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How Brains Wire for War or Prepare for Peace

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Are you wired for anger, anxiety or payback when clashes strike on an ordinary day? Or do instant reactions for you tend to bring others together, find common ground or share assets? Remembrance Day is the perfect day to inventory our comebacks to personal assaults. A time to check our… Read more »

Tame My Myg or Stick Me Sad!

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We all come to the table with emotional intelligence – that impacts vital choices we make to progress or regress. Did you know that your brain’s amygdala holds every good and bad choice you’ll make today? Or are you aware that  stored responses pop back up to become emotional choices… Read more »

Standing Ovation to Diverse Learning Communities

Would you agree that tone tools can create goodwill and amp up any learning community? I’m referring to the body language of communication here – the tone tools that bring a smile of inclusion or adds a snub of rejection. Tone benefits embody the warmth of thanks, while its lack… Read more »

5 Mistakes We Make in Building Learning Cultures

Most leaders and faculty agree that to capitalize on the brain’s known abilities is to create a climate for high performance minds.  Most learners agree that  care and support can transform ordinary learning into fun-filled adventures and delightful discoveries. Sadly though, science about brains and observation of failed cultures sheds… Read more »

Brain Based Tasks for Older Learners

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While we now know that students retain less from lectures, we question how to cultivate brain based cultures that trigger observable and impressive growth. Good news! It’s actually easier than most realize – to get older students active and growing in any class! Enter six little namungos with big brainy… Read more »

Transform Sarcasm into Humor with Mental Muscle

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Imagine a learning and leading circle not handcuffed to past sarcasms that exclude some, but freed with humor that benefits all! Build mental muscle that transforms sarcasm into humor that fosters learning and raises IQ for many! People who enjoy sarcasm defend its harsh, bitter derision as mere irony and… Read more »

From Poor Tone – to Brainpower for Innovation

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Luckily we can overcome our brain’s default for ruts that foster poor tone as evidenced in many conflicts – to create instead – tone for an innovative world order forward. 1.       Affirm another person’s thoughts before sharing your views on the other side – to show that you really heard,… Read more »

Brainpower for Democracy or Demolition?

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If you agree that democracy as we deem it – can make a mockery of human engagement – you likely also see value in facilitation that communicates across differences. Few disagree that a well run democracy adds immense brainpower by raising worker engagement. Yet  Gallop Management Journal surveyed annual worker… Read more »

Why Meetings Suck if Bullies Speak

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(Appeared in Smart Brief on Your Career on April 22, 2010) (Appeared in (Practicing Law Institute) PLI Smart Brief April23,2010). See innovative meetings e-handbook here for dozens of practical strategies that bring meetings alive where you work. When bullies pop an irate question or cynics insist on opinions that provoke… Read more »