanges get lost. To learn and lead well though, takes more than stopping bullies… Read more »

An Inuit Elder Taught Me How Ravens Walk and Soar as We Can Too

When I worked in the High Arctic in the 90’s, I met a wise Inuit elder who inspired me in new ways to face everyday challenges. He shared how ravens on Baffin Island (up by Greenland) surprised everybody when they began to walk one-day in the 80s. “Before that, ravens… Read more »

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… Read more »

Stress Tanks Learners and Leaders

The problem with stress is that it masks as winner – so you miss its killer qualities and fail to spot danger signs before it strikes.

Stress kills!

10 Popular Idols Kill Innovation

Those who refuse to unpack idols worshiped in the past era, struggle to risk innovative alternatives for the coming era. We still tend to worrship 10 barriers to innovation …

5 Brainpowered Tools – Endless New Jobs

Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chair, challenged leaders in today’s Associated Press, for US organizations to view a new economy with stronger job creation. Bernanke warned the White House to come up with a plan for job creation. Since the unemployment rate sneaked up to 9.5 per cent it’s a critical… Read more »

Rekindle Brainpower or Spin Wheels?

People ask how they can rekindle brainpower to do something novel. If you’ve slipped into potholes of anger, disappointment, or anxiety lately –  you likely feel the need for a new shot at success. For some it’s a matter of moving beyond ruts and into renewed opportunities. For others it’s… Read more »

ROI for Care, Diversity and Trust

To create a culture where diversity and trust can flourish is to ride winds of the upper air. Just as airplanes take off against wind, not with it, so also do diverse approaches push back. It just makes sense to rise together, rather than float along with current air-streams. Yet… Read more »

Set a Stage for Diversity as Mental Asset

When people facilitate differences on a stage set for diversity mental assets play key roles. To celebrate diversity as an asset rather than tolerate differences as deficit, is to first set the stage for high-performance outcomes. MITA mentoring interventions set that stage with diverse brains in mind. In October 2010,… Read more »

From Poor Tone – to Brainpower for Innovation

Luckily we can overcome our brain’s default for ruts that foster poor tone as evidenced in many conflicts – to create instead – tone for an innovative world order forward. 1.       Affirm another person’s thoughts before sharing your views on the other side – to show that you really heard,… Read more »

5 Surefire Torpedoes for Innovative Brainpower

You may find it interesting to discover that one can flick on a molecular brainpower switch, and disengage innovations.  It’s done daily – any time – any where. Handy to know? Perhaps for those who’ll  snipe at change-agents this week,  before they lead others forward. How so? Here are 5… Read more »

5 Keys into New World Order for Work

Imagine the windfall if today unlocked a brilliant segue into a global life-changing career shift. Look again – it’s almost here! Can you  see yourself  leading employment opportunities, in a new world order? One where jobs move from tired traditions, into dynamic workplaces with secret gardens and mind-bending adventures for… Read more »

Blame it on the Brain

Find yourself working against growth in your career?  Standing still while others ride new waves of innovation? If you face financial problems, relationship struggles, or workplace inertia – you can blame it on your brain. The brain’s proclivity to default to harmful ruts can cause you to work against triumph…. Read more »

Organizational Brainpower for Innovation

What if you took one risk to lead a change that would improve a core practice where you work? Could that move set innovation in motion across an entire organization? On Saturday at an RIT annual event, I spotted 5 questions about innovation that could transform indifference and lead organizational… Read more »

Inspire Change in Those Who’d Rather Run in Ruts

Some argue that gatekeepers stick to routines and stomp out any hopes for change. Others claim innovation itself holds golden keys to change any status quo. Seth Godin says that people rarely gather as committed tribes around a status quo. What do you say? In spite of broken systems that… Read more »

Equity, Humor, and Inuit Brainpower

Equity’s not an option but laughter makes it happen more, Inuit elders told me when I facilitated leaders on Baffin Island, near Greenland. Unsure why your workplace acts as if all humans were not its highest currency? Wonder why we wage wars at work that kill opportunities and maim innocent… Read more »

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… Read more »