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You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: The Power of Neuroplasticity

Accordingly to McKinsey, only 30% of corporate change initiatives are successful. The other 70% fail.[1] Why? Because humans are naturally resistant to change. Changing the way we think or behave requires energy, and our brains conserve energy for tasks we perceive to be more urgent or rewarding. So unless a change initiative is borne out of a strong desire to address a threat or reward, our brain’s motivation to do the work needed to achieve sustainable change is minimal.

But that...

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Deal with it or park it.

Anytime you experience a setback that increases your stress, anger or anxiety, the ability for your brain to function optimally is at risk. That’s not only bad for you—packing around unsolved issues can have a significant impact on personal and workplace relationships.

My philosophy is simple: deal with it or park it. If you aren’t willing to deal with it (on your own or with support), then park it. Let it go fully and move on. Your inner voice might tempt you to do...

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Mindful Leadership – Are you paying attention?

As Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there.” The road to effective personal and organizational leadership success is largely based on the ability to direct attention—to learn, change, and achieve goals.

Unfortunately, research suggests that the ability to pay attention is on the decline. A study by Microsoft (May 2015) shows that human attention spans are now lower than those of goldfish, falling to 8...

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Management is a Component of Leadership

leadership management Sep 11, 2019

You lead and empower people. You manage and control the resources to enable them to succeed.

How are leadership and management different, and are they mutually exclusive? In my view, management is a component of leadership, and one without the other is inadequate. Leadership includes inspiring and empowering others to achieve a vision, and management involves the coordination of resources to realize the vision.

In my experience, a leader with a vision is just dreaming unless they have a plan...

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6 Powerful Benefits of Leading with Questions

The coach approach to leadership is based on the premise that asking questions of others is significantly more effective than telling others what you think, or what to do. Leading with questions has evolved from something I thought could be effective to something I know to be powerful in terms of fostering solution-based thinking, accountability, confidence, and action in others.

There are 6 powerful benefits of leading with questions:
1. Stimulates thinking (which helps construct ideas)
2....

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"A life looking into your phone is not a life," Michelle Obama

"A life looking into your phone is not a life," said Michelle Obama when she visited Vancouver this year. That statement resonated with me and comes to mind when I find myself scanning social feeds.

Unfortunately, technology is triggering the addictive centers of our brains and causing this animation to be truer than I would like.

#putphonedown

#screensaretimesuckers

#bepresent

#realtimeconnections

 


About the Author

Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC, CPHR, SHRM-SCP

As the founder and voice...

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Leadership and Motherhood

While enjoying a Mother’s Day bike ride with my family, I spent some time reflecting on the ultimate leader responsibility; motherhood. Mothers lead with heart and backbone, and embody all of the best practices of leadership including leading by example, collaboration, inspiration, and calibration.

Mothers lead with heart by loving us for who we are and encouraging us to do our best. On the other hand, mothers lead with backbone. They tell it like it is because they love...

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Some sage advice…

courage heart wise Jan 23, 2019

Wise words from my son Austin when leaving him at 1st-year university today: “Caring less may be a strategy for some when facing change, but not the solution.”


About the Author

Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC, CPHR, SHRM-SCP

As the founder and voice behind eLeadership Academy™, Sandra McDowell helps leaders and organizations increase performance and well-being by leveraging neuroscience insights to harness the untapped power of the brain.

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Why when I smile do you smile back at me?

asking connection heart Dec 01, 2018

Such a simple, yet powerful question asked to me by my 3 1/2 year old this morning at breakfast. So many great answers came to mind; from the simple to the complex. But most surprising to me, was the power of this simple question in terms of grabbing my attention, evoking my passion, and making me feel alive. Often it is the simple questions that elicit the greatest thinking.

Although my son had his own reasons for asking the question and was not asking with an intention to foster my...

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