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12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog

12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it

Read Montague is interested in the human dopamine system -- or, as he puts it in this illuminating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, that which makes us "chase sex, food and salt" and therefore survive Specifically, Montague and his team at the Roanoke Brain Study are interested in how dopamine and valuation systems work when two human beings interact with each other."


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A great resource of research that involves How Our Brain Works from TED Talks.

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Great videos and insights about how our brains work...

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Suggested by Maggie Roumain a colleague and former student who I trust as a source of information on brain research! 

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Beyond Why with Simon Sinek

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This is 2nd revision of Ozzie's post  with both of us collaborating on making more complete.It is in form I will share with my members. Andy Bourey

 

For those who didn't make the Chair and member gathering here's a good summary of Simon's thinking beyond why. He shared the thoughts that will be in his new book out in Sept. 2013.

 

There is much to think about. He reflects some of Lee Thayer's seminal thinking around Communication.

 

In the spirit of Chair collegiality
Ozzie
Group Chairman. Vistage 29
San Diego CA
ozzie.gontang@vistage.com
Cell.  619-895-9273 

 

Excellent Blog by Terry Morawski

Beyond Why with Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek led Thursday morning’s programming at the Vistage Think Big Conference in Grapevine, Texas, with a base of pop science and a healthy dose of common sense leadership. Sinek, author of the book “Start with Why” and Ted sensation(he has the 7th most watched video ever on the popular site), has taken a departure from his original work. The high energy Englishman is working on a new book focusing on the chemicals he says drive human behavior. Sinek’s new book is out in September, but he remains mum on the title.

 

Sinek boiled it down quickly, saying “What does it require to be a leader? Followers.” In other words, every organization has leaders. Truly effective leaders are less common. His current work revolves around what makes leaders, and their organizations, exemplary. He says our natural desire to be inspired by our leaders and to work cooperatively is not often met in modern companies. Sinek painted a picture of employees who are so unsupported and worried about layoffs that they are ineffective at their basic job requirements.

 

So, what is Sinek’s recipe for human drive? In a Q&A segment, he joked he studied anthropology in college and has no other credentials. I trust he’s being a bit modest, but it’s a good joke. He credited four chemicals that rule our behavior:

 

Endorphins – the shot of energy we receive to complete physical tasks. He said the feeling during exercise is the closest comparison in the modern world. Endurance can be a valuable skill in the business world.

 

Dopamine – the pleasurable feeling when seeking and receiving rewards. Sinek credits this to early man’s hunt for food. In the modern world, Dopamine is released when we check our cellphone or email, make a sale, meet a goal, or even eat and drink. Although Dopamine can lead to risky behavior, it is present any time you receive an anticipated reward. He encouraged leaders to be careful about which behaviors are rewarded because you will end up with a significant amount of that behavior. This can be selfish and not always a good chemical.

 

Serotonin – the chemical behind pride. Sinek tells us workers want the same type of safety and support from their company which they get from their family. He challenged us, “Stop saying your company is like a family, it is a family.” This is a selfless- good chemical.

 

Oxytocin – this is responsible for our feelings of love and friendship. Sinek says we must approach work relationships, especially hiring, with the same type of measured, emotionally-driven decision processes. To simplify, he values an informal dinner meeting to get to know someone more than a number-crunched, surveyed, and achievement-oriented hiring process. This is about trust and honesty and are they a good fit for our family. Not about reliability.

 

Must have a purpose, belonging and protection and metrics to measure progress. Oxytocin is contagious: Treat your people well and they will treat each other well. Good leader is a good parent and trusted. Leadership has authority without context- Crew has context without authority. “I intend” is a great concept instead of permission or authority. Give responsibility together.

 

Ultimately, Sinek put together a convincing argument for not forgetting the humanity of your employees. Too often, he says, we get focused on numbers. People are hard-wired, physically and emotionally, to want to work toward collective goals which they believe in. Unfortunately, building and maintaining these dynamic, honest relationships with staff and customers is hard work and must be adopted at all levels.

