Category Archives: leadership

Facilitate Innovative Brainpower!

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Facilitators with brains in mind, blast open 10 entry points that inspire innovation: At meetings – facilitators add zip to roundtables because people speak and feel heard. Across professions – facilitators inspire shared language that leaves behind jargon to favor communication. In learning circles facilitators draw on multiple literacies to… Read more »

Courage to Climb on Sinking Ground

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Daily you see snippets of courage from leaders you admire – through questions asked and stories shared. Courage to embrace mental confidence, and face danger bravely,  remains the last virtue on center stage after you sacrifice who you are now, to embrace who you can become. Have you seen it?… Read more »

Could Neuro-Discoveries Transform University?

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What would it take to renew university learning and draw more brainpower from learners and leaders? We know adult intelligence improves – from MDs such as Dan Siegel, Director of  Mindsight Inst at UCLA School of Medicine, who draws on recent science to harness the brain’s circuitry. The results? Research… Read more »

Renewal Runs Deeper than Dollars

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When government tosses out money as renewal incentives, in hope that dollars buy benefits, bureaucracies respond with inferiority.  Rewards and pay-for-performance practices work against renewal, according to Alfie Kohn who draws from hundreds of studies. Do you agree? Have leaders of educational institutes removed themselves from the heart of problems… Read more »

Hidden Traps Undo Brainpower

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When you rev up mental equipment daily to either sink or swim, you discover how creativity and curiosity will trump criticism and intimidation. How then can you experience mental power in settings where no brain is left behind? One friend and fellow leader Dave Caiazza, put it this way: Work… Read more »

Values for Brain Powered Climate

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Imagine a climate of peace, with humility that inspires, and people who recognize talents, and you’ve just begun to awaken intrapersonal intelligence. Build healthy relationships that shape character, and your brain cultivates new neuron pathways toward spirit and highest values such as caring in your character and in others. Or… Read more »

Snip your Amygdala Before you Snipe Back

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Did you know that emotions survive after memories vanish? Or do you wonder what moods and behavior heads or hearts control? Yesterday,  on a walk in the woods with a gifted young leader, I once again saw his ethics, openness and willingness to become vulnerable in order to learn new… Read more »

Albany Blocks Brainpower while NY Burns

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New York burns while Albany fiddles. News of political infighting, stalemates, accusations and posturing flood us daily, while opportunities for greatness fade for NY. A closer look, though, shows bureaucracy working against ethical brainpower. How so?  Neuro discoveries uncover organizational problems and possibilities. 1. Secondary schools and universities in crisis… Read more »

No Brain Left Behind

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Have you experienced mental power that bubbles over in circles where no brain is left behind? Interactive sessions where creativity trumps criticism, and diversity’s the handmaiden of dignity and innovative virtue? The jury is still out on why some people are  smarter. Most  agree though, that brilliant solutions tend to… Read more »

Death of Education – Dawn of Learning

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The mark of a successful secondary school is motivated teens achieving at the peaks. Does it happen in your community? This summer launches Rochester’s first MITA Brain Institute – custom designed for secondary faculty, and poised to reconfigure learning – with the brain in mind. Participants will create curriculum together… Read more »