Using Knowledge of the Brain to Connect with Others

There are many assessment tools available in the marketplace designed to measure our personality traits. One of the best known of these is Myers-Briggs that measures personality traits based on the following scales: extroversion versus introversion, intuitive versus sensing, thinking versus feeling and judging versus perceiving behaviors. The problem with assessment tools such as Myers-Briggs, [...]

Happiness & Your Brain

Author Shawn Achor has written a fascinating book, The Happiness Advantage, that argues that success is the result of happiness and not vice-versa. Achor presents us with seven principles that demonstrate how we can leverage the Happiness Advantage to improve our productivity and maximize our potential. What is most interesting about Achor's book is that it [...]

Reflections on Ego

There is no doubt that the biggest obstacle to achieving success in organizations is ego. All the training and coaching in the world will be rendered ineffective when ego gets in the way. Ryan Holiday's book, Ego is the Enemy, presents us with a thorough discussion of ego - what it means and how it [...]

Increasing Your Productivity

Charles Duhigg, acclaimed author of The Power of Habit, has written another very useful book, Smarter Faster Better. Duhigg's research, based on neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics, reveals that there are eight core concepts that are the secret to increasing your own productivity as well as that of your team. The eight concepts are: 1.To Generate Motivation [...]

Reinventing Your Life

Dr. Jeffrey Young and Dr. Janet Klosko have written a potentially life-altering book, Reinventing Your Life - The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again. The authors describe common negative life behaviors, feelings and patterns called lifetraps, which they describe as "patterns that start in childhood and reverberate throughout life". They write that [...]

Five Common Employee Myths

Marcia Reynolds, in her book The Discomfort Zone - How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs, writes about five myths that effectively challenge the assumption that employees always reveal to their managers their thoughts, fears, desires and ideas. Reynolds is correct in stating that employees often don't ask for things that are on their minds. Barriers [...]