THINK STRATEGIC

Strategists see what others don't see. Not everyone is a strategist.
In collaboration with the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT), we tested strategic decision-making with young executives. From corporates to entrepreneurs.  We wanted to know if strategic coaching can really alter the way we think strategically. So together we planned and strategised, moving departments around on a white board, trying to figure out what fit would work best for each exec.
Then we measured brain activity through EEG to see if alpha band activity would really increase through this exercise. And it did. The results were promising!
Companies who are strategic now, will be A LOT MORE profitable than those who are planning only for to...

THE NEW NORMAL – CREATING BALANCE

The world of work has changed over time, but nothing prepared us for what we are going through right now. We were almost dumped into a situation that caused a lot of fear and anxiety in most people. We are locked down and the number of global deaths are on the rise. Our team meetings take place on Zoom, Google hangout, Skype,etc. And screen time has gone through the roof.

 

 

For those of you who have children...

 

 

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THE 20% MORE PRINCIPLE

Perhaps you've had enough of this Pandemic. Maybe you are about to close your business or maybe you have been retrenched or you are not getting paid.

 

Or maybe you are thriving because you have seen an opportunity. The fact remains. The world has been through much worse and it has survived and also thrived.

 

Some epidemic facts:

    • About 5,000 years ago, an epidemic wiped out a prehistoric village in China.
    • Around 430 B.C. an epidemic ravaged the people of Athens and lasted for five years (estimated death 100 000).
    •  The Antonine Plague, which may have been smallpox killed about 5 million people in the Roman empire
    • The Black Death traveled from Asia to Europe and wiped out about half of Europe's population.
    • An estimated 500 millio...

EMPLOYEE CONNECTEDNESS

Employee Connectedness

Neuroscientists have discovered that oxytocin is related to socials behaviours like attachment, trust, and empathy.

Released by the pituitary gland, oxytocin has long been known for its involvement in childbirth and in helping mothers bond with their babies.

But what implication does oxytocin have for organisations, hoping for teams to cultivate and build trust amongst each other?

Researchers found that the hormone oxytocin is important in cultivating trust (Kosfeld M1, Heinrichs M, Zak PJ, Fischbacher U, Fehr E). Here human connectedness in the workplace plays a significant role.

On the flip-side, neuroscientist have found that the pain we experience when we are purposefully excluded from groups, is the same painful feeling we...

MIND YOUR MENTAL-HEALTH

Mental health is so much more than just thinking positively, keeping sane. Mental health is your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. For example, a hand cannot release a neurotransmitter to make you feel better. Only the mind can do that. In a time such as this, it more important than ever to look after your mental health. Overthinking the future, worrying about job security or getting stuck into bad habits have a negative effect on your mental well-being. Sticking to a routine, setting small goals and exercise play a significant role in keeping your mental health in "good shape". Now is the time to be innovative, think of new ways to run your business, your teams. I believe it is possible, do you? Mind your mental health!...

THE MIND AND UNCERTAINTY

We are facing uncertain times now with the outbreak of a pandemic and it will also not be the last time we face it. It really depends on how you deal with it. 

 

What is uncertainty?

 

Uncertainty is a lack of conviction/certainty. In the same category (as uncertainty) is doubt, doubtfulness, mistrust, question, skepticism, suspicion, and wonder. We are unsure of what will happen next.

 

How does uncertainty affect your mind?

 

Below is a picture of different brain maps.

 

 

Being held in the space of uncertainty for pro-longed periods of time, leads to anxiousness. Anxiousness is closely related to depression, and many times considered the antecedent of depression (in other words anxiousness leads to depression). You will see t...