Monthly Archives: September 2018

Ode to One Senator’s Brain Based Innovation!

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As a registered “independent” and as MBA professor of leadership,  I support men and women on either side of any isle who chase truth, facilitate benefits for all concerned, and lead innovation with the brain in mind. Jeff Flake led an innovative improvement this week. that exemplifies my master level… Read more »

Do Women and Men Lead Change Differently?

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Some say that men’s logic rivals women’s emotion, when it comes to leading change, problem-solving or coping with stress. Others say that successful men and women use both logic and emotion – but they use it differently to lead change and cope with stress. What do you say? Interestingly,  hilarious… Read more »

Plasticity’s Pathway to Innovation

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Have you seen good ideas crushed by bullies, cynics or naysayers where you work?  Before Michael Merzenich became the world’s leading researcher on brain plasticity, cynics with hard science credentials, insisted brainpower and intelligence was fixed. Simply put, people insisted that elderly brains don’t change much, for instance, and that… Read more »

I Alone Cannot Change …

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Or can I? We now know that the brain’s plasticity (or its ability to change itself) helps us become the change we seek. Take a situation where cynicism and sarcasm trumps sincerity. Ever wonder how to cultivate a healthier setting where humor leaves others laughing too. Have you seen the… Read more »

Mojo or Meta Messages?

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The brain’s wellbeing, and your mojo, (or serotonin) stands on the opposite side of meta-messages. Words we communicate to mask meaning can sink us like a punt on a tsunami.  Sincere, kind and truthful words on the other hand, can propel us to the peaks. Meta-messages say what isn’t meant… Read more »

Rewiring for Ethical Leadership

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Albany needs ethics reform according to this New York Times editorial, and most would agree. My question is bigger, and impacts each of us. Have we rewired our nation’s brainpower to live without ethics? If so – what questions could guide us back to brilliance and ethical growth! What do… Read more »

Serotonin Tools for Smart Skill Building

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Serotonin is a bit like watching a miracle drug at work, since situations blow up and yet it helps us to create calm.  At times called a molecule of happiness, serotonin is far more than that in any problem-solving situation when even one person engages its power. Serotonin gives you… Read more »

Lively or Lopsided Confidence?

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Confidence is a bit like an engine’s coolant system. It takes additives & chemicals to keep our mental engines at the right temperature for efficient confidence to drive well. A car can use water as coolant for a short time as an alternative, but it needs anti-freeze and corrosion inhibiting… Read more »

Why Let it Go?

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A good friend of mine, who is also a highly successful leader, found it especially hard to access serotonin and let go of words his daughter spoke. He was still grieving the death of his wife and best friend when asked to babysit a new grandchild to accommodate a date… Read more »

Tone to Disagree Takes Humility

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He emerged unexpectedly in a brain based leadership grad course I taught. Like a jewel’s multiple hues glitter in flashes of sunlight his wit and wisdom became our glow. This grad student could easily have taught the course. Instead he taught our entire graduate community by his humble tone, how… Read more »