Psychological Safety: Feeling Able to Be Yourself
Mentoring: How To Do it Well, According to the Brain
Attention: How Does It Actually Work?
Navigate your thoughts: Overcoming Roadblocks and Roads Well-Traveled
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 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.
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.
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?
Priority Mapping: Making Sure You Notice What’s Important
Expectations and Predictions: How to Future Orient Your Thinking
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
Making Mistakes: How You Realise You’ve Gone Wrong
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?
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?
Sustainable Thinking – How To Overcome Mental Fatigue
How to Turn Fear Into Courage
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 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.
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.
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.