Manage your brain

It all starts by teaching your staff to manage and optimize the one thing that you probably never think about your brain.

Training and toning your brain re-engineers your neural networks. Networks that your brain has been building since your infancy and which define how your perceive reality. In a culturally diverse work environment, this perception of reality is the underlying cause of most workplace stress and discontent.
Using personal experiences and the latest findings of neuroscience the Essential Knowledge Co. helps you and your staff to understand how your brain sees the world. This allows you to build bridges between different perceptions of reality and to recognize unconscious and harmful thought habits.
Cognitive training is central to the improvement of every aspect of your business and personal life.
These cognitive exercises are simple and can be easily implemented in the workplace. Some of the world’s biggest and most successful companies; Google, Black Rock, Apple, Nike, AOL Time Warner, Yahoo, Deutsche Bank, and Procter & Gamble,  are already drawing on the incredible benefits of having a calm, considerate, focused, and creative workforce that a cognitive training program results in.

Manage your reality

As a manager of people, you may often find yourself confronted with points of view that seem to you to be unrealistic. No matter how you may try to convince your employees to be realistic, you may often find that you are unable to make them change their minds.
This may lead to unpleasant confrontations and lingering stress in the workplace. This can be resolved by understanding how the brain perceives reality.
Our perception of reality is second-hand. Using information received from our senses and converting it to electronic impulses, the brain reconstructs the reality around us, inside our heads. You do not see the sunrise; you see your brain’s version of the sunrise. You do not hear the music; you hear your brain’s version of the music.
The problems in society arise when the information that the brain uses to reconstruct reality does not remain in an impartial and objective state; it is judged and filtered by the neural networks of the brain. Due to how our neural networks are constructed, through genetics, environment, socialization, and personal life experiences, each of our neural networks is unique. Because each of our neural networks is unique, each of our perceptions of reality differs slightly, and none of them mirrors reality exactly as it is.
When we ask our employee to be realistic, what we are asking them, in reality, is to accept our own perception of reality. As our perception of reality is as illusionary as that of the employee, you can start to see the impossible task we are asking of them.
However, neuroscience has discovered that we can modulate our neural networks and therefore modulate our perception of reality.

 Manage your emotions

Because we have not known how our brains work until fairly recently, most of us were never taught to use our brains optimally.  This is the main cause of emotional friction and upset in our lives.
Through the work of neuroscience, we are discovering training methods that are simple and can be applied in the workplace to create emotional harmony, even between the most diverse groups of people.
The disharmony in diverse groups starts with our emotional reaction to events. Different events trigger different emotions. While our independent emotions are not unique. Our emotional triggers are.  What is funny to one may be deeply insulting to another.
What neuroscience has found is that, just as we do specific exercises to strengthen certain muscles in our bodies, so there are specific cognitive exercises that strengthen and tone specific brain functions. Recent work of neuroscience is showing that the effects of brain training are measurable after a few hours of mental exercise.
The emotional centre of the brain is particularly receptive to cognitive training. In this training session, your staff will discover that their emotions are regulated by two pathways, the upper and the lower. Mainly we use the unconscious lower pathway, which results in an emotional response that is instinctive, reactive, and tends negative. The lower pathway regulates the classic fight, flight, or freeze reactions. The upper pathway is conscious and results in an emotional response that is considerate, proactive, and tends positive. The upper pathway regulates the higher emotions of tolerance, forgiveness, and empathy.
By using simply cognitive training techniques that can be practiced, and perfected, right on the shop floor, even the most diverse groups can learn to modulate and control their emotional response to one that is beneficial to all concerned.

Brainstorming facilitation

To discover if your brainstorming sessions are functioning in this optimal state, ask if the group members finish each other’s sentences, generously augmenting the ideas of others, or does the session often end in unspoken dissent? Does everybody participate enthusiastically, sharing their ideas with confidence, or is the group often usurped by one negative voice? Do the participants become unfocused after half an hour, constantly returning to their own agenda and not the future of the company? Do you sometimes wonder if it is even worth the trouble of having brainstorming sessions at all?
This is the result of incorrect preparation for the group session. When we are preparing for a physical challenge such as a marathon, we would not think to proceed without preparing our bodies optimally for the event. We would not think to spend the weekend or night before the event consuming food and drink that would reduce the performance of our bodies.
A brainstorming session is an endurance event for the brain; to achieve the optimal brain function during the event, the proper training, preparation, and pre-event behavior is as important as that for a physical event.
In facilitating your brainstorming sessions, the Essential knowledge Co. ensure that all the individual members enter into the session with their brains fully primed, fit, and ready to tackle this endurance event with the positive mindset, stamina, and focus of a top athlete.

The Essential knowledge Co. courses for business are designed to suit your specific needs. Make contact to discuss your requirements.

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