BK Blog Post
Posted by Liz Guthridge, Managing Director, Connect Consulting Group.
Liz Guthridge is a coach, consultant and facilitator who helps leaders turn their blue-sky ideas into greener-pasture actions. She uses applied neuroscience, behavior design and mindful communications.
What’s the last frontier left on earth to explore and conquer?
In the past 10 years, scientists have learned more about the brain than in all previous decades combined.
Yet, many mysteries remain around this three-pound mass that consumes a disproportionate amount of oxygen and glucose for its weight.
This energy hog powers our creativity, emotions and memories, as well as directs our physical movements, actions and intelligence.
The brain is the seat of intelligence, emotion and memory, and it initiates movements and behaviors. The brain─especially when collaborating when other brains─can still outperform a computer.
Yet computers can be more reliable and consistent. As one of my classmates observed, “We can predict what will happen in a tiny space craft 10 years from now a million miles away but we can’t predict what will take place in a meeting tomorrow.”
As I wrap up my formal applied neuroscience programs I’ve been taking over the past two-and-a half years, I’ve been reflecting on the most powerful lessons I’ve learned, some counterintuitive.
In no particular order, here are the lessons, which built on the basic applied neuroscience I learned from my coaching program almost five years ago. After each item, there’s a link to a blog post if you’d like to explore more.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve been incorporating these lessons into my coaching, consulting and facilitation practices, which are leading to improved results.
Now that I’m graduating from my formal NeuroLeadership Institute programs, I’m planning to continue tracking the new research and applying it to my work. It’s a great way to bridge the gap between what science knows and what business does, especially as scientists continue their exploration of our last frontier.
Note that I’m always interested in partnering with like-minded people─as in those who strive to build a growth mindset─to work to close this gap.
By being mindful to adopt more brain-friendly practices, we can work smarter and perform better.
Are you willing to join me at this last frontier?