2 comments to Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership

  • Thanks for this Jesse!

    I am a major fan of all things “mind”. Siegel, Goleman and Cozolino are particular fave authors in this field. This book looks amazing and I will hunt down Rebel Brown’s blog.

    Have you read The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin? I think that sometimes, in groups, the naysayers are just recognizing that there are other sides. The four player model http://mitleadership.mit.edu/r-fpmodel.php is one way to manage natural opposers so that their need for balance (or their drive to disrupt) doesn’t become disruptive. Speaking from experience here :-/


  • Thanks for stopping by Jamie and for your excellent reading suggestions!

    As Jesse so aptly notes, neuroscience is now putting the scientific evidence behind philosophies ranging from ancient Tao and Buddhism to modern day Law of Attraction and the Secret. It’s also explaining why those philosophies sometimes don’t work – because our unconscious mindware is in the lead and it’s not just a “snap your fingers” or “focus your conscious mind” exercise to change that programming. The great news is we can learn about and change our programming with neuroscience techniques. Even more importantly, as leaders we can learn to understand and recognize the innate programming in our teams = the meta mindware that drives so many behaviors. And then – we can lead around it.

    One note about naysayers – or mismatchers as I call them. There’s a program running to drive that behavior. So the simplest way I’ve found to stop the naysaying is to stop the program. How? Agree with them. That stops the program. Then ask a question – which triggers their conscious mind to take control. My usual approach is to agree, then ask what suggestions, additonal ideas etc. that they have. Works every time!

    Thanks again for reading and sharing!

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