Diversity and brainpower – Roundtable 33

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To build a diverse community is to experience its propensity for wellbeing and prosperity.

Why do leaders settle for compromise rather than lead for growth? Recently we watched national leaders lose what could have been a life-changing opportunity for world class growth. Sadly, they settled for gridlock with compromise at best. No wonder markets plummeted – along with a nation’s hope and trust.

Imagine  leaders who hold diversity as a noble concept. Is it possible? It takes another look to see what really wins. We sometimes pass over what differs, judge harshly what we lack courage to try, and torpedo innovations that seem less familiar.

What’s behind gridlock that tears down hope and stomps out innovation? In one sense, we can blame diversity’s lack on the brain’s equipment. Typically, we lean more on our brain’s basal ganglia – or mental equipment that defaults us daily into a comfortable stance within ruts and routines. Sadly we can depend less on our brain’s rather uncomfortable working memory where risk resides, and diversity lives. We tend to learn to embrace differences as we experience diversity’s benefits. How do we build a diverse community that benefits all?

What if we cultivate diverse talents to short circuit gridlock that holds us all back? Activate risk’s neural pathway fueled by  brain chemicals such as dopamine, and watch the markets rally in response. See risk with finer odds than compromise or spinning wheels through mud?

Let’s run from deficit approaches to diversity and reach mountain peaks of renewed  brainpower in its multiple forms. We’d remove fear from people who benefit now and fear including new talents into the mix.  When diversity gets labeled as a deficit model, any sense of celebration from added brilliance is suddenly lost. In contrast, innovative leaders stoke emerging talent to win wonders for a finer future.

Alternatives are endless for those who step beyond the speed-bumps of gridlock. Reboot toward smoother highways of facilitated diversity, and you’ll enter mutual mindguiding opportunities, for instance. Join leaders who integrate skills for an innovation era, and who explore diverse edges together for shared benefits.  Celebrate endless inventions beyond mere compromise, when you engage multiple intelligences.

When my MBA leadership class leads innovative projects entire communities buzz with  passion and new discoveries. Spot new gems across ethnicity, gender and age, mixed in at every level, and you also  discover original solutions – because human brains come poised for mixed mindsets.

During a lifetime of travel and working with multi-cultural  leaders in the High Arctic, Mexico, Europe, South America, Ireland, China, Canada, Caribbean and the United States, I developed brainpowered tools to facilitate mixed mindsets based on changes in the brain though certain actions. For a richer culture where differences become assets, for example,  shift to escalate the wonder of richer talents.  Innovative leaders see diverse windows into wealthier benefits for all.

Urgently needed for an innovation era – are more diverse leaders, who risk engaging the brain’s plasticity for a nobler vision through shared talents. Only then can we capitalize on diversity to develop problem solving skills for innovation, with the brain in mind.

Ask two footed questions to replace  noise and clamor from gridlock that blocks curiosity and ignores human talent. Then, in silent spaces seek leadership talent that’s typically created in interactive circles for shared dividends. Facilitate rather than talk, and watch others too run from  ruts and boredom that limits you to compromises at best. Leaders who abandon the foothills of common demands, tend to climb to extravagant castles where discoveries can last for a lifetime and cross continents.

Imagine blended talents that increase your wins, and you’ve begun to access richer DNA pools that people crave.  Brainpower comes equipped with mirror neurons so others begin mimic and celebrate gains that follow. Watch markets respond, and hope take wing.

When congressional leaders  cling to one side only, tides turn away from innovative opportunities across this nation. Leaders who dare to risk on the flip side of familiar,  capitalize more on neuro discoveries, wield rejuvenation remedies that transform tired traditions into blended benefits.

It starts with a shift toward winning, and often ends by slapping a fellow leader on the back for an original idea.  and you’ve already begun to lead mixed mindsets. Serotonin, the brain chemical that stirs well being, is passed across formerly isolated silos, whenever people engage multiple intelligences for instance.

Are you wired for winning? New approaches to brilliant results,  replace stress handed to our nation by toxic workplaces, with  dangerous cortisol,  and gridlocks that  settle for compromises at best.   Each act toward attaining the win you desire,  literally alters your brain cell connections.  Every act in the opposite direction of worry, adds chemicals and electricity for a bold new solution.

The human brain shapes itself from diversity you focus on,  and changes daily based on what you do. But according to neuro specialist Dr. Doidge, brains do not distinguish well between should or should not. For instance, if you emphasize “not including different skills,” you build neuron pathways toward gridlock’s fiascoes.  Can you see problems here for economic growth? Facilitate more of what peers do well, and emphasize less of what people do poorly, and diversity will rejuvenate changes this nation craves.

Are you aware of how leaders  wire  for either fear or freedom? The opposite of rewiring for calm through inclusive tone skills, for instance, is to wire for gridlock and compromise. The potential within tone tools from neuroplasticity – can rewire entire communities for emphasizing and attaining more positive targets from deeper DNA pools.

Luckily, inclusive tone starts within each of us,  can improve the national leadership direction, and fosters innovative ventures. Let’s look first look in opposite directions of  isolation approaches, that wire brains for pessimism and lead to loss. Let’s instead  embrace  one novel adventure today, as a comeback from gridlock into gains that win back wealth we lost through compromises.  What would it take to rewire your day?

Created by Ellen Weber, Brain Based Tasks for Growth Mindset

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