Category Archives: amygdala

Brainpowered Tools to Disagree

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Conflict grows perilous for those who lack brainpowered tools, yet disagreement’s add linchpins of growth for those equipped with sharp mental tactics.  Watch warfare erupt in your circles and you’ll likely see 1 of 10 instigators: 1. Angry folks show few skills to tame their amygdala. 2. Stubborn people often… Read more »

Transform Sarcasm into Humor with Mental Muscle

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Imagine a learning and leading circle not handcuffed to past sarcasms that exclude some, but freed with humor that benefits all! Build mental muscle that transforms sarcasm into humor that fosters learning and raises IQ for many! People who enjoy sarcasm defend its harsh, bitter derision as mere irony and… Read more »

Secrets of a Communication Curmudgeon

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Conflicts and clashes are as common at most workplaces as black coffee on Monday morning.  If you’re looking to axe communication completely though, try ramping up curmudgeonese and then watch its magic spin. Bickering is usually where curmudgeons nail their hottest acts. Get to water coolers early to … 1. Fire your best missiles –… Read more »

Your Brain on Courage

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To kindle new ideas takes circles of trust. Teams that consciously cultivate trust, open spaces for new ideas. The iPod’s inception, for instance, started with an innovative idea that Steve Jobs’ team kindled into revolutionized communication. Similarly, Fast Company’s awesome design moments unveiled original ideas that emerged from committed teams. Passionate communities, such as Apple and Fast Company, differ mentally from typical workplaces, just as brains of genius inventors vary from minds of complacent masses. How so? The brain’s hippocampus releases a shot of dopamine the brain chemical for kindling novelty.

Simple Questions Lead from Fear to Freedom

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Fear feels like a natural response to facts brandished about without any ability to respond. If you ask a simple – What if … question though,  fear moves into freedom that innovative change-agents enjoy! A mental barrier to freedom, fear of failure’s understandable when you think about it. Salacious front-liners … Read more »

#4 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

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4. Pardon or Pity? – Venting creates new neuron pathways for more blame  or gridlocks. Forgive by writing opposite of a vent. Check out how your amygdala impacts forgiveness – and guides you to write its opposite. Check out this New York Times story at to see how forgiveness moves… Read more »

#3 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

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3. Run from  Rants.   Negative emotions fade when dangerous cortisol chemicals decrease before you write. Take a few minutes to tame your amygdala – which is the brain’s emotional storehouse. How so? Share traits of one leader you admire who faced similar situations. Why not write about a problem… Read more »

Compelling Counterpoints or Gridlocks

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Yesterday a retired teacher told me how he loved teaching history – especially lessons on the civil war and Gettysburg Battles. Now that he’s retired, Jake shared he enjoyed reenacting history scenes in popular historic parks – where people enjoy revisiting the triumphs of war.

My immediate thought was, “Why have we taught war, but omitted the wonders of robust peace plans?”