May 14th, 2012
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1. What’s the problem? Mentoring is too one-way, as it currently rolls out. Older mentors dictate flawed practices to upstarts even when upstarts have far more valued skills to teach. Mentoring hurts entire organizations when it keeps poor practices alive, and blocks leadership opportunities for enthusiastic young experts in any field.
2. Who’s disadvantaged? Everybody suffers when mentoring keeps tired traditions alive on one hand, and stifles innovative progress, on the other. Continue reading →
Ever ask with that popular poster, How can you fly with eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys?
Making Change Easy
It feels as if your brain is hard-wired more for chipping away at endless daily routines that tank your talents. You suit up to lead lofty adventures, yet too often ruts keep you pecking away like turkeys, day after day.
Do you ever wonder why you slide back so easily into doing the same boring things that spin your wheels but go nowhere?
If you’ve ever assembled a play station or tackled a new app for your laptop – however do-it-yourself-easy your task claims to be – good moods can plummet faster than greased lightning.
Chew to Good Moods on Kindle
Before you know it, you’re in over your head and help appears nowhere around. How many times, have you reached for a pinch of support when frustrated, only to find further challenges on the other side?
We’ve all Been There
You feel down because somebody you cared about disappointed you when you least expected it. Or anger crowds out any hope for sanity in a difficult situation. At the same time you long for the kind of zest that comes from humorous, self-confident friends, or a colleague who has your back when others bark at your work.
To clamp down on bullying, simply create settings that impede further attacks, where studies show staff wants to quit. Create a walk in the park for innovation, and watch intimidation suddenly slip off the plank.
Stop Stepping on Bullies
Support good moods rather than focus on foul tempers, and you’ll ignite confidence for talent development.
Build a brainpowered setting and expect intimidation to flee. How so?
Ever blame a sour mood on bad disposition of others, on stress, or on poor weather? Or have you observed a cool friend’s zest for fun disappear like sparks die under a hose – around your drum eye rolls?
IQ for Good Moods
Have you considered how simple choice determines if you’ll smile or sneer? Look to serotonin wins – and your brain’s fuels better moods, and expects wins based on buying the power punches that potent drug ensures.
Rather than blame poor moods on life, people, lack of time, or desire for perfection, consider how the brain uses choice to upgrade moods. Why so? Continue reading →
Merging cultures can make or break an organization, yet few firms tend to unite in ways that tackle turbulent times together. Not all amalgamations stand up to stifling challenges that follow, as too many merges trample talented people in the dust. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Differences – Dividends or Divisions?
Successful mergers include joining different minds, in ways that capitalize on distinctives in each.
Through reinvigorated people, passion and purpose at its hub, capitalism stokes mental capacity for gains lost over past decades. Let’s narrow gaps between what we believe about entrepreneurship and what we do to enhance free enterprise in winning ways.
The brain on capitalism
Why do we tout capitalism as opportunity, then roll it out as mental toxins, and greed run amuck?
Marketed as entrepreneurship- capitalism can sacrifice talented people to egos who promote policies that force many out. Continue reading →
If money funds your happiness daily choices will reflect that reality. If not, read on …
Survival’s Daily and at Times Grisly
At 14, when my mother died suddenly, I worked tedious jobs to barely survive. Any happiness I found at school motivated me to walk for miles against incredible odds such as hunger when bus money ran out. Unsure how to build a happier life beyond dingy rental room existence, my dry cleaning receptionist job kept alive my dream for a finer future.
Today I ride the bus while at the same time pushing it in new directions. You? Continue reading →
Ever feel letdown as you walk through a crowded hotel lobby at networking sessions? You nod heads with many but share high-stake breakthroughs with few.
Trust Building’s Like Juggling Alligators
You exchange business cards with the fury of trusted experts, and then fade contacts onto back burners of doubt. You pause to make sense of fast-flying, highly technical advances – then lose touch through unmet promises. No wonder trust is so hard to find and so easy to lose.
In a culture obsessed with measuring outcomes and boosting profitability, we often neglect trust’s potential to advance original ideas in a climate of transparency. We miss trust’s freedom to surpass everyday routines or connect to game-changing opportunities. How so?
Trust may revolutionize the way to boost human potential, but it gets neglected because of its inherently intangible potency.
People who lack talent for engaging opposing views sometimes claim to act as devil’s advocate to bring out the other side. Sadly we’ve inserted devil’s advocate roles into sacred-cow-structures that cling to traditions and kill innovation. The problem?
Lack of sincerity and missed opportunities rob progress for creating together.
In contrast to pretending you hold positions you don’t believe for the sake of argument, what if you opt for a caring catalyst’s stance, instead?
Devil’s Advocate or Charing Challenger?
Would cynicism and other workplace toxins decrease if we challenged broken systems by proposing innovative opportunities?
What if we exchanged workplace strategies that tear down – such as “devil’s advocate” roles – for promoters of an innovative process that leads opposing views forward together?
Could the shift to caring challenger offer much more innovative segues into wider workplace profits?
Have you noticed more and more companies unite lately to the demise of one side? No wonder workers want more from merges.
Unfortunately though, not all amalgamations survive the stifling challenges that follow new partnerships. Merges make people and profits hit the dust when they fail to harness capital from either side.
What If Mergers Melded Minds?
1). What if merges cultivated curiosity about the other side?
The Mita Way leads change by harnessing talents, and linking differences for novel upshots. Innovation and IQ heists go hand-in-hand. Reach from where you stand to a higher IQ, for instance, and you’ll likely ride the bus while pushing it at the same time.
It was once held that adult brains cannot grow new cells or regenerate old ones, but that wisdom comes with age. Recent research on aging though, is trumping commonly held myths about brain cell growth and about age as a free ticket to wisdom. It turns out that choices made daily overtly impact your brain’s ability to act wisely or not, on the following day.
Myths of Aging Brains and Wisdom
Brain Cell Regeneration
Brain cell regeneration for aging brains brings into question the old adage that wisdom comes with age. Not so fast, experts now caution.
Elizabeth Gould’s dynamic discoveries in this area recently created an entirely new field of neurogenesis, a discipline that shows how the adult brain generates new cells. This means that if you act wisely on a day, you alter the very structure of your brain. For instance, choices today determine the levels of wisdom that will follow on the following day. The opposite is also true. Continue reading →
The essential role of the brain is to serve as a buffer against environmental variation.
– John Allman, Evolving Brains
By Dr. Donalee Markus — The sentence quoted above is perhaps the most succinct explanation ever presented for why it is so difficult to change someone’s behavior.
Dr. Donalee Markus
The image of the brain as a buffer or filter is far different than the usual description of the brain as a computer. This difference is important because if we conceptualize the brain as a computer, then changing someone’s behavior is simply a matter of inserting the right program and letting it run. However, if the model for the brain is that of a filter that serves to resist environmental change, then we have an explanation for why telling people they have to act differently and even the sincere desire to behave differently is not enough. Personal experience confirms this. Habits are difficult to break, even habits we know are self-destructive. Even promises to change that solicit an honest attempt invariably backslide into the unwanted behavior. Continue reading →