Why every leader needs to know about neuroscience today.

Gartner predicts that by 2021, over 25% of companies would use brain-based principles and neuroscience to improve the way learning professionals work.

You can improve the learning curve, leadership outcomes, and impact the unconscious brain. More than 90% of your brain’s learning is unconscious. Therefore, companies should invest more in decision-making, intuition and creativity.

Brain science can fill the gap. For instance, empathy, a soft skill, can have concrete effects on the way teams work. Recent research shows that constantly tracking goals can cause more adrenaline in the workplace, and some organisations have completely abolished 360 feedback. However, the real impact is how the feedback is delivered. Neuroscience can help leaders to develop a more scientific, and softer side of human development.

Let us think of ways that we can improve how we manage our work?

That could be, promotion, a business, a project, a new job, being a mum for the first time. We all want to learn how to cope emotionally and build on our capacity to change and adapt to life’s many challenges.

Believe that you can change, and your grit will take you a long way.

Self monitor and assess how you are performing

Deliberate practice to be advantageous, your brain must be engaged and well-rested.

What will make you care more about the work you do? Build on resiliency by addressing mistakes, taking a break or restarting to increase chances of conquering difficult situations.

A major factor in goal-driven behaviour is in how you frame the goal.

If you frame the goal, with meaning, using positive words only, it can improve your level of confidence when tackling the goal.

Secondly, you can label the feelings you experience when you are tackling the goal.

Another great way to tackle goals is to personalise the goal, calling yourself by your first name, as this allows your brain to control your emotions effortlessly.

If you are unknown terrain, trying something new, you will experience brain distortion as uncertainty harbours a negativity bias. New things foster unnecessary dread, and the part of the brain that registers gut feelings, your emotional brain goes into overdrive and you only see a dark reality.

Here are two tips

Say this firmly out loud . My brain is overreacting because I am handling something unknown.

Add an element of certainty to your daily routine, so try doing things that calm you, or starting your morning with something for yourself.

Companies undergoing digital transformation often find employees who are resistant to change. Neuroscientists know that change throws the brain into chaos, called cognitive dissonance.

First, name the emotional price you have to pay for change. If we want successful changes to be made, you must first realise the necessary and unpleasant emotions you need to face.

Secondly, spreading alternatives, helping you to connect with your purpose. In Column A, list all the disadvantages of the old alternative and in Column B, advantages of the new alternative. Be authentic with this practice and build Column B until you are convinced.

Here are a few ways to Calm yourself and Prolong the Lifecycle of your Genes.

Mindfulness, not only quietens distractions, it helps you to reset to the present moment with more practice. A clear mind makes decisions with more conviction. You can sit still, or walk while focusing on something.

How are you managing dips in your energy?

Break the task down into sub-tasks.

Don’t let other people’s moods interfere with yours. Negative emotions are more contagious because we are naturally empathetic, but we might need to develop counter-mirroring techniques.

Three tips here – Anchor yourself on something happy before connecting with your sad co-worker.

Report the obvious and positive thing in the room.

Talk about the facts only, and stay clear of the emotional upset.

Block out time slots in your day to focus on your task, and to reflect on your progress.

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