Category Archives: Neuroscience of Leadership

Why We “Choke” Under Pressure and How to Avoid it

  Dr. Sian Beilock, one of the foremost experts on the brain science behind performance under stress, explains why highly skilled people fail to perform their best when the stakes are high and everything is riding on their next move, in other words, choke under pressure. This is an extremely relevant topic for us project…

Herrmann’s Whole Brain® Thinking Model for Project Management

Ann Herrmann-Nehdi shares insights about Herrmann’s Whole Brain® Thinking methodology, a model that enables project managers to better understand and leverage their preferred thinking styles. Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO of world renowned Herrmann International, believes that projects often fail not because of lack of effective project management processes, tools, and techniques but rather because of the…

Leading the Emotional Brain: An Interview with Dr. Richard J. Davidson

Award-winning and pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson shares insights from his latest book “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” about a new model for understanding emotional styles. Competing priorities, goals, and mandates can put tremendous pressure on the project team and can often trigger strong emotional responses. Award-winning and pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Richard J….

Behavioral Project Management – a conversation with Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP

Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP, shares his insights on the case for behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles to deliver successful projects Benoit Hardy-Vallée says that projects often fail because organizations put more emphasis on rational factors than on employees’ psychological engagement — and the cost to organizations is enormous. Benoit suggests…

The Neuroscience of Change: a conversation with Walter McFarland

Walter McFarland shares insights on the latest neuroscience research findings that inform how we lead organizational change Walter McFarland believes that the emerging field of neuroscience may be a source of new insight into the theory and practice of organizational change. As neuroscience research increases our knowledge of the brain, information relevant to organizational change…

Change Takes AGES: A Brain-based Model for Making Change and Learning Stick

Dr. Tobias Kiefer, Director of Global Learning and Development at Booz & Company, on how to create brain-friendly change programs that stick. What’s the latest research telling us about how the brain wants to learn and process change? When Dr. Tobias Kiefer, Director of Global Learning and Development at Booz & Company, needed to create…

Leadership and the Neurobiology of Fear

Dr. Srini Pillay shares insights from his book “Life Unlocked” on the neurobiology of fear and how leaders can understand and overcome it to unlock their full potential In his book Life Unlocked, Harvard Medical School Assistant Clinical Professor Dr. Srini Pillay draws from the latest brain research to show how the biggest roadblock to…

How to Conquer Information Overload – A conversation with Dr. Joanne Cantor

Dr. Joanne Cantor shares insights from her latest book Conquer CyberOverload: Get More Done, Boost Your Creativity, and Reduce Stress. Do we own our electronic gadgets or do they own us? Dr. Joanne Cantor challenges how we think about our relationship to our smartphones, ipods, ipads, and other digital devices. Although these are great tools,…

Simple Meditation for Busy Project Managers

While it is now a common knowledge that meditation, even in small doses, can be an effective stress management technique, we project managers can find it challenging to incorporate it in our busy schedules. Simple Meditation for Busy People is an Audio Book in which Josephine Thomson introduces the concept of a simple meditation that…

Leading projects with the brain in mind: Building High Performance Teams

Jeff Richardson on how understanding the latest brain research can help Project Managers build and lead high performance teams. Jeff Richardson, of Empowered Alliances, believes that every team has the capability to achieve extraordinary performance results but so few ever realize this potential. Jeff is doing his part to change this. Continuing this series on…