Closing the gates… and unlocking your full potential

A healthy brain is a joy forever, but the average person uses only half the potential our brain can give us. The human brain is unnaturally big compared to our fellow animals. We are a real anomaly in Darwin’s theory, yet we survived using exactly this phenomenal thinking instrument. Especially people who live in big…

Tactical Tuesday: Determining factors in building a perfect team

Nowadays our data-saturated age qualifies us to inspect our work habits and office quirks. On corporate campuses and within university laboratories, psychologists, sociologists and statisticians are researching everything from team composition to email patterns, in order to make employees more productive, faster and better versions of themselves. Companies almost want their employees to be pre-programmed…

TWO THUMBS (part two)

KIDS AND CARS Two weeks ago I had the chance to have a meet ‘n greet with one of the leading authors on brain train and how to unlock your mental potential, Professor Dr. Theo Compernolle. During our chit chat moment we talked about a healthy way to deal with our connectivity (see two thumbs one) and…

The Perfect Team

One of our most popular programs is the Perfect Team module. A lot of organisations are searching for the explanation of the dynamics behind a perfect team. Darren Shand, All Blacks Manager at New Zealand Rugby Union, explains some of this theory in his article on leadership lessons. In 2004, when Darren became manager of the All Blacks, the team was…

I LOVE Conflict

The Importance of Conflict in Organizations Organizations devote huge amounts of money to conflict and communications: in trying to prevent it, and trying to manage it when it does arise.  So it is well worth devoting time to understanding this phenomenon that is conflict. Where does it come from? And why does it arise with…

Meditation doesn’t only reduce stress, it also literally changes your brain

Scientists gradually begin to understand the wholesomeness of meditation: more compassion, better quality of life and reduced levels of stress, depression, anxiety, pain or insomnia. The American neuroscientist Sara Lazar spent the past years doing elaborate research on the effect. The most striking finding was that the brain actually changes after 8 weeks of meditating,…

5 Ways to Combat a Professional Defeat

Some great tips by Brian Hamilton, chairman and cofounder of Sageworks. “For entrepreneurs, being discouraged from time to time comes with the territory. In fact, it’s virtually part of the job description. Entrepreneurship is filled with both peaks and valleys, but the valleys feel like someone has literally trounced on your body…while they were carrying…

The Route to burn-out

  Burn-out phases “Why should we do all the work, while she is at home having a holiday”, is a common remark from colleagues at work who clearly don’t know what burn-out is. We cannot blame these co-workers on their ignorance, since they don’t know what they don’t know. Our experience in burn-out prevention and curing is…

How Burn-Out is caused

> The root cause of a burn-out is always related to work. However, it is more complicated than just pointing towards your career. It is a combination of one’s personality, lifestyle, and control skills. Personality is the hardest factor to change. Because it is part of your personal evolution, which is a lifetime mindset and doesn’t…

The future of corporate leadership

The six stages of the leadership journey   Steering an organization on its unique journey towards its chosen destination is one of the biggest personal challenges facing all leaders. Why? Because internal and external issues will constantly change the landscape in which the organization operates. Navigating the landscape is widely recognized as the new core…

Mental health stigma silences employees 79% wouldn’t speak out

“The costs of mental illness to the economy are astounding… I urge commissioners and decision-makers to treat mental health more like physical health.”  –  Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer & Professor. According to the annual report by the Chief Medical Officer, mental illness led to the loss of 70 million working days within the UK during 2013, making…