No Brain Left Behind

eweber   May 31, 2009   26 Comments

Have you experienced mental power that bubbles over in circles where no brain is left behind? Interactive sessions where creativity trumps criticism, and diversity’s the handmaiden of dignity and innovative virtue?

The jury is still out on why some people are  smarter. Most  agree though, that brilliant solutions tend to flow from pools just outside of the prevailing thought – where:

1. No Brain Left Behind: means boredom’s snuffed out with 2-footed questions that stoke new interest and fan curiosity from unlikely connections.

2. No Brain Left Behind: infers stimulating settings suitable for mentally challenging solutions, where people seek intellectual ambiance and risk mind-bending leaps to creative breakthroughs. Or where peaceful hideaways offer serotonin for tough problem solving by different ways of being.

3. No Brain Left Behind: implies that stagnant systems change to improve opportunities for serotonin chemicals to add courage and risk – breaking outmoded rules that hold back genius.

4. No Brain Left Behind: avoids broken education routines that anger faculty, abuse learners, or feed off cynics who fuel flame wars in toxic workplaces and seeks instead to engage opposing views.

5. No Brain Left Behind: revolutionizes learning by venting less and speaking out more about key solutions that pound new neuron pathways toward advanced ideas that win results.

6. No Brain Left Behind: rarely waits for situations to improve but shapes dendrite brain cells by outside worlds that spark mental growth based more on what learners do than what’s done to them.

7. No Brain Left Behind: includes music to transform stressful situations or aid concentration  by shifting brain wave speeds, impacting moods and altering productivity.

8. No Brain Left Behind: sidesteps lectures or mere talking that works against listeners’ brains and engages multiple intelligences from diverse thinkers.

9. No Brain Left Behind:  builds mind-bending communities within safe but challenging settings that refuse to reward cynics who rewire  brains to kill incentives, limit focus or even shrink brains through added stress.

10. No Brain Left Behind: includes others, removes limitations embedded in traditional diversity training programs by reaching beyond deficit models for brainpower tools to disagree in ways that offer mutual benefits.

11. No Brain Left Behind: slows to optimize brain waves that bring sleep at night while revving up the brain’s activity  for peak performances at work.

12. No Brain Left Behind: hooks difficult facts onto ordinary experiences people live – so that learning increases in less time, with usable results.

13. No Brain Left Behind: takes advantage of novelty that stokes memory, and then engages working memory that may hold only a few new facts at any one time,  yet leads to ongoing and lasting changes.

14. No Brain Left Behind: refuses traditional limitations of fixed IQ myths – or dead-end debates that end in shout outs, in exchange for multiple intelligences applied and transformed into daily solutions.

15. No Brain Left Behind: recognizes that unchecked anger or frustration literally block creativity, impact talent, and stomp out innovation, yet can be transformed through natural drugs of choice for turbulent times.

16. No Brain Left Behindoutsources memory in ways that free the mind for focus in the moment.

17. No Brain Left Behind: values older age because of newly discovered plasticity that enables people to rewire their brains through neurogenesis for youthful and intelligent performances.

18. No Brain Left Behind: spreads generous doses of encouragement that alters the brain’s chemistry through tone tactics that increase serotonin and decrease cortisol.

19. No Brain Left Behind:  replaces meta messages that destroy relationships through implications different from what is said, for honesty spoken sincerely and with good tone.

20. No Brain Left Behind: masters smart skills as tools to solve problems with the brain in mind.

21. No Brain Left Behind: runs from stress that literally shrinks the human brain, and converts warlike tone into olive branches for peaceful solutions and additional brainpower.

22. No Brain Left Behind: addresses people by their names for that added spike in the brain area responsible for personal awareness, along with a sense of well being.

23. No Brain Left Behind:  inspires creativity and invention from multiple intelligences so that learners teach others at the same time they also learn complex new tasks.

24. No Brain Left Behind: rarely waits for leaders to solve stubborn problems but instead facilitates serotonin toward solutions that come from people who become experts through mirror neurons.

25. No Brain Left Behind: refuses common myths that state what’s good for males is good for females and optimizes unique approaches with benefits for both men and women’s ways of knowing.

In MITA brain based renewal, we work together daily with leaders and learners to help reconfigure broken systems in ways that open new opportunities for more collective and individual brainpower.  What advances or  limits brainpower where you work? Could renewed efforts to leave no brain behind improve your situation today?

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26 thoughts on “No Brain Left Behind

  1. Suzanna Stinnett

    Just reading this article has forged a few thousand new highways in my brain. Your work is, to me, some of the most important stuff going on today. I wrote in “Little Shifts” in 2004 about simply changing something to reroute brain pathways- and you bolster and empower my thinking beyond measure. Thank you for this access to your brilliance.
    Suzanna Stinnett

    Suzanna Stinnetts last blog post..See Twitter inside your brain

  2. Wally Bock

    Reminds me of a favorite quote from Woody Morcott, then CEO of Dana. “Why did we hire 55,000 brains and only use three of them?”

  3. eweber Post author

    Thanks for stopping by and also for your kind words, Suzanna. Those lovely highways you speak of so eloquently — are fine neuron pathways you’ve created through your own curiosity, openness, and creative scholarship – that inspires the rest of us:-) It’s interesting – I agree – to toss ideas out and apply them to see where they take the latest research by way of application:-).

  4. eweber Post author

    Thanks for the cool quote that fits here so well Wally. Hope the 3 brains that did get used also got compensated well by Morcott for their hard work though:-) Not all do, and it’s part of the reason some tend to go dormant on the job:-).

  5. Robyn McMaster

    Ellen, you inspire me to unlearn much of past learning, take on new challenges, and give of my talents to help make a difference in secondary schools. There’s no greater thrill than to see the results of brainpower unleashed in very positive and creative ways.

    Robyn McMasters last blog post..Making Changes

  6. eweber Post author

    Thanks for stopping by Robyn, what an interesting way to describe what’s needed to leap secondary schools and university to the lines they could lead! As you suggest here — while it may be easier to state what’s not working out there — how much more creative and productive to suggest alternatives that work well. There are certainly good supports to show why it’s worth putting more brainpower into learning and assessment, wouldn’t you agree?

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