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The inner workings of the executive brain

The inner workings of the executive brain | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
New research shows that the best business minds make decisions very differently than we thought.

Via Susan Bainbridge
Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, April 29, 8:35 AM

Most of us assume that when we try to solve problems, we're drawing on the logical parts of our brains. But, in fact, great strategists seem to draw on the emotional and intuitive parts of their brain much more.

Pierre Gauthier's curator insight, April 29, 2:33 PM

This is an excellent summary of research on problem - solving and the brain.  Huge implications for all leaders.  And the role of attention control is undeniable. A good read. 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 24, 1:06 PM

Good WSJ article on leadership and decision-making: "Take much of what you know about how  executives make decisions. Now, forget it." New brain research shows most of what we thought we know about executive decision making is wrong

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The Science Behind Why Great Stories Spread

The Science Behind Why Great Stories Spread | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
In the second of a two-part series Jonathan Gottschall discusses the unique power stories have to change minds and the key to their effectiveness.

Via Karen Dietz
Linda Alexander's curator insight, October 21, 2013 5:13 PM

This is important data for teachers to understand in terms of embedded learning and understanding.  

John Michel's curator insight, October 22, 2013 2:36 AM

 When we enter into a story, we enter into an altered mental state--a state of high suggestibility.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:55 PM

Many songs in particular Country or blues ballards tell a story often of love lost like "Me and Bobby Magee "..."

And so the discussion continues. Jonathan Gottschall writes his second blog post in his series about why/how storytelling works so well for businesses (and in general).


He does a good job in laying that foundation.


I have two thoughts for readers as they check out this post:


1. Gottschalk talks about story structure. Of course you have to know story structures to craft a good story. But structure alone won't make you successful IMHO. There's a whole lot more going on in telling a compelling story and structure is only one piece. Ask any creative writer! There are many different formulas. Most biz folks in the US are completely unaware that different groups/cultures have different story structures than what we see broadcasted on the Internet. Which in a global marketplace has huge significance! I'm not anti-story structure -- I just want us to understand its role better.


2. Stories and manipulation. Yes we are being influenced by stories -- and have always been. Yes we are being manipulated all the time. Yes, at some level we know this. No, access to information via the Internet and social media does not innoculate against this. Which is one reason why consumers are getting much more savvy about purchasing from companies who are socially and environmentally conscious.


Gottschalk focuses mostly on ads in this post. Ads are only one type of business storytelling however. He asks questions at the end, "Is storytelling really locked into a master formula?" No. 


Another question he asks is, "Hasn't the digital revolution paved the way for a new kind of storytelling?" and "Is it time for story 2.0?" LOL -- both remain to be seen and I look forward to the next post!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for the Just Story It curation on business storytelling"

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Neuroscience proves stories trump facts -- free download

Neuroscience proves stories trump facts -- free download | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

"So, if people are more likely to respond to a story, why do salespeople try to persuade customers with facts and figures?"


Hey folks -- if you want a quick and easy-to-digest post (and free download) of the neuroscience of storytelling, then go grab this article and mini e-book.


Author Michael Harris has put all the salient material together for us. It's perfect for trainings and workshops.


There are times when you audience does want facts. Just know that the order goes story first, facts second. That way you'll avoid endless debates, as Michael also points out.


If you want to dig into this topic more deeply, then read Kendall Haven's book Story Proof for all of the specific studies on storytelling and the brain.


Enjoy the rest of your day!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;

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How to Build a Happier Brain

How to Build a Happier Brain | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias

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David McGavock's curator insight, October 25, 2013 7:41 AM

"Hanson’s book (a sort of self-help manual grounded in research on learning and brain structure) doesn’t suggest that we avoid dwelling on negative experiences altogether—that would be impossible. Instead, he advocates training our brains to appreciate positive experiences when we do have them, by taking the time to focus on them and install them in the brain."

It is easy to forget how good we have it rather than watching for the next shoe to fall. Rick Hanson posits that that is due to the way we are wired; a necessity for survival. 

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Why Rituals Work: Scientific American

Why Rituals Work: Scientific American | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Recent research suggests that rituals may be more rational than they appear. Why? Because even simple rituals can be extremely effective. Rituals performed after experiencing losses – from loved ones to lotteries – do alleviate grief, and rituals performed before high-pressure tasks – like singing in public – do in fact reduce anxiety and increase people’s confidence. What’s more, rituals appear to benefit even people who claim not to believe that rituals work. While anthropologists have documented rituals across cultures, this earlier research has been primarily observational. Recently, a series of investigations by psychologists have revealed intriguing new results demonstrating that rituals can have a causal impact on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.



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MrAnalytic's comment, May 19, 2013 1:29 PM
Positive thinking, creative visualization. Conceptualized this out many years ago. Glad that the study is being done now : )
MrAnalytic's curator insight, May 19, 2013 1:30 PM

Positive thinking, creative visualization. Conceptualized this out many years ago. Glad that the study is being done now : )

Linda Allen's curator insight, May 19, 2013 8:41 PM

Great read..