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Why Make Music?

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If you have ever jacked up productivity or changed your mood with a favorite band as background rhythms, you already know the power of music to increase brainpower? And are you also aware that rhythm amps up retention and overall cognition when we simply use music to improve focus. Survey musical… Read more »

Record of New Member Rotary Growth

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New memberships, in Edmonton Strathcona Rotary Club progressed with six mindful hacks. We began moving together from the premise that the brain changes itself when we act on key changes we seek! Apply that concept to new Rotary memberships in our club and we observed the need for the entire… Read more »

Keep Going or Draw the Drapes?

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                                       Why keep going into our 70s and 80s? We’re told that seniors stagnate with stress that comes from problems such as passivity, and lack of purpose. But what if retirement symbolized renewal? Back when I wrote curriculum, led brain conferences, and supported organizational change, I fought against pigeonholes women… Read more »

Simply Do It!

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When it’s brain based it’s evident in our actions that chemical and electrical circuitry work in our favor and benefit those around us. Good ideas may get crushed by bullies, cynics or naysayers, but brain based actions open us to benefits from new insights. What we do literally alters the… Read more »

Integrate for Growth

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Does your organization mix it up more to open access into shared values across a wider reach? Integration is as natural to our brains as books to learning. It’s also essential for practices that jumpstart our brains and foster productivity. It takes diversity to activate integration skills across an organization…. Read more »

Honor Worth Living

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When I think of honor in action today, I think of Malala Yousafzai, who refused to be silenced by a Taliban bullet to the head. In spite of threats to her life, Malala advocated girls’ education and became the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner. While we may not change the… Read more »

Questions for Revenge or Reconciliation

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Ask reflective questions and we increase the brain’s plasticity or its ability to change and improve itself. Ask questions people love to answer and reconciliation becomes a likely outcome. The opposite is also true. Ask vengeful questions and we alter the brain’s plasticity or its ability to change and avenge… Read more »

Minds in Search of Truth

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 Truth and leadership were still alive and well at our interactive newcomer Rotary meeting on Oct 10th,  at the U of A Faculty Club. So was democracy as person after person shared the meaning of truth in their lived experiences. It takes tons of planning and deliberate focus on… Read more »

Do Women and Men Lead Change Differently?

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Some say that men’s logic rivals women’s emotion, when it comes to leading change, problem-solving or coping with stress. Others say that successful men and women use both logic and emotion – but they use it differently to lead change and cope with stress. What do you say? Interestingly,  hilarious… Read more »

Serotonin Tools for Smart Skill Building

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Serotonin is a bit like watching a miracle drug at work, since situations blow up and yet it helps us to create calm.  At times called a molecule of happiness, serotonin is far more than that in any problem-solving situation when even one person engages its power. Serotonin gives you… Read more »