Category Archives: Dr. Ellen Weber

Making Change Easy

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Change often feels anything but easy …

Ever ask with that popular poster, How can you fly with eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys?

It feels as if your brain is hard-wired more for chipping away at endless daily routines that tank your talents. You suit up to lead lofty adventures, yet too often ruts keep you pecking away like turkeys, day after day. Do you ever wonder why you slide back so easily into doing the same boring things that spin your wheels but go nowhere? It may seem reasonable once or twice. But over and over again?

Some people blame their supervisors, others say lack of funds keeps them down in the dust.

Are you aware though, that blame robs creative oomph, drowns change and leaves you stuck in ruts? Fault finding blocks focus from seeing those game-changing horizons that complainers only crave.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and your success often depends on how you handle detractors. When Gordon, a British Columbia School Superintendent, tried to involve parents in the daily interactions of his large district, several secondary school faculty threatened to quit.

Cynicism trumped his changes at every step …

Protesters insisted that when outsiders (namely parents) try to control their classrooms, they can no longer teach effectively and test scores suffer. Critics countered even small suggestions to include parents, with anxious retorts that parents know nothing about secondary school content, yet act as if they’re in charge.

For months Gordon tried to win over detractors, while a vocal few spread cynicism across schools averting any progress toward collaboration. Nothing worked and gloom spread across change suggestions like the aftermath of nuclear fallout spreads across a once-vibrant village.

Allies opened spigots of hope …

Then Gordon called a meeting with four highly-respected teachers.

After a few hours of brainstorming they’d integrated four disciplines under one umbrella topic – LIGHT. Each of the four classes met learning standards and yet lessons also included student-led topics that teens enjoy.

Enthusiasm carried that first meeting into shared pizza and late night noodling ….

Chew Away Your Moods on Kindle

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If you’ve ever assembled a play station or tackled a new app for your laptop – however do-it-yourself-easy your task claims to be – good moods can plummet faster than greased lightning.

Before you know it, you’re in over your head and help appears nowhere around. How many times, have you reached for a pinch of support when frustrated, only to find further challenges on the other side?

We’ve all been there. You feel down because somebody you cared about disappointed you when you least expected it. Or anger crowds out any hope for sanity in a difficult situation. At the same time you long for the kind of zest that comes from humorous, self-confident friends, or a colleague who has your back when others bark at your work.

Who would have guessed though, that a small stick of gum could pack a better mood. Apparently, even when persistent pressures smack you down, gum’s rhythmic movement picks you up. Who’d have guessed that gum holds any ability to boost brainpower when you most need a pick-me-up in your day.

Differences – Dividends or Divisions?

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Unsuccessful mergers follow when leaders miss key differences among people – unique traits that people possess which could add high dividends to any combined effort. When leaders ignore cultural differences they do so at their own peril. To benefit from mergers is to mine people’s proclivities for peak performances from many angles.

Can Money Fund Happiness?

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Before you decide how money impacts happiness – consider the following questions.

Were people happier before the financial crisis?

How did Thoreau compare happiness and riches?

What riches tend to add more mental wealth?

Can online repair unhappiness from broken systems?

Could happiness help you to sidestep life’s inevitable financial struggles?

A Brain on Persistence

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All good intentions aside – projects often fall off the tracks before completion. Has it happened to you?

Why do so many power-packed-possibilities flicker, fizzle and die before they reach their potential? Some blame it on disorganization. Others attribute derailed efforts to laziness.

Neither laziness nor disorganizations’ the culrprit – if you consider how a brain hangs onto one idea and lets go of another.

Research now shows scientific support for persistence as it links to working memory and basal ganglia, as illustrated in the video here.

Infighting to Innovation – with Mindguiding

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Are you relying on people moving into new waters, wwithout oars to move? For instance, people in toxic workplaces may need help to interface with innovation.

Infighting results in shutdowns or shotguns that eliminate the innovation many value and still crave.

One newly introduced skill -mindguiding – draws from right and left brains to convert infights into inventions. How so?

A Case for New Hires?

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Some say the old workplace is gone. Others say new opportunities may never emerge. I say that organizations invigorate new opportunities when they hire innovative workers. Is it time to look past stagnant employees to discover innovative IQ It’s not about hiring younger workers. It’s not even about favoring people… Read more »