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. It is an illusion created by our brain.
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 out of the fact that the information 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 center 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 classic fight, flight, or freeze reactions are regulated by the lower pathway. The upper pathway is conscious and results in an emotional response that is considerate, proactive, and tends positive. The higher emotions of tolerance, forgiveness, and empathy are regulated by the upper pathway.
My decade of road tripping the planet solo provided me with many highly challenging emotional situations that gave me the opportunity to discover this firsthand, and to learn to strengthen my upper pathway in natural and practical ways. Using this practical experience, I will teach your staff that every emotion is a choice, and you can choose to be calm, even in the most stressful situation.
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.
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.
Contact me to see how we can build a cognitive training program that would suit your business needs.