 

Perhaps his speech was best encapsulated in an African proverb he quoted,

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.”

 

Building a great company of people is about “Who Belongs” and “Peer Recogniton”

 

Cortisol is about Alert for danger. It is a bad chemical.  It causes stress and shuts down many things, including growth and immune system. Not belonging causes cortisol and shuts down Oxytocin, chemical of trust.

 

Sinek went on to say that if your employees children are failing, it could be your fault. Employees with cortisol can take it home and pass on to children. Employee surveys do not work. Do it personally!

 

To find out culture people look at the values. Personality traits that apply to all of them reflect the culture.

Posted by Terry Morawski on January 24, 2013.
Revised by Andy Bourey on February 10, 2013.

Tags: behavior, dopamine, Employee Happiness

 

Examples used by Simon of two companies whose leaders care and the ROI it creates:

 

Charlie Kim/Next Jump 

Barry Chapman/ Barry Wehmiller Cos. 


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7 Unexpected Benefits Of Sleeping Naked, Backed By Research

7 Unexpected Benefits Of Sleeping Naked, Backed By Research | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
It’s high time you ditched your PJ's and started sleeping in your birthday suit. See why sleeping naked is so much better for your overall health.
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Okay, I feel better now, and healthier knowing Sleeping Naked Research has My Back. Are You one of the 10% that Do? Yes or No.

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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up.

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To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging

To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Negative stereotypes about getting older can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. A few simple strategies can improve your mind-set—and well-being.
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how do you feel about aging?

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Hazel Gale Hypnotherapy: Sports Hypnosis & Psych Skills for Athletes

Hazel Gale Hypnotherapy: Sports Hypnosis & Psych Skills for Athletes | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it

Sports hypnosis is a fusion of sport psychology and hypnotherapy. Sport psychology is the study of people and their behaviours in sport and exercise activities. The sports hypnotherapist will use the medium of hypnosis (and self-hypnosis) to apply that knowledge for practical use. 

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Read further on areas of sports psychology and performance relating to:

Confidence

Anxiety

Self-Talk

Motivation and Goal Setting

Focus

Preparation for Competition

Technique Rehearsal 

http://www.hazelgale.co.uk/blog/2012/08/sports-hypnosis-psychological-skills-for-athletes/

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Unraveling The Surprising Relationship Between Mood And Productivity

Unraveling The Surprising Relationship Between Mood And Productivity | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Mood affects your productivity more than you realize, but a new app is helping employees take control of their emotions at work.
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Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie – Aeon

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie – Aeon | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?
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This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy | Big Think

This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy | Big Think | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Did you know you can rewire your brain? Neuroscientific research breakthroughs are revealing fascinating new truths about the malleability of our brains and, thus, the malleability of ourselves as well.
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Rewiring the Brain Infographic.

This is high quality and full of brain stimulating content.

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Athletes' Brains Are Two Times Better Than Non-Athletes' Under Pressure

Athletes' Brains Are Two Times Better Than Non-Athletes' Under Pressure | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Elite athletes are blessed with an area of the brain that performs 82 per cent faster than average under intense pressure, a study published on Wednesday claims.

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Want To Train Your Brain To Feel More Compassion? Here’s How

Want To Train Your Brain To Feel More Compassion? Here’s How | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Scientific evidence shows that we can teach our brains to feel more compassion, both for others and ourselves. Imagine how the world might be...

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Compassion is critical for success in business and in life

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The Five Secrets of Brain Health

The Five Secrets of Brain Health | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
The five secrets of brain health are simple daily activities that can decrease inflammation and clogged blood vessels and increase neuroplasticity.
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Brain health can be promoted with some attention to daily practices. The benefits are increased neuroplasticity, inflammation and immune system.

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Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

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Mindfulness provides us a way to self-direct our experiences in the moment, and thereby self-direct ongoing neuroplasticity in the brain.
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How Simplifying Your Present Empowers Your Future

How Simplifying Your Present Empowers Your Future | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
When your dreams are replaced by less-exciting responsibilities it can be discouraging. Here are three simple steps to reclaim your dreams and your sanity.
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Take action with small steps and narrow your focus.

