Business and the Brain 2017-02-08T09:03:14+00:00

Learn the Latest About Your Brain and Your Business

There are 5X more negative than positive networks in the brain It is natural for an organization’s employees to become immersed in cycles of negativity Recognize and overcome the onset of negativity cycles
The brain’s short term survival focus often results in long term destructive behaviors Employees engage in ‘fight or flight’ behaviors that result in low morale, disengagement, high stress and anxiety Develop mental strategies to overcome negative thoughts and behaviors
The brain has 12 cognitive biases that impair one’s ability to make effective decisions and innovate This restricts one’s ability to make sound judgments, think strategically and innovate Better identify problems, identify options and solutions, and generate more innovative solutions
The brain recognizes social experience in organizations as a potential threat (resulting in an avoid response) – and vice-versa Poor management practices and toxic cultures provoke the ‘fight or flight’ response and employee disengagement Surface innate social issues, discuss them with teammates and focus on the team rather than the individual
We don’t leverage the visual regions of our brains enough , which are much more efficient than the circuitry involved in language This restricts the ability of individuals and teams to communicate authentically and build trust Communicate far more authentically and generate more creative solutions to complex problems
Our brains are hard-wired to engage in habits – both good and bad Individuals and teams persist in bad habits without being aware of them – putting them behind the innovation curve Break out of unproductive patterns of behavior and better work together to innovate
The brain is highly emotional in nature and processes emotions unconsciously Work cultures’ unwritten rules that suppress emotions promote toxic work practices. This results in high levels of stress and employee disengagement Better express and manage their emotions – building higher levels of trust and significantly decreasing anxiety levels
The brain is not wired to multitask effectively. Overloading the circuits in the brain in this way dramatically shrinks one’s ability to focus, solve problems and retain information Organizations that encourage and even reward employees’ ability to multitask risk creating work cultures with people who can’t 1). Focus effectively and 2). Make decisions that are in the organization’s best interest. Better focus and pay full attention – which boosts the mind’s processing speed and ability to absorb and retain key information in long term memory