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Latest thought leadership – Neuroscience

September 14th, 2015

For the past 18 months I have been expanding my own experience by learning about how insights from the study of neuroscience can help to understand people. I have been working with (well, learning from) Clive Hyland from try making sense. Clive is able to call on 30 years direct experience of leading, managing and supporting businesses, including roles as CEO and COO of substantial corporate organisations. Over the last 10 years he has worked primarily coaching Business Leaders and their top teams and supporting them to lead strategic business and cultural change. He specialises in offering neuro-scientific insights to bring a fresh and powerful understanding what it really takes to get the best out of people and organisations.

His unique proposition is his ability to bring this business experience and neuro-scientific insight together to create client value and business growth. I have seen and been part of how this works in practise and it is extremely powerful! Now I’ll try to explain in my language so bear with me.

Through his extensive research Clive has found a way to explain the science of human behaviour which is easy to understand and compelling for anyone managing (or just working with) people.

In simple terms the model draws out the behavioural implications of each of the three regions of the brain:

  • the Thinking brain
  • the Feeling brain and
  • the Knowing brain

and provides examples of the types of professions that appear to be dominated by each style, for example:

The thinking brain is where rational processing, structure and logic are prevalent, solicitors, accountants, medical practitioners and researchers would be primarily categorised here given the need for these traits in these professions. People operating in think will be very objective and can sometimes be seen as clinical.

On the other hand the feeling brain is much more volatile as this is where the brain is connected to the senses and to the heart, in the world of energetic connection. Professions associated with the feeling brain will be carers, nurses, artists, musicians, design (some HR!!) whose capacity for empathy creates connections with their clients and may express their passion through their art forms.

Then there is the Knowing brain sometimes referred to as “the reptilian brain”, this is where instincts come into play, it is the core of our subconscious, where we operate well away from thinking. We recognise the knowing brain as decisive, powerful, fast and certain, but is also the area where we can be quick to stop listening and to alienate others through the stubbornness of our position. You won’t be surprised that typically CEOs and Directors will be primary Knowers.

Inspirational, right?

Anyone who is seeking to develop will recognise that the first step is to learn about themselves.

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A lot to take in in one blog but it is truly fascinating and can provide superb insights; if you would be interested in talking to Clive get in touch.

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