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How does our Reward Centre work?

In this panel debate we dropped in on a few rewards: cash, self-harm (the reward being in the relief and not the trophy scars I suspect) and the abundance of food. Last Thursday I returned to the Royal Institute, the home of Science in Great Britain, to listen to...

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Is confirmation bias killing fair decisions?

Even the most altruistic and generous hearted can be seen lining their own pockets. Selection committees nominate familiar faces.  Peers gain favour by promoting Peers.  Conservative politicians are never brave enough to really close the economic gap between rich and...

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The new Dr Who; a giant leap for womankind

I am currently the only man on the delivery team of an international Female Leadership training programme.  The client is one of the biggest corporates.  The delegates are all female.  After 4 months in the role I am beginning to crystalise in my mind what female...

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Resilience….does it start in Mind or Body?

Learning & Development people are enthralled by Resilience right now.  Having attended a couple of lectures and a taster event it would appear that a definition is a slippery thing, let alone trying to develop Resilience.  So I decided to conduct my own experiment...

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Don’t be so dramatic, but add more drama

Not so long ago we were prey as well as predator.  It was at this time that our Amygdala, deep in both hemispheres of the brain, developed super sensitivity to sudden changes in circumstance; a loud bang, a menacing growl or a piercing scream.  We learned to trust our...

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Time to be brave & push the boundaries

Time to be brave & push the boundaries OK, we hear this all the time but I want to give strength to your bow.  By pushing the boundaries we drove sales up by 19% for one client.  19%!   We are all always under pressure to stand out, make an impact and be memorable....

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Influence Skills to die for

People with power and influence usually win.  And they seem to have something in common.  Is it confidence or cunning?  The ones with confidence seem to stumble towards success.  The ones with cunning make success happen.  They seem to be manufacturing success.  How...

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Personality Profiling training can help you read minds

Following our Personality Profiling training course I can read your mind Actually I can’t.  What I can do – and so can you – is make considered and intelligent assumptions about the way you are probably thinking based on my assessment of your preferred way of...

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Keep Mixing It Up transformational tips for trainers

Transformational tips for trainers #6 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Be fallible; do NOT have all the answers

Transformational tips for trainers #5 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Replace your BUT right now!

Transformational tips for trainers #4 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Familiarity Breeds Liking

Transformational tips for trainers #3 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Prime everyone for the energizing value of hard work

Transformational tips for trainers #2 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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Shut up and listen

Transformational tips for trainers #1 My job at The TeamWorks is to understand the brain for your commercial gain.  I scour studies in Psychology and Neuroscience to seek out snippets of information that will help us all improve communication, negotiation and...

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What has the conscious mind ever done for us?

A brief return to Philosophy to help Psychology fathom out the conscious mind “What has the conscious mind ever done for us?” Contrary to the comedic title this was on a complex philosophical debate at the Royal Institute of Great Britain.  Two psychologists and two...

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Why do we buy the dummy

And how to avoid it Playing alongside England hockey players I notice they don’t buy the dummy like the rest of us. Why is that? I see it in business communication, especially in negotiations, as well as sport. The very best performers seem to have so much more time....

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The Genomic Revolution

BBC World Service debate hosted by Claudia Hammond At The Francis Crick Institute I confess this BrainFood article is a departure from the brain specifically but worth being aware of and being proud of, if you are European.  Journalist and author Claudia Hammond lead...

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