Brains, Mindfulness & Resilience

As we learn more about neuroscience and mindfulness, we discover the connections to how they impact us as leaders to perform and also to change.

Leader's brainWe believe one key to innovating our leadership mindset and behaviors is to listen to leading thinkers and learn from them. Our Voice America series, Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations presents genuine conversations with these thought leaders. This resource is intended to offer unique, high value conversations and research.

These interviews are accompanied by blogs in the category brain science and mindfulness and resilience.

  • Interview Using Brain Science to Enhance Leadership Ability

    Gary Weber and Maureen Metcalf talk about leader ego development and development beyond ego through and how brain science impacts this development. When we talk about Level 5 Leadership from Good to Great – many people think of humble and tenacious. Building true humility is more than acting like you are humble, it is transcending traditional ego structure, a process that is foundational to developing into a “level 5 leader”. This development comes in part from cultivating an ability to rewire our brains. Gary will share his expertise on the following:

    1. When we talk about changing – you have mentioned some things change quickly and others quite slowly and the rate is linked to our survival. Explain how this relates to leader development.
    2. Why would anyone ever want to have a less ego-centered process? If the ego wasn’t necessary, we wouldn’t have one. Look how powerful our species has become…we dominate the planet. Why change?
    3. What is this process and can I do it?
  • Interview The Brains of Leaders Manage Your Thinking To Improve Your Effectiveness

    Gary Weber and Maureen Metcalf talk about some recent brain research and how leaders and emerging leaders can leverage this research to gain additional capacity and also what recent research is DISPROVING: busting conventional wisdom. As we think about the purpose of this show, Gary’s work is perfectly tailored to help leaders rethink how they lead and for some, as we look at the brain consciousness connection – what it even means to be a leader.  Gary also connects his work with the brain to promoting happiness.

    1) Why did you take up this work?
    2) What was the question you started with?
    3) Your bio says you did research at Yale. Tell us more.
    4) How can we become much more productive and less distracted.
    5) How do I stop the internal narrative in my head?
    6) How does being less distracted and managing my internal narrative help me be more happy?

  • Interview Mindfulness: Manage Stress and Improve Performance

    Maryanna Klatt is an accomplished researcher looking at the connection of mindfulness and performance across multiple populations and organizations.  The interview focuses on Maryanna’s work with mindfulness based interventions and how leaders can use them to improve their effectiveness and encourage their organizations to use it to impact work groups beyond the impact on individual leaders. This concept is particularly important in helping leaders manage the stress associated with the volume of change organizations are currently facing and that leaders are responsible to anticipate and manage. Maryanna’s work is highly research based – Her program, “Mindfulness in Motion” is an evidenced –based approach to stress reduction in the workplace. Topics include:  1. Maryanna’s research findings.  2. Discussing specifics of what mindfulness is and how leaders can use as well as the results they can expect.  3. Balancing mindfulness practices to reduce stress and improve performance while minimizing time invested in the practice.

  • Interview The Vitality Map: The Foundation For Effective Leadership

    As part of the thought leader series, talks about the importance of vitality to leadership effectiveness. Physical health and vitality provide leaders a strong foundation to meet the challenge of stressful jobs and full lives. Deborah Zucker discusses how vitality connects to leadership then walk through the 9 keys to deep vitality with concrete examples. The discussion moves beyond a sole focus on physical health as the only key to vitality and explores topics such as living a life that is aligned with purpose. She explores concepts like curiosity and experimentation that enable leaders to craft programs that support their personal vitality and commitments. Her approach makes vitality practical for busy leaders who know they need to do more but can’t find an approach that works with their busy lives.

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