Posts Categorized: Science/Nature

Putting Servant Leadership into Practice: Empathy

EmpathyIs empathy the key to business effectiveness? According to several researchers, the answer is a certain yes. A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Economics Business and Management Studies revealed a direct, scientific correlation between the level of empathy demonstrated by business leaders and the level of leadership effectiveness.

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GETTING TO THE HEART OF TEAM PERFORMANCE

heart coherenceFrom the first crudely drawn heart-shaped symbols painted on cave walls by Ice-Age hunters, humans have been fascinated with the heart and its role in our health and well-being.

Over the past 100 years, medical professionals have made great advances in understanding and treating heart disease and injury. However, some of the most significant, and fascinating, research being done today focuses on Heart Intelligence – the physiological mechanisms that allow the heart to communicate with the brain. (more…)

WE FEEL YOUR PAIN

How to use neuroscience for better leadership

The Neuroscience of LeadershipBad days. We all have them. Sometimes it’s a single event that pushes you over the edge – a traffic jam, a missed deadline, or a tense conversation with your spouse. But sometimes it’s a pervasive pattern of events or behaviors that significantly impacts your long-term well being.

When a bad mood becomes chronic it can cause mental and physical harm – to you and others. In fact, neurobiological studies show that emotions are contagious. Leaders’ moods can actually alter the brain chemical state of their followers through a process involving the formation of “mirror” neurons. This means that those in positions of trust and authority can pass down hostility, anger, and depression – as well as joy, gratitude, and happiness – to their team. (more…)

Applying lessons from science helps us feel good – and that’s good for business

It’s not easy to achieve lofty goals if it doesn’t feel good getting there.  So clearly, it makes sense that work should feel good. Then why are so many people stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of fatigue and frustration? Why are so many in the working world – executives included – giving so much of themselves, but feeling disengaged and underappreciated? (more…)

What Business Can Learn from Sports about Mindfulness

sports and mindfulnessFrom jaw-dropping feats of athleticism to heart-warming stories of sacrifice – it was inspiring to watch Olympic dreams unfold in Sochi.  On a stage where winning and losing is separated by the thinnest of margins, it takes more than peak physical conditioning to bring home the gold.  The body and the mind must be in total coherence.  That’s why many top athletes – from snowboarders to NFL superstars – are moving away from tough-love, type-A training tactics and embracing a more holistic approach. (more…)

The Incredible Elastic Brain

elastic brainChange is inevitable, but also hard. We tend to get comfortable with the way things are and resist new things that require effort or challenge us. As business leaders, we know we must change to stay relevant. So why do we brace ourselves against change rather than embracing it?

Many of us think we can’t change, or at least not in any significant way. We might argue that, “We always do it this way” as we cling to our organization’s traditions. But science shows us that we are actually built for change. (more…)

That Is So Last Century

Are you running a 21st century business with 20th century practices? According to a 2012 Towers-Watson Global Workforce Study, most business leaders are.

Moving into the 21st century isn’t just about implementing the newest technology. From our perspective, it’s also about becoming quantum. Literally, shifting from behavior based on Newtonian physics (classical mechanical physics based on Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion) to behavior based on quantum physics. Did you think you escaped science class when you opted for biz school?  Sorry about that. (more…)