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Teach Thanks! Connect Dots across Differences for Thanksgiving Fun!

Looking to start mind-bending and fun discussions at Thanksgiving? Need a few prompts to ignite curiosity of a toddler, teen or teacher? Hope to draw from the heart of grandparents? Crave a wee more wit ‘n wisdom from a variety of angles on shared topics? Teach THANKS and mindfulness grows… Read more »

Can We Still Lead Truth?

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At Rotary we ask, “Is it the truth?” Some say that we have entered a post-truth era. Others say truth is eternal. I say that new brain discoveries can become tools for ferreting out truth, and leading its possibilities. You? We each hold truths that stockpile for a lifetime in… Read more »

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 »