Psychological Safety: Feeling Able to Be Yourself

Creating an organisational culture which scores high on psychological safety means ensuring a drive to minimise negative emotional states and promoting positive emotional states.  How can we foster psychological safety in the workplace and what necessary emotional buffers do you need to build to respond to challenging situations that arise in organisations?

Mentoring: How To Do it Well, According to the Brain

Within any organisation mentors are instrumental in ensuring that employees feel supported. It provides a form of motivational social buffering which can help employees manage the challenges they face in their daily work, as well as helping them to express their full potential. So what does mentoring look like from the perspective of the brain?  

Attention: How Does It Actually Work?

Attention is an all-encompassing brain process. It hums along constantly in the background of your brain influencing just about everything you are up to. This broad functioning means your attention is multifaceted and influences your memory, your emotions and your decision making (to name a few) to significantly influence your actions and behaviour.  How does attention actually work? Over the past few decades, there have been various theories on this matter.

Navigate your thoughts: Overcoming Roadblocks and Roads Well-Traveled

For decades scientists have been exploring how the human brain allows us to navigate the external world around us. As part of this research, they have discovered specific types of cells in the hippocampus of the brain.  These unique cells help your brain to work out where you are in space – a kind of GPS signal in the brain.  But what can these cells tell can they tell us about human thought?

Focus and Engagement:

We live in a world where we are continually being bombarded with information. This means that your brain is frequently being pulled in multiple directions and having to juggle multiple streams of data – far more than it can computationally deal with.  Your attention is not just a single phenomenon at the level of your brain. Your attention is enabling you to select and engage with the most critical information from your surroundings. It allows you to switch your focus back and forth as required and divide your attention between two things at once when you are trying to multitask. However, all this multi-task switching comes with a “task-switching cost.”

Learning

Learning information, so that is sticks in your brain can be a real challenge. So often the facts, figures, and names that we hear or read seem to go in one ear and out the other without leaving any lasting impression on our memory. And although everyone has their own style of learning, their own mnemonic tricks to try,  neuroscience provides us with some helpful hints on how we might learn and remember information more effectively.

Leadership Dominance

We often find ourselves living and working in social hierarchies. So often, this dominance is shrouded in aggressive tactics where people think that by showing an aggressive authoritarian stance, they can get others to do what they want. And of course, they can. It can be a very effective form of control.  But there is another, less heavy-handed way of getting what you want. 

Behavioral Change

How to overcome the Status Quo:  Your brain is one of the most energy-demanding organs of your body. It’s not surprising, then, that it is designed to conserve energy and to only expend its precious resources when it is absolutely necessary. This is useful in many ways as it means the brain works efficiently and doesn’t waste your time on superfluous activities. But is also has disadvantages, one of which is that the brain can be resistant to change and encourages you to prefer the familiar. So what kind factors influence whether someone is resistance to change? And what can you do to overcome this?

Impressions of a Leader: What Makes You Stand Out?

The impression of yourself that you display to others is composed of a multitude of micro-behaviours. These are tiny fleeting verbal and nonverbal signals which wield significant power in your social world. And it is these micro-behaviours which can give you executive presence, earn you respect, and make the difference between a good outcome and an outstanding one. So how do you make a good first impression?

Priority Mapping: Making Sure You Notice What’s Important

The modern world is filled to the brim with information.  Too much information for you to deal with, for your brains to deal with. So what can you do about this? You can prioritise!  Luckily your brain knows it’s limitations. While you may think of your attention as a way to make sure you can focus, attention is also a very effective way to prioritise.

Expectations and Predictions: How to Future Orient Your Thinking

The way you orient your thinking towards the future guides your decision strategies and gives you long term vision of opportunities and market forces which might influence your success.  But how does your brain do this? How does it build up a picture of what might happen next?  How can you make sure you are creating an accurate picture of the future guide to your decisions and actions?

The Liking Gap – Can You Judge Whether People Like You?

The anxieties and uncertainties which can arise after having a conversation with someone you don’t really know haven’t been readily studied before.  Now some new research published recently has explored whether people are actually able to make an accurate assessment of what people thought of them.

Neurodiversity: Designing an Inclusive Workplace

In a world where innovation is key, recruiting individuals with brains that think and act differently can be the difference between a good idea and a great one and can provide a novel perspective on work practices and product design. 

