Eulogy for the 5-Second Rule

I’m sure we first met in early childhood, although the details of our first encounter didn’t stick in my memory as much as they did with other important people and things that influenced my life.     I suspect we were introduced by my parents, grandparents, or maybe a babysitter.  I can’t imagine I got all the Read more about Eulogy for the 5-Second Rule[…]

Calling Your Brain Back From Tilt

Times like these make me grateful for the years I’ve spent understanding the basic operating systems of the brain and what they mean for us behaviorally, emotionally and experientially.   While it doesn’t give me any more certainty or stability than anyone else, it does offer a lens through which to watch my own reactions to Read more about Calling Your Brain Back From Tilt[…]

You Had Me at …

“I’ve been waiting all day for this conversation”, John said.   Skipping all the typical niceties of a meet and greet phone call, he raced forward.  “I want to deconstruct the quest of leadership and build a step by step plan that we implement. How long will it take?” In true Jerry Maguire fashion, he had Read more about You Had Me at …[…]

Design Principles: Your Brain

I was recently put on the spot and asked to “bottom line this neuroscience thing”.   “In fact, give it to me in guiding design principles I can use at work”, they continued.    It was a dare that I just couldn’t resist. It’s tricky (and unwise) to bottom line the dynamic and rapidly changing field of Read more about Design Principles: Your Brain[…]

A Deeper Look at Mindset Science

Imagine you’re invited to be part of a high visibility special project to design something new and solve a complex problem.  You would be collaborating with people you don’t know so well, from different parts of the company.  Some you secretly call the ‘rockstars’.   What’s your gut reaction?  Curiosity and excitement to try and learn Read more about A Deeper Look at Mindset Science[…]

Fixing The Transmission

“I want you to jack up the truck and fix the transmission”, he yelled, reaching frustration with a discussion about operations.    His loud booming voice, his pointed finger, the groups startled expressions, and a metallic taste in my mouth are all attached to the vivid memory of that moment during my executive career.  I was Read more about Fixing The Transmission[…]

Letting Go Of Your World View

There is so much to learn from watching the human brain break. I’ve been living with a family member who is believed to have Alzheimer’s disease. Her experience of the world changes moment by moment as the disease impacts the functioning of her brain. Recently she asked me if I ever watch what is happening Read more about Letting Go Of Your World View[…]

Taking Off Your Bunny Ears

I took this picture while bike riding in South Carolina. My mind instantly started making up stories about what happened; as our minds often do.  I imagined a little girl stopping in her tracks, passionately ripping off her bunny ears, throwing them to the ground, and screaming “I’m sick of wearing bunny ears!” It was all very dramatic Read more about Taking Off Your Bunny Ears[…]

Think Like A Boomerang

  One of the great insights that has come from studying the brain is a comprehensive understanding of just what it means to think of our behavior as a response.  Science tells us that most of our responses start pre-consciously (meaning well before we are even aware of them), and influence, even determine, both our Read more about Think Like A Boomerang[…]