New research on right brainpowered innovation shows a pathway of possibilities for leaders ready to take the leap, says researcher Ibrahim Senay.
Savants point to enormous innovative opportunities that come with right brain leadership.
The key is to short circuit rusty approaches, in favor of practices that segue into innovative pathways forward. How so? Question, like open-minded leaders do, and you’ll also stir up motivation as well as cultivate curiosity for an innovative era. The kind of curiosity that spots a rainbow where others may report storms on the horizon. The idea is to engage both sides of the brain, to increase innovation.
In his book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, best selling author, Tony Schwartz reminds us that the right hemisphere of our brains tend to be under-developed. He quotes neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor’s mind-bending experience of left brain dominance until after suffering a near death stroke.
Schwartz highlights problems that come from under-developed right brainpower:
- 80% don’t feel fully engaged at work every day.
- 60% get away from their desk for lunch less than twice per week.
- 40% leave at least one week of vacation unused.
- 70% check their email on vacation or days off.
Here are 5 prompts to energize your workplace – through right brainpower growth?
- How could you open new possibilities in one problem area at work?
- How might you model quality approaches when peer pressure settles for less?
- How might you support and encourage brilliant differences in others?
- What could you do differently today to get improved results at work?
- Can you name one area where you freed up right brain activity today?
Research affirms that to ignite more right brainpower, leaders let go of their dependency on left-brain prejudices, predispositions, and rigid practices. What do you think?
Could it happen in your organization? In you?