TedX Video: Sebastian Seung: I am My Connectome

Over the years, working with a variety of organizations and teams, I have run into many myths in business. Some myths run deeper than others, other myths have led experts to design solutions that are less effective, and some completely block organizations from achieving desired results.

One myth that I have found interesting is that people [...]

The Lie of Most Leadership Books

In an article with the above title, published on CBS MoneyWatch, Dave Logan outlines the confusing platform set by most leadership books. The three most problematic leadership books, according to Logan, are religious leadership and self help leadership books. Logan’s main claim is that “leadership, like most fields, is made richer [...]

Change Systems Are Less Effective Because They Don't Follow Brain Rules

Research shows that very high percentages of change efforts fail. 70% of mergers and acquisitions lose shareholder value (KPMG Global Survey, A New Dawn: Good Deals in Challenging Times, May 2011). 68% of IT projects fail (Standish Group report, CHAOS Summary, April 2009). Most training fades away within 6 weeks ( John T. Wixted [...]

What's Your Team Brain IQ?

The first intelligence test was created in 1905 to determine which French school children were too “slow” to benefit from regular instruction. The idea was that children were increasingly able to learn difficult concepts and perform difficult tasks as they got older.

How quick is your team able to benefit from new opportunities and [...]

Brain Science and Changing People

Most people assume that executives can go to a presentation or be exposed to models, and if they understand those models, the logic and reasoning, they will be able to apply the needed changes.

Brain science says otherwise.

In the last ten years neuroscientists discovered that there are two very different systems in the brain: one for [...]

Politics and Conflicting Interests Preventing Change

When teams do not make needed adjustments, your organization is stuck, blocked from optimizing productivity or accessing its full potential.

Mark, the Director of HR and Operations for a large transportation company, couldn’t believe he drove two hours to attend the strategic change meeting. It seemed like a total waste of time. When the strategic consulting [...]

Can People's Personality Change?

Janet inherited her team from a previous director who managed the department for over ten years. As a director, she had the expectation that she would invest her time in promoting the department and in strategic issues, but instead she felt she was drawn into the nitty-gritty of production. “My team is downright lazy. I [...]

Accelerating the Acquisition of Skills

We tend to think of people who do not want to change as specific difficult individuals who block a team’s ability to optimize its potential, but in fact, in most organizations, 90% of the people in those organizations should be included in this category.

“The new team leader is phenomenal. Her energy and incentives have made [...]

Which Do You Prefer: Questions or Answers?

As a manager, when would you prefer to ask a question and when would you prefer to give answers?

Can you think of an example or a situation in which someone you know gave an answer when they should have been asking questions or vise versa?

The brain responds differently to questions and to answers. Questions [...]

Good Cholesterol and Good Resistance

We tend to look at strategic changes by using an organization wide lens. It goes without saying that if we want to implement new procedures or regulations we want EVERYONE to adopt them. Same goes for a new culture or the ability to adjust to a merger. The list goes on and [...]