Category Archives: basal ganglia

Could Mindfulness Heal the Heart of Learning & Leading?

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If gridlock feeds ego and shuts out brainpower   could mindfulness and trust heal the heart of learning and leading? The more gridlock images we see flash across media, schools, and our lives, the more innovative, healing, and fun-filled images get lost. To learn and lead mindfully though, takes more… Read more »

Namungos to Disrupt for Innovative Choices!

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After a lifetime of attending and leading conferences to get more from our awesome brains, I see why participants leave some traditional gatherings with so few takeaways. Interested in more meaningful outcomes from your next meeting? My namungos (fictional characters with real brain parts) show a few cool ways we… Read more »

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 »

Dare to Risk for Change You Crave?

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Say you find yourself working with peers who cling to obsolete turf.   Or perhaps you’re stuck in a rut with a boring routine you feel helpless to change. In both cases you’ve likely defaulted to operating from your brain’s  basal ganglia. which can make every action you do part of the “stuck… Read more »

#13 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

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13. Rev up Working Memory Your brain’s basal ganglia stores facts and creates ruts, while its working memory in contrast,  holds few facts and leads change. Write to shift readers from basal ganglia ruts to new insights that engaging working memory. After seeing this video,   what will you write … Read more »

Boost Innovation by Mindguiding

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Tout a mentor’s role, while novice talents are mostly ignored and you’ll foster tired traditions that prevent new advances where you work.

If your organization supports mentoring, you’d be interested to know it can literally defeat advantages you hoped for, such as community building or new advances people run with.

Roll Over Ruts

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Paul Bach-y-Rita, now famous for neuro-plasticity discoveries, restored his father’s brainpower following a crippling stoke. After a month’s therapy and little progress in NY, medical experts assured the family nothing could be done. Doctors recommended the elderly Bach-y-Rita to an institution. Brains cannot repair themselves every medical leader argued and with that flawed reasoning – of course nothing else could help their 65 year old father to walk or talk again. The result?

Wired for Winning?

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Focus on novel ways of winning, however unnatural at first, and you can wire your outlook to win in spite of challenges that worry entire organizations. Experts in the neural and cognitive sciences call it taking advantage of your brain’s neuroplasticity. Pay attention more to what does work, set new targets on what you desire, and go after altered goals with gusto. Even small changes in your actions today will alter your brain away from stress, for more high performance gains. How so?

Rekindle Brainpower or Spin Wheels?

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People ask how they can rekindle brainpower to do something novel. If you’ve slipped into potholes of anger, disappointment, or anxiety lately –  you likely feel the need for a new shot at success. For some it’s a matter of moving beyond ruts and into renewed opportunities. For others it’s… Read more »

Urgent Call to White House – Help Teens!

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Government Funds Promote Failing Secondary Schools People say stimulus money simply creates new layers of bureaucracy that prolong broken secondary school programs. My question is: How will the White House Campaign to Promote Science and Math Education support teens to climb new mental  peaks?  Will successful schools proliferate through fast… Read more »