Habits:  How They are Driven by Our Emotions

Human beings are creatures of habit, often working on autopilot in response to various triggers that they come across throughout the day.  Our negative emotions are especially powerful in driving our behaviour.  What can we do to take the behaviour off automatic pilot for a moment and back into the hands of your frontal lobe to evaluate?

Telling Stories: Why Narratives are so Convincing

Why are stories so engaging? Why should you be embracing the art of storytelling to be more persuasive in your communications as an adult? And what is the most effective way of doing this?

Making Mistakes: How You Realise You’ve Gone Wrong

Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but how does your brain know that something has gone wrong with your thinking? Why does this matter?  Why is it important that you notice that you’ve made a mistake?

Brain Food: What Your Brain Needs to Grow

Your dietary choices can change the way your brain works.  What is the science behind this?  What is fact and What is Fiction? And what is the mind/gut connection?

Why Contagious Thinking Is Good For Social Cohesion

Although humans are remarkably social beings, socialising with others isn’t always easy. Conflicts often arise, people can be hard to read and maintaining a well-functioning team is a continual challenge. So what is the solution? How can you create cohesive, successful teams at work and in life?

How Can You Stay Motivated?

Motivation is the inner drive that keeps you persevering until you reach your desired goal. But motivation can often prove elusive. But why does this happen? Why do you fail to become, or stay, motivated and what can you do about it?

Why Does Sleep Boost Your Creativity?

Everyone, at some point in their life has likely had the experience of trying to solve a problem of some sort with no avail, only to wake up during the night or the next morning and suddenly realise what the answer is. What is it about sleep that helps you to do this?

Conscientiousness

Organisations are now trying to harness the power of conscientiousness as a mechanism for supporting people at work.  So what does it mean to be conscientious? And what does it look like at the level of the brain?

Being in the Flow

Why does being in the flow matter to teams? And how do we create a work environment which promotes social flow?

Is Optimism a Good Thing?

Is Optimism always a good thing? Traditionally, optimism is seen as the preferred mental state, whilst pessimism is frowned upon.  The truth is both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Sustainable Thinking – How To Overcome Mental Fatigue

When you find yourself unable to concentrate, and unable to block out unwanted distractions, what can you do to protect your thinking?
Did you know that there is an antidote to help restore your mental efficiency and get yourself back on task?

How to Turn Fear Into Courage

Fear is a well-known barrier to success and progress. Fear can cause you to procrastinate, to be indecisive, to be shy, to avoid situations and worst case, to run away.
 
What can you do to help manage your fear better, to show courage in the face of adversity?

How to Harness Regret for Strategic Gain

Regret is a highly complex feeling that we have all experienced at some point in our lives.  Regret can create fear which stops us in our tracks.  It can also be associated with missed opportunities.
 
However, there is an alternative to this roadblock.

Emotional Intelligence:

Why does emotional intelligence matter at work? How do we hone the softer skills that support your professional tool kit?  No longer is it sufficient to be a manager or leader with only great technical skills.  It’s demanded that you are a people person as well.

Curiosity

Curiosity is a key to motivation, but what actually is curiosity?  Why are some more curious than others and why is it so important to organizations?  

Being an Expert

Being an expert in something isn’t always a good thing. Yes, it means you can do something better than others. That you know more about something than others. But it can also make you rigid in your thinking. It can make you less efficient at solving new problems that you come across in your field of expertise and it can prevent you from thinking creatively.   Let’s explore this problem and research around this subject. 

Acheiving Success:

Why is it that some people can more easily succeed in their goals, whilst others are left behind? Why are some people able to overcome hurdles along the way, whilst others find themselves stumbling along? And why is it that some people can achieve success, whilst others are left behind? There are many answers to these questions, but there is one thing that can help us understand these differences.

Creative Potential

Increasing creative potential… is it possible? Creativity is a mode of thinking that everyone’s brain can do!  Let’s look at it from a neuroscience perspective to help us understand how to unleash our own or our employee’s potential.

How to Persuade

Do you have ever trouble convincing others of something important?  Persuasion is an important skill in such a busy world.  Let’s look at various tips, tricks and communication strategies that you can use to improve your persuasiveness.