Leading projects with the brain in mind: the Neuroscience of Effective Change Management

Josephine ThomsonChange is pain. Responses to change can range from frustration, anxiety, to fear and anywhere in between. Understanding how the brain responds to change and how to create the right conditions for a more productive response to change enables us to be more effective as project managers and change leaders.

Continuing this series on leading projects with the brain in mind, I have the great pleasure of speaking with Josephine Thomson on the neuroscience of effective change management.

Josephine is an internationally certified master coach and is well sought after on the global speaking circuit. She is the Managing Director of Accelerated Excellence, Performance Coaching & Leadership Development Specialists. She is also an Associate Director for Results Coaching Systems. In December 2005 she was awarded the coaching profession’s highest credential through the International Coach Federation, Master Certified Coach (MCC), and is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Neuroscience of Leadership.

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Josephine shares insights about:

  • The recent breakthroughs in brain research that will have the greatest impact on how we understand and approach change management in the future
  • Why project managers and change leaders should be interested in the recent findings in brain research and their implications for change management
  • What the latest brain research is telling us about why change is hard and what can project managers and change leaders do to encourage a more productive response to change
  • Understanding the basic anatomy of the brain involved in processing change and how the brain responds during times of change, crisis, and opportunity
  • The key ingredients to successful change processes and long term and sustainable change
  • Further resources to learn more about the Neuroscience of leadership 

More about Josephine Thomson:

Josephine was awarded Results Coach of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004 (from 1500 certified coaches worldwide) and was a State Finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards 2005. Josephine coaches leaders and executives on their competitive edge, leadership presence, transition strategies and personal effectiveness.

Having survived cancer twice, most recently a brain tumor in 2010, Josephine is devoted to sharing the learnings from her experiences for the improvement in the lives of others. She supports people in overcoming their fears and stressors; encouraging them to connect with life and powerfully express their true and authentic selves.

About Accelerated Excellence:

Accelerated Excellence was formed in 2001 by Josephine Thomson. Accelerated Excellence coaches people to take spirited action for creating a more sustainable way of living, working and being. Their professionals provide the motive, method and momentum to create meaningful change for you and your community.

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3 Responses to Leading projects with the brain in mind: the Neuroscience of Effective Change Management
  1. Catherine
    August 17, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    Josephine, I enjoyed reading your blog post about change.. change can indeed be pain!

    Here is a blog post you might enjoy reading, about something we call “The Piddle Principle.” http://project-management-blog.pmcampus.com/2011/04/15/successfully-implementing-change-management/#respond

    • Josephine