Tip #914: Stop Comparing Me to a Goldfish!

“Capture my interest and you won’t need to worry about my attention span.” Kushandwizdom I’m sorry, but I’m sick and tired of being told that a goldfish with an attention span of 9 seconds has a longer attention span than I do. It might be true if I were placed in a fishbowl with nothing […]

Tip #835:  Virtual Learning Success

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“Virtual learning, when done right, can be dramatically more effective than in person workshops.”  David Rock Our ultimate intent when we design and deliver training programs, whether face to face or virtual, is to change behavior. We want this behavior change to last and to quickly and easily come into play even when the individual […]

Tip #826: Training for the AGES

“I am still learning.” Michelangelo, age 87 We all want our training to stick and for newly learned knowledge and skills to result in positively changed behaviors in the worksite. According to the NeuroLeadership Institute, if we meet four conditions: attention, generation, emotion and spacing, we can activate the hippocampus. This is important because the […]

Tip #803: The Biology of Learning

“Learning is about biology.” James Zull I have been reading an intriguing book, The Art of Changing the Brain- Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning, by James E. Zull. Professor Zull is a Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University and the Director of The University Center for Innovation […]

Tip #801: Being an Adult

“Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange.” Robert Kegan We know that […]

Tip #797:  Learning Science Breakthroughs

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” Tony Buzan According to Amanda Moritz-Saladino, in an article most recently revised in 2017, there have been at least ten big breakthroughs in the science of learning. More information doesn’t mean more learning. The brain can get overloaded, so, to avoid that, we can chunk information, build […]

Tip #784: How is Your Physical Intelligence?

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“Physical intelligence underpins our cognitive and emotional intelligence.” Claire Dale, Patricia Peyton No, this isn’t about starting an exercise program. And yes, this is the first time I’ve heard of it. But I thought it was worth passing on to you. Physical intelligence is “the ability to detect and actively manage the balance of chemicals […]

Tip #747: Why Care About SCARF?

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“Many great leaders understand intuitively that they need to work hard to create a sense of safety in others. In this way, great leaders are often humble leaders, thereby reducing the status threat. Great leaders provide clear expectations and talk a lot about the future, helping to increase certainty. Great leaders let others take charge […]

Tip #703: Why Make Anti-Resolutions?

“My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.” Nia Vardalos Welcome to 2018. I hope it is kind to you. The media strongly encourages us to make positive changes in our lives in the shape of New Year’s resolutions. But Stephanie Vozza believes that the […]

Tip #700:  Do You Know Your Emotional Style?

“Rather than being a luxury, emotions are a very intelligent way of driving an organism toward certain outcomes.” Antonio Damasio Neuroscientist Richard Davidson spent almost 40 years studying the brain mechanisms that underlie our emotions. He determined that individuals have unique and consistent ways of responding to life experiences. These emotional styles are governed by […]

Tip #696: Did You Know Stress Heals?

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“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” Hans Selye It has been said that those who can’t do, teach. As a matter of principle, I disagree with this statement with one personal exception. People who know me well can’t believe that I teach stress management- but I do. And […]

Tip #682: Is Emotional Intelligence Always Positive?

“There is no separation of mind and emotions; emotions, thinking, and learning are all linked.”  Eric Jensen We have read about, learned about, and applied emotional intelligence in a variety of ways since Daniel Goleman first popularized it in 1995. Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as: “the capability of individuals to recognize their own and other […]