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
By doing the correct cognitive exercises, we are able to align our perceived reality and the true reality much more closely. If everyone in the workplace partakes in these cognitive exercises, everybody’s perception of reality starts to align. Then we can actively change our behavior to become 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. Isn’t it time your company joined the winners circle?
Contact me to see how we can build a cognitive training program that would suit your business needs.