She listened so well that very few knew …

Robyn loved to listen to others and to learn more about what each person cared about most that day. Those of us she engaged felt richer because she listened through genuine curiosity that prompted us to speak up and feel heard. Lesser known however, was Robyn‘s sheer delight whenever others… Read more »

Your Brain’s Ability to Heal a Broken Heart

Some people hobble into their day with enough sorrow to crush any new realities that may exist for them on the other side of sad. Teens drop out of school in record highs, with unresolved hurts, disappointed parents leave marriages, leaders hide in their offices and plot against those they’d… Read more »

Robyn’s Last Day – A Celebrated Life!

A GREAT HUMAN left us today – and our loss is enormous …. After work we golfed on Lodge at Woodcliff Golf Course and Robyn hit ball after ball like an angel – so that we decided to sign up for a tournament soon and play for charity to capitalize… Read more »

Back to School Bundles for Fun Learning Adventures!

Head back to school with timed saving of $35.00 off the 902 page Bundle below! Now you have all you need to manage a brain based learning culture! See brief video of all student-ready tasks, games, lessons and units  included in this bundle.  Oh, and here are back to school, … Read more »

Your Brain on the Power of Kind! Cutthroat or Care?

We’ve all benefited from caring and compassionate leaders. We’ve learned from mentors who appear to escape cutthroat tactics that hardwire cynics’ brains.  And we’ve marshaled up victories with coaches who spearhead care. Most of us at one time or another, build or find the kind of support that advances people… Read more »

Boost Working Memory to Learn New Skills

Have you slammed onto ruts or slipped into boring routines lately? If so read on and get ready  for a fun new adventure! Let’s say you’d like to learn a new technology such as Instagram, or accept an invitation to propose a digital innovation. Both cases  take more working memory,… Read more »

See Critical Changes Stall? A Brain’s Default to Ruts

Find yourself protecting  turf?  See others stuck in ruts, cling to stubborn opinions or demanding boring routines? If so, you’re likely looking at the brain’s default to its basal ganglia. Think of the basal ganglia as a mental warehouse of sorts, where every action, both good and bad, sit ready… Read more »

Standing Ovation to Diverse Learning Communities

Would you agree that tone tools can create goodwill and amp up any learning community? I’m referring to the body language of communication here – the tone tools that bring a smile of inclusion or adds a snub of rejection. Tone benefits embody the warmth of thanks, while its lack… Read more »

30 Fun Ways to Beat Summer Slide!

June may be brain awareness month, but every day offers another opportunity to beat summer slide. How so? Just for fun – why not celebrate a brain-friendly challenge daily. Let’s say you capitalize on hidden or unused intelligences in unexpected places all  summer? Or at least on 30 different days…… Read more »

Troubleshooting Tips and Brain Based Benefits

When learning or leadership problems pop up – how do you troubleshoot to ensure that all those you mentor, coach, teach, or facilitate will takeaway more?   Below are brain-compatible strategies I use and I’d love to hear your tips.

Open Letter to Stomp Out Teacher Evaluations and Step Up Learning!

To Leaders of Education Initiatives in my state of New York, Imagine teacher evaluations as mental growth guides! Visualize all faculty and students supported and prospered by the rest of us. At this point,  you’ll likely step up to toss out many standard or state-mandated observations. Why so? Top-down, judgmental,… Read more »

Smart Skills for 21st Century Agility

Agile learners develop smart skills to build flexible and resourceful communities, where problems get solved and people find support.  It’s more than hard or soft skills, yet it builds a learning community to integrate and hone both. Add to that the fact that smart skills bring agile results that leaders… Read more »