Thoughts

15th December 2017

Leading by example

Over the last eighteen months we have been delivering a leadership programme for a client designed to bring about changes in ‘front-line’ practice by leaders changing their leadership/management practice.  The organisation is under significant pressure from the industry regulator to make changes and the client’s initial approach was for a very prescriptive, ‘remedial’, parent/child style programme but by taking some time to step back from the issue and consider alternative approaches it was agreed that a facilitative, adult/adult style was much more likely to be effective.  At this stage well over a hundred managers have been through the programme and […]
22nd November 2017

Are you getting enough sleep?

There is a generally established consensus that, individual differences and exceptions aside, most adults need to between seven and  nine hours sleep each night to be at their best during their waking hours.  The cognitive impact of sleep deprivation is also well-established but amongst the many elements of sleep that are still not understood is its importance to long-term health.  Some light has been cast on this recently with the publication of neuroscientist Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep.    For anyone who thinks they aren’t getting enough sleep it may make uncomfortable reading: for example a meta-study of sleep research concluded […]
8th November 2017

Culture change and habit

Earlier this year we ran a culture survey for a public sector client that has a very committed workforce who are passionate about their role in the Criminal Justice System and helping their clients make lasting behavioural change.  Most of the survey had very positive results but the one area of concern was around stamina and energy levels; many employees reported that they were exhausted at the end of the week and on occasions found their work overwhelming.   In this instance the high levels of engagement were a double edged sword as staff were at risk of jeopardising their own […]
2nd October 2017

CIPD Behavioural Science Conference

We recently ran a workshop on  Implementing Effective and Brain Friendly Change Management as part of the CIPD Behavioural Science Conference.   The session focused on how our increased understanding of the brain offers us the opportunity to improve personal and organisational change management in very practical and tangible ways.  With plenty of change experts in the room we had some great insights into how neuroscience can help explain previous change challenges and successes and allow us to make change a more positive and successful process.  If you would like a copy of our ‘Brain-friendly Change Checklist’ please get in touch.
4th August 2017

Where to find out more about neuroscience?

We are often asked what are good (i.e. accessible and reliable) sources of information about the practical application of neuroscience.  Resources that we frequently find ourselves referring people to include: Great Myths of the Brain by Christian Jarrett Neuroscience for Coaches by Amy Brann Neuroscience News Sharp Brains The Brain from Top to Bottom The Dana Foundation The Sentis Brain Animation Series Understanding Neuroplasticity by Rick Hanson Welcome Trust ThInk blog
29th July 2017

Strengths and neuroscience: developing a strengths focused habit

This is a copy of a guest blog we did recently for Strengths Partnership. There is a wide range of evidence that for all of us humans there are a huge range of benefits to be had from adopting a positive outlook and focusing on our strengths. Here are a few things we would all like to have on our CV and on those around us: People who think more positively and who use their strengths more: live longer (Levy et al 2002.Giltay 2004 ), achieve a higher income (Neve 2012) and are more likely to flourish as individuals and […]
20th June 2017

Have you a male or female brain?

It would be nice to think that this succinct but informative BBC article would put an end to this question for once and for all but that is probably too much to ask.  As it alludes to in the item, as far as the brain is concerned, there is more difference within gender than there is between gender and we may never get to the root of what is ‘nature’ and what is ‘nurture’ – maybe we should settle on ‘nurtured nature’?  
26th July 2016

Joosr – book summaries you’ll love

We are delighted to be starting work with Joosr to help them add neuroscience to the already wide range of topics covered by their book summaries.  Rather than summarising other books, in this instance we will be creating original content for some of the most pertinent aspects of using neuroscience in the workplace.  Joosr summaries are a great way of acquiring new knowledge, or staying up to date with what is going on and the learning is delivered in a very ‘brain-friendly’ way.
28th May 2016

Neuroscience of this, that and the other

It is obviously true that you ‘notice what you notice’ but neuroscience does seem to be getting more and more prevalent in the mainstream media and many domains of life.  For example if you were to ask your search engine of choice about neuroscience stories in the news this month the thousands of results would include topics as diverse as: Using neuroscience to run more effective meetings The growth of the neuroscience market – and neuroinformatics in particular How neuroscience is starting to change the criminal justice system Neuroscience driving sales productivity The variety of applicatins of neuroscience is likely […]
15th April 2016

Odd one out?

We recently spoke at a psychology careers day for Sixth Form students where students had presentations from speakers using psychology in a range of different environments such as new driver coaching based on ‘black box’ data, clinical trials management and educational psychology.  Our contribution was based on using psychology within the workplace and as part of it we asked participants if they could identify which of these four models was the ‘Odd one out’. Change curve (Kubler Ross) Dimensions of national culture (Hofstede) Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow) Team development (Tuckman) The answer – or one answer – is Tuckman’s Team […]
22nd March 2016

Brain friendly learning

Neuroscience makes it clear that ‘old dogs can learn new tricks’ and we have been exemplifying this recently by creating a lot of digital material for clients, for example we have made a number of contributions to the CIPD Future of Learning hub.  Whether we call it ‘e-learning’ or ‘m-learning’ or ‘flipped classroom’ or whatever is neither here nor there; what matters is that it offers ‘brain-friendly’ opportunities for learners to engage with relevant material.  What makes it ‘brain-friendly’ includes factors such as: the learner being in control of where and when they engage with the material bite-size chunks making […]
8th February 2016

Navigating Change workshops

We have been running a unique one-day workshop for a Legal Services client where the majority of participants are lawyers. We have been using the latest neuroscience and psychology along with proven tools and techniques to allow participants to master the ‘head, heart and hands’ elements of change. The workshop is designed to help participants to: Be familiar with the brain’s key processes, strengths and limitations relating to change Know how we typically react to externally driven changes Understand how to take control of the brain to make externally driven change a more positive experience Know how to use the […]