Category Archives: cortisol

Ode to Brainpower in Civil Discourse

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Are you aware that all normal brains come with chemical and electrical equipment to help you choose civil discourse? Or did you know that your brain can default into cynical choices that bully, berate or intimidate? Simply stated, without deliberate choices for civility, a danger exists for lack of civility… Read more »

Tame My Myg or Stick Me Sad!

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We all come to the table with emotional intelligence – that impacts vital choices we make to progress or regress. Did you know that your brain’s amygdala holds every good and bad choice you’ll make today? Or are you aware that  stored responses pop back up to become emotional choices… Read more »

Troubleshooting Tips and Brain Based Benefits

When learning or leadership problems pop up – how do you troubleshoot to ensure that all those you mentor, coach, teach, or facilitate will takeaway more?   Below are brain-compatible strategies I use and I’d love to hear your tips. YOUR TURN! Join our Brain Based Circles! Would love to… Read more »

An Inuit Elder Taught Me How Ravens Walk and Soar as We Can Too

When I worked in the High Arctic in the 90’s, I met a wise Inuit elder who inspired me in new ways to face everyday challenges. He shared how ravens on Baffin Island (up by Greenland) surprised everybody when they began to walk one-day in the 80s. “Before that, ravens… 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 »

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 »

#21 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

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21. Don’t Shrink Reader Brains Stress can literally shrink brains. Use stress busters before you write. 1. Breath deeply 10 times, with an effort to relax. 2. Listen to classical or ambient music. 3. Appreciate something and write about  it. 4. Remember fun with a good friend. 5. Break down… Read more »

Brainpower to Focus and Fade

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Start your day with fresh coffee aromas, and serotonin spikes a sense of well being in response. Life looks good, right?

Suddenly though, that joyful focus fades for 75% of workers who loathe their jobs. The day surges back and forth into dangerous levels of cortisol before that last gulp of caffeine.