It is said that you teach what you most need to learn! Although we usually focus on a business aspect of The Almond Effect® and the neuroscience that impacts us at work, I wanted to share with you my very real and first hand experience of The Almond Effect® over the holidays in a non-work […]
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One of the most powerful ways we learn is from the experiences and challenges of others and how they dealt with them. From real life examples, especially if they have high emotional content, we learn what to do and what not to do faster than any text book can ever teach us. And this should […]
In order to change and to build leadership skills, we must develop and hone the ability to reflect on our patterns, good and bad, and assess their impact on others and how much they contribute towards our goals. Sometimes understanding this can be the most important step we can take towards becoming a great manager.
Do you have teenagers around you? Children? Employees? Does their behaviour annoy, startle, shock, even frighten you at times? Do you get frustrated by their short attention spans, their risk taking, their inability to see things rationally or to appreciate the consequences of their actions? Recent research shows that our brain reaches about 95 percent […]
The science tells us that we make snap judgments about people’s trustworthiness and competence as part of our survival system. However we need to remember today that when our brains developed this safety mechanism we weren’t dealing with customers and employees and divorce laws hadn’t been drafted!
Primarily our responses are emotional and irrational. The amygdala is the first to receive the stimuli and the first to react. The frontal lobe then kicks in with a more appropriate response. In between times, the transmission can get a little blurry and this is where The Almond Effect takes over.
Courage is persevering despite fear. It is gumption, grit, and the capacity to get up after a setback, with one’s heart on fire. Courage is an essential virtue, a source of strength that contributes to all significant human endeavors. Every great accomplishment requires courage… courage simply is “making the decision to do what you know […]
What is it that holds us back from starting or finishing certain things? What is it that makes us knowingly procrastinate – and then, and here’s the worst part, beat ourselves up for doing it? And why is it that so many people seem to share this predicament? The more people I talk to about […]
Why is it that most organizations struggle mightily to make real change? Whether it is consolidating a merger, re-engineering business processes, restructuring, changing value propositions, introducing new IT systems, relocating premises, or any other type of change, all too often the process is derailed by the resistance of employees. Resistance to change is one of […]
Have you ever seen people at work react to something in a totally illogical way? The role that emotional memory plays in our everyday interactions and reactions is profound. Not only do our emotional memories cause us to react to perceptions of physical threat but also to certain people and events as well.