CORTISOL – GOOD OR BAD?

Cortisol is an important steroid hormone in the body, naturally secreted by the adrenal glands on a schedule throughout the day.

The release of cortisol is controlled by the hypothalamus (pituitary gland) It generally peaks at about 08:00-09:00. Throughout the day, cortisol levels steadily drop and reach their lowest at about 20:00-22:00 to ready the body for restorative sleep.

A cortisol circadian rhythm that is disrupted by chronic stress, both mentally and physically, can impair one’s ability to fall asleep or even stay asleep. Although stress isn’t the only reason that cortisol is secreted into the bloodstream, it has been termed “the stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the b...

DICHOTOMISATION


Dichotomisation, also referred to as all or nothing thinking refers to the tendency to evaluate one’s persona qualities in extreme black or white categories.

Dichotomisation is a cognitive distortion which means it keeps us from seeing the world as it often is: complex, yet full of all the shades in between.

Most of us engage in dichotomous thinking from time to time, but it becomes a cognitive distortion when we do it on a regular basis. Dichotomisation hurts your physical and mental health, sabotages your career and causes disruption in your relationships. 

Certain words can alert you that your thoughts are leaning towards dichotomisation. 

  • always
  • never
  • impossible
  • disaster
  • furious
  • ruined 
  • perfect

Practicing mindfulness h...

NEUROSCIENCE-BASED MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is a self-regulation practice that focuses on training attention and awareness. It is about brining mental processes under greater control.

Over the years we have seen an increase in the demand for mindfulness training. Just like emotional intelligence and coaching had become very popular in organisations, mindfulness has almost become the new buzzword.

When you look at mindfulness from a neuroscientific perspective, it brings a fresh, yet super dynamic perspective to managing self and others in the workplace.

You learn how the release of neurotransmitters and regulate component bands. You learn how cognitive clarities and cognitive distortions work. It becomes clearer how you understand mindfulness a...

NEUROSCIENCE FOR TEAMS

Why does your team need to know about neuroscience?

We are wired to connect. Understanding neuroscience and how the knowledge of neuroscience can benefit your team, gives you a competitive advantage.

A lot of how we connect with others has been lost through online mediums. Our ability to read others, building trust, establishing connections etc. Each one of us has incredible brainpower to connect. We also have power to distance ourselves from our work colleagues. As managers, if we don't pay attention to that, we lose productivity.

Reading an article about neuroscience is good, but completing an entire workshop for your team on neuroscience builds empathy, connectivity and team cohesion at a completely different lev...

INNOVATION

Innovation is a mindset, not a R&D budget. The key is in the type of people who join your organisation.

Innovation is also a strategic orientation that should be adopted in your organisation.

Studies show that around 65% of business leaders today still lack the confidence to stimulate innovative thinking. And... innovation has been proven to be a growth strategy.

Adopting an innovative strategy starts with the type of mindset you adopt as a leader and whether you would allow others who are better innovators to lead the way.

Smaller organisations are nimble and can therefore implement innovative ideas quicker. If you are not an innovative thinker, start employing people who are. Think about one new idea that you would imp...

LEARNING

Learning is a strategic orientation that many companies don't apply. For many they employ the right person with the right skill. And maybe send them on a course.

But learning orientation is not that. Learning orientation means your company's commitment to learning, open-mindedness and shared vision.

Commitment to learning is the value shared by your employees that requires them to develop an understanding for the causes and effects of their actions. Open-mindedness prompts your employees to use this understanding to challenge outdated and flawed mental models, seek improved ways of doing things, and explore external collaborative opportunities as part of enhancing competencies to achieve competitive advantage.

Shared vision i...

THE HEARTBEAT OF YOUR COMPANY

The heartbeat of your company is your clients. Without your clients you do not have a company. The heartbeat of your company is your products that match your clients' requirements. And without that you don't have a company. The heartbeat of your company is your employees who diligently ensure that your products match your clients needs.

The heartbeat is the connection, the link, the causal effect between the these three, and making this work. Keeping the heartbeat of your company means looking after your clients, your employees and ensuring the right product matches your client's needs. It is simple. Keep the heartbeat.

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...

 

 

CONTINUE TO LISTEN ON PODCAST 

(more…)