10 Principles of Change I’ve Learned

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As I worked with and learned from leaders across  20 countries, over 40 years,  I learned 10 key factors that lead  sustainable change. Guided by these key principles, I engage  two-footed questions, facilitate mind-guided mutual mentoring, and track change in  brain based assessment skill charts, to help develop specific skill… Read more »

What if we programmed calm into our hectic calendar?

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Attempts to bring calm into sudden, unexpected, or hyped-up-situations can backfire at times, but deliberately planned adventures add enjoyment and serenity that relieves most pressures. Composure can rarely be mandated. Studies show that paying too much attention to our levels of peacefulness can bring its opposite. Pressure cooker chaos can… Read more »

Motivation – Wings for Achievement

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If motivation adds wings for achievement, and if performance drops to the ground when it’s cut off, what does your motivational airship look like today? Unless you know what motivation looks like, you’ll rarely ride its wonder, or fuse its mental energy into your day. To cross  the interplay between… 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 »

Teach Thanks! Connect Dots across Differences for Thanksgiving Fun!

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Looking to start mind-bending and fun discussions at Thanksgiving? Need a few prompts to ignite curiosity of a toddler, teen or teacher? Hope to draw from the heart of grandparents? Crave a wee more wit ‘n wisdom from a variety of angles on shared topics? Teach THANKS and mindfulness grows… Read more »

Can We Still Lead Truth?

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At Rotary we ask, “Is it the truth?” Some say that we have entered a post-truth era. Others say truth is eternal. I say that new brain discoveries can become tools for ferreting out truth, and leading its possibilities. You? We each hold truths that stockpile for a lifetime in… Read more »

Ode to One Senator’s Brain Based Innovation!

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As a registered “independent” and as MBA professor of leadership,  I support men and women on either side of any isle who chase truth, facilitate benefits for all concerned, and lead innovation with the brain in mind. Jeff Flake led an innovative improvement this week. that exemplifies my master level… 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 »

Plasticity’s Pathway to Innovation

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Have you seen good ideas crushed by bullies, cynics or naysayers where you work?  Before Michael Merzenich became the world’s leading researcher on brain plasticity, cynics with hard science credentials, insisted brainpower and intelligence was fixed. Simply put, people insisted that elderly brains don’t change much, for instance, and that… Read more »