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This Is Why You Should Sleep on Your Left Side (Backed by Science)

This Is Why You Should Sleep on Your Left Side (Backed by Science) | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Have you been sleeping wrong this entire time? Learn why this particular posture is key for good rest.
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Body positioning and Your Sleep. Which are You?

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8 Natural Ways to Increase Dopamine Levels to Boost Brain Productivity

8 Natural Ways to Increase Dopamine Levels to Boost Brain Productivity | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that our brain produces to nudge us into doing stuff. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional response, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.


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'Wiring diagrams' link lifestyle to brain function : Nature News & Comment

'Wiring diagrams' link lifestyle to brain function : Nature News & Comment | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Human Connectome Project finds surprising correlations between brain architecture and behavioural or demographic influences.
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Think Yourself Healthy: The Mind-Body Connection — Medium

Think Yourself Healthy: The Mind-Body Connection — Medium | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
How to help your healing. Just how much control could your mind really have over your body?
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Actions that boost BDNF Brain Health

Actions that boost BDNF Brain Health | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Actions that boost BDNF Brain Health - exercise, diet, stress management, intermittent fasting. The connection of a healthy lifestyle and brain health.
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The role of Brain-Derived Neurogenic Factor plays a significant role in regulating brain neurotrophins. The regulation of BDNF impacts emotional control of anxiety and depression, appetite and metabolism, and can be influenced by exercise, diet and how stress is managed in your day to day lifestyle.


Take Action on How You can  support Brain-Body Health.

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The Neurochemistry of Flow States, with Steven Kotler | Big Think

The Neurochemistry of Flow States, with Steven Kotler | Big Think | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Steven Kotler explains the neurochemical changes during flow states that strengthen motivation, creativity and learning.
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Two cups of coffee a day reduces risk of erectile dysfunction

Two cups of coffee a day reduces risk of erectile dysfunction | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
A new study has suggested that erectile dysfunction can be cured by drinking coffee
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What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25

What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25 | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
Most of our brain's patterns are solidified by our mid-20s, but it's possible to change your brain's pathways and patterns with these methods.
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Ways to Change the Brain:

Focused Attention

Deliberate Practice

Supportive and Positive Environment

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Headspace Blog: The mind-skin connection

Headspace Blog: The mind-skin connection | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
We delve deeper into psychodermatology with Dr. Claudia Aguirre.
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Connecting stress to Your Healthy Skin. 

Relax/Meditate

Promote a Healthy Gut

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Why Saying This Four-Letter Word Can Transform Your Productivity

Why Saying This Four-Letter Word Can Transform Your Productivity | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it

Perfectionists are often reminded that "done is better than perfect." But it turns out there’s another reason we should all try to create more "done" moments in our workdays.

Saying the word done can help you get more accomplished on your to-do list. "Telling ourselves that we’re done creates not only an emotional reaction but a physiological response as well," says Leslie Sherlin, a psychologist, neuroperformance specialist, and the cofounder of the brain-training company SenseLabs.


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When we are mentoring someone who has a pattern of being overwhelmed, helping them to see that a task or project is done and declaring that it is done is a very powerful tool.

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Really help!!!!

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This article brings up something we could all use reminding of sometimes! 'Done is better than perfect'.

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A Relaxed Mind is a Productive Mind | Mindful

A Relaxed Mind is a Productive Mind | Mindful | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
A steady dose of toxic energy from higher-ups will encourage valuable team members to update their résumés rather than their to-do lists.
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Productivity Challenges? This infographic provides practical applications and benefits of a relax mind and how this creates a state for productivity.

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Can I make my brain as plastic as a child’s? – Rebecca Boyle – Aeon

Can I make my brain as plastic as a child’s? – Rebecca Boyle – Aeon | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
A child’s brain can master anything from language to music. Can neuroscience extend that genius across the lifespan?
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