How to achieve more with less

How agile brainpower can help people do things simpler, better, and faster. The workshop Carole Gaskell held at Coaching without Border (CHN) was absolutely fascinating on the topic of neuro-agility. Understanding and learning what we can do to make our brain work faster and more effectively.

According to the 8th PwC CEO’s Survey in Hungary top leaders says their number one focus area to achieve growth is operational effectiveness. Do more with less (less people, less time), which is about doing things simpler, better and faster. In organisations today we talk more about agile operation, processes and less about agile people, agile behaviours.

How can people become more agile?

„The ability to learn faster than competitors maybe the only sustainable competitive advantage.„ Arie de Geus

Why brain agility is important?

  • Simpler – We process 30x more information today than 20 years ago
  • Better – 80-90% of serious injuries and accidents attributed to human error
  • Faster – 60-70% of current jobs are likely to be redundant in 10 years’ time

According to neuroscience our brain have unlimited potential, so there is no limitation who you can become if you understand, develop and utilise your unique brain power.

Also half of the future skills by World Economic Forum Skills Projection 2020 are brain power skills: Complex problem solving, Critical thinking, Creativity, Judgement and decision making, Cognitive flexibility.

We can measure and improve brain effectiveness that is called neuro-agility. The designer and founder of neuro-agility Dr. André Vermmeulen says: “knowing your unique neurological design and understanding the 6 drivers that impact this, is the key to neuro-agility, talent development, and performance improvement.”

What is neuro-agility?

It is about the readiness of the senses and brain regions to function as one integrated whole brain system, being receptive and responsive to receive and transmit bio-chemical impulses at optimal capacity under new and potential stress conditions. People who are highly neuro-agile have the flexibility to learn new skills, attitudes and behaviours fast and easy and unlearn old-behaviour patterns quickly.

Carole Gaskell brought us a tool that can measure our neuro-agility and build a plan how to increase our brain power in order to succeed.

7 Factors that impact our neurological design (you can be measured on)

  1. Relative lateral dominance – Are you dominantly using the left or right hemisphere of your brain?
  2. Expressive/Receptive – Are you using more of your front brain (expressive learner) or back brain (receptive learner)?
  3. Rational/Emotional – Are you more of a thinking person or a feeling person?
  4. Four Quadrants of the Brain – What is your unique preference of using the four quadrants the cerebral cortex?
  5. Brain & Sensory Dominance – The left hemisphere controls our senses on the right side of the body (right hand, right eye, and right ear), while the right hemisphere controls our senses on the left side of the body (left hand, left eye, and left ear).
  6. Sensory Preference – How much percentage do you use your visual (illustrations, pictures, textbooks, diagrams, patters), auditory (instructions, music, sounds, words) and kinaesthetic (moving, touching, doing, actions) senses?
  7. Intellectual Preference – How you are smart? What are your strongest intelligence preferences (logical, linguistic, visual, physical, sensory, intrapersonal, interpersonal, creative, naturalistic, musical, spiritual)?

Latest research says the average brain fitness is 48%, while ideally you would want to be nearer 80% brain fit.

6 drivers to optimise your brain performance (what you can do)

  1. Brain fitness – How do you use your brain hemisphere in a one-sided or two-sided manner?
  2. Stress – How stress impacts your brain’s performance? The stress is the brain worst enemy, stimulates chemicals that inhibit electrical transmission of impulses between brain cells. It can cause the non-dominant hemisphere to switch off.
  3. Sleep – Produces neurotransmitters for happiness and healing, create new connections, repair damaged cells. How sleep impacts your brain performance? Did you know that an hour sleep before midnight is worth to 2 after midnight?
  4. Movement – How much movement (exercise, walking, swimming etc.) do you have in your life? If you don’t exercise sufficiently your brain health and performance will be limited. Cross movements can help you to active both side of the brain.
  5. Attitude – Where are you on the scale of negative and positive attitude? Henry Ford said it once: “Whether you think you can or you can’t you are right.”
  6. FoodYour lifestyle and the food you eat have a direct influence on your information processing ability, emotions, health, concentration and how your brain performs. My thoughts and intake on this topic: http://beatakalamar.com/blog/craft-leadership/nourishing-the-leaders-brain

When you look at the 6 drives what could you do to increase your brainpower in order to become more agile?

Source: Neuro-Agility workshop by Carole Gasell at Coaching without Border (CHN)




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