Mental molecules of joy – Roundtable 56

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We can increase serotonin joy and delight in ways that leave us prepped and content when stressors strike. Our basic beliefs hold enormous powers to transform our psychology and impact our lives, in spite of winds that blow against us. Research suggests we can expect at least 22 stressors on… Read more »

Limbic system – Roundtable 55

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The limbic system is equipment in our brain that controls emotions and memory. It regulates our responses to emotional stimuli and reinforces behaviors we act on. Change often feels anything but easy … Ever ask with that popular poster, How can you fly with eagles when you work with a… Read more »

Dendrite nerve cells – Roundtable 54

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Our chemical and electrical circuitry sparks innovative change or deepens ruts through its dendrites, cell bodies, and axons. How so? Have you seen good ideas crushed by bullies, cynics or naysayers whose stories rely of fixed ideas of smart and dumb?  Before Michael Merzenich became the world’s leading researcher on… Read more »

Verbal or linguistic IQ – Roundtable 53

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The words we use become apples of gold to boost our best ideas and propel us forward. In contrast, words can also become triggers of destruction that sow strife or keep conflict alive. Words well chosen open doors into innovation and delight. Consider a poet’s way to filter life through… Read more »

Humor or cynicism – Roundtable 52

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Is laughter a priority for you? If we say we prefer sarcasm or cynicism over humor, likely we have never experienced laughter that benefits brains without taunting mental toxins. Imagine a learning and leading circle not handcuffed to past sarcasms that exclude some, but freed with humor that benefits all!… Read more »

Integration and our brains – Roundtable 51

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What cartoon characters with real brain parts work together to integrate and reboot our best mental assets? Teachers or leaders often ask,  “If I don’t tell them – how will they know?” Discover in fantasy or cartoon characters – with real brain parts – how active brains integrate learning through… Read more »

Left or right brain – Roundtable 50

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Are you more left or right brained? Or do you balance your days to engage both sides? Following a question can power up your day. How so? To choose a pathway of possibilities through questions – says researcher Ibrahim Senay – is to encounter unexpected benefits. I agree. Ask questions, … Read more »

Run from ruts – Roundtable 49

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We hope at some time or another to move from where we stand at that moment, into a better place for a finer future. Ruts keep us trapped. Especially if we follow predictable schedules is holding back personal progress. Yet have you noticed that strong traditions rarely yield to finer… Read more »

Avoid meta messages – Roundtable 48

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Meta-messages come from undeveloped interpersonal or linguistic intelligences, and they torpedo the very people you hoped to win. Have you noticed  when we speak meta-messages we leave victims running for escape hatches? We begin to question flaws between their lines because what we hear is not what speakers mean. How… Read more »

Novelty for discovery – Roundtable 47

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Our brain leaps to discovery when we embrace novelty as a way to improve a situation, solve a problem or create an innovation. It could be as simple as serving others in a way that benefits all. And it often involves looking at toxins, blocks or barricades, and then replacing… Read more »