Top posts: the ways neuroscience will transform how you work

Posted on January 30, 2014. Filed under: Our Leaders Say | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We thought it would be fun to look back over the past 12 months and revisit the most popular Brainwaves for Leaders posts.  Please let us know if you’ve tried any of the ideas explored below. We’d love to hear anecdotes of your successes!

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ways-to-eliminate-distractions2Attention Matters: Taming Distraction By Developing Attentional Intelligence

Linda Ray is the Managing Director of NeuroCapability and the co-founder and co-director of neuresource group.  During the past seven years, she has been interested in building ‘neurocapability’ using insights from neuroscience.  In this article, she turns her attention to the subject of ‘attention’—more specifically on ways to build productivity through ‘Attentional Intelligence’.

…Think for a moment on your day to now. Where has your attention been focussed? Given the average worker spends around 2.5-3 hours per day on distractions, I suspect for many attention is not always focussed where we want it to be or where it is most productive….  

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Fish jumping out of waterChecklist For Brain-Friendly Change Management

The participants in the 2012  Diploma of the Neuroscience of Leadership program join together to offer their solutions for brain-friendly change.

…In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, Walter McFarland states that the way to effectively engage the support and creativity of a company’s employees during an organisational change lies within the field of neuroscience. After spending nearly a year studying how the brain works and the ways this new knowledge may be applied to the workplace, the 2012 NeuroCapability ‘thought-leaders’ participated in an informal survey about their ideas on the best ways to implement organisational change…  

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golden-circleThe Three E’s Model Of Neuroleadership: Energy, Effort And Engagement

Adair Jones, a Brainwaves for Leaders staff writer, investigates how leaders can direct energy, effort, and engagement by connecting employees with intrinsic values and meaningful purpose.

…One of the central challenges in learning and leading is the ability for people to connect, to collaborate, and to find the common ground needed to work out the intense polarizations that lead to so many of the terrible headlines we see. While humans have a fierce independence, we are actually social animals, and mirror neurons are evidence of this interdependence. It’s our organisational leaders who set the engagement climate, and they also set levels of energy depletion and energy restoration. It’s a delicate balancing act, and one that’s difficult to achieve…

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abstract-conversationBusiness Leaders Agree: Empathy Is The Single-Most Important Skill In Business Today

In a recent workshop on The Neuroscience of Collaboration, undertaken as part of theDiploma of Neuroscience of LeadershipAdair Jones was inspired by the significant role empathy plays in human relations and how it can be effectively utilised in the business realm.

…Empathy is the oil that keeps relationships running smoothly. We need to think of it as valued currency. Empathy allows us to create bonds of trust. It gives us insights into what others may be feeling or thinking. It helps us understand how and why others are reacting to situations. It sharpens our “people acumen”.  And it informs our decisions.  All of this is too important to ignore…

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??????????????????Linking Emotional Intelligence To Neuroscience

Nick Mills, a Neuroscience of Leadership graduate and the Principal Consultant at Eureka Training, shares his thoughts on emotional intelligence and what learning about the brain can do to help you link the heart with the head.

…neuroscience and emotional intelligence can be complimentary tools for effectively managing engagement and those that believe that EI is all based in black magic and hoo ha!…

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