Keiron Sparrowhawk, author of Executive Function: Cognitive Fitness For Business says your processing speed is your ability to energize and enable sequences of tasks with fluidity, accuracy, and pace. He says in his book, as a leader, your processing speed helps you be the judge- thinking quickly on your feet, responding to situations, initiating new tasks, and communicating decisions.
Here is an extract from the book explaining this:
Processing speed allows you to respond with speed and accuracy, with smoothness and coordination. With this cognitive skill, you know when to put more emphasis on the speed of the task in hand versus the accuracy of it. When time is precious, you can make the most of a “quick and dirty” solution. You are out in front and frequently the first to make a comment, have a plan, and are able to assess the circumstances for a quick resolution or direction. You are decisive and you are the Judge within your company.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Meister Eckhart, theologian and philosopher.
Here’s an extract on the importance and impact of gratitude from Be: Become Your True Self, And Inspire Those Around You by Bahriye Goren-Gulek.
Gratitude is good for you. Before you think I’m being overly simplistic or even evangelical, it would be worthwhile to look at all the scientific research and results that confirm this statement.
She says on average, we meet about 200 to 1000 new people a year. So our total number of contacts is not limited by our failure to meet new people, but by our brains, which cannot cope with so many relationships.
Here are a few tips from The Networking Book:
Tim Johnson, author of The Success Books says when we become fearful or concerned we naturally contract and our breathing becomes higher in the chest and shallower. By taking a few deeper breaths, we naturally tell the body that it’s ok. In fact, it has been shown that if you exhale for longer than you inhale, it has a natural calming effect on the body and the mind. Here are some tips from the book.
One approach outlined in Ivan Tyrell’s book, Human Givens: a new approach to emotional health and clear thinking is breathe in to the count of seven and breathe out to the count of 11. If that is too much of a stretch, change the numbers to five and eight, for example. Try it right now, for at least five cycles, and notice what happens. It works best if you close your eyes, breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.Â So how was that? Did you try it? If not, take a couple of minutes to experience this. Did you find it easy to drop into your body and let your mind settle, or did you notice your mind running off on a story- about how silly this exercise is, for example?
Many people today are looking at other ways to understand their thinking and have used techniques such as mindfulness. Keiron Sparrowhawk, author of Executive Function: Cognitive Fitness For Business and CEO of MyCognition says mindfulness can be very powerful . He explains in his book thatÂ through meditation you bring your mind and senses to consider your current situation; you bring yourself Â to “now”. Mindfulness brings your mind to the present and effectively says, “Here and now you are in a good situation, so stop worrying about the past and the future.” The technique works for millions of mindfulness practitioners, but be careful, there may be a price to pay for being in the “now”. Here is an extract from his book explaining why.
Episodic memory is your ability to recall specific events and to recall the outcomes, the people, and places associated with those events. It is your wisdom and increases as you go round the block a few times, building your experience reservoir as you go. However, with a strong episodic memory you find you accumulate the wisdom quicker than your peers. You are the Curator of your company’s values and knowledge.
Here’s an extract taken out from Dedication: The Huawei Philosophy Of Human Resource Management by Huang Weiwei, which explains the successful hi-tech enterprise’s internal practise.
Good managers emphasise facts, stick to principles, and look out for their subordinates. They don’t do things simply to please their managers. We need to watch out for those who try their best to please their managers, because they are looking out for their own interests rather than the company’s. We’ve seen this all too often before.
(Ren Zhengfei: Being Mentally Dedicated and Trying your Best To Successfully Complete Your Work, 1996)
Trendspotter, futurologist and author of The Future Book, Magnus Lindkvist says in the short-term, nothing is possible and every new idea is seen as somewhat stupid and possibly dangerous. Here is an extract from the book explaining his point.
This is what inventors and pioneers have historically had to withstand all kinds of abuse. We are condemned to live in a prison of the present where the walls are made of myths about how fantastic our modern world is and how dangerous it would be to venture beyond it. It’s very difficult to escape this prison. Most of what we think and feel is connected to the here and now. Most of us choose a life of convenience where we are fairly popular, fit into society’s norms and enjoy the company of friends every now and then.
“A dialogue Is more than two monologues.”
Max M. Kampelman (1920- 2013) Former head of USA delegation to negotiations with the USSR nuclear and space arms 1985-1989
Once weâ€™ve identified the right people to address in our marketing activities, we must then build a powerful dialogue says Javier Sanchez Lamelas in his book, Martketing: The Heart and The Brain of Branding. He says a good brand dialogue observes certain conventions to create a meaningful relationship. These conventions arenâ€™t any different from those that guide relationships between people. At the end of the day, keep in mind that the brain does not differentiate between brands and people when generating an emotional response. Here are nine steps Javier always keeps in mind when building dialogue with his audience:
1) Define who you are
What is your brand personality? What kind of values do you stand for? What are your beliefs? and what is your point of differentiation versus the other guy?
2) Avoid nonsense and marketing jargon when building your brand idea
Marketing should be clear and compelling to start with. It has to inspire new and powerful thinking, If not, it is a waste of time and resources.
Phil Dobson, author of The Brain Book and Founder of BrainWorkshops, a leading consultancy in the field of brain-based training says learning new things keeps your brain young. Here’s an extract from his book explaining how.
Life’s Learning Curve
Consider life’s learning curve. When you were born, your brain cells were largely unconnected. Over the first two years of your life, they started to connect rapidly as you adapted to novel motor and sensory information. Over this time you formed as many as two million new synapses (connections) every second, until you had about 1,000 trillion of them.
By your second birthday, your brain had tripled in size and actually had more synapses than you do now. Then you began a process of synaptic ‘pruning’: some connections were removed in order to strengthen others. In your teens, your brain underwent a second period of rapid growth and neutral reorganisation. It wasn’t until your mid-twenties that your brain was fully developed.
Nicklas Bergman, futurist, serial entrepreneur, tech investor and author of Surviving The Tech Storm says the future is not what it used to be. Stick with us for regular insights from Nicklas’ book and updates from his keynotes around the world. Here’s a quick teaser from the expert himself.
Where will technology take us? Are we ready for what the future may hold? The possibilities are endless, and weâ€™re witnessing the dawn of an era where technology will redefine who we are. Itâ€™s no longer just a question of what technology can do for us, but also what should we allow technology to do.
In the coming decades society will go through a painful and challenging transformation due to the ongoing techstorm. With automation comes unemployment and a smaller tax base. Increased longevity means greater pressure on the pension systems. Easy access to our genetic information raises ethical issues of what we want to know about ourselves, and also what we want to share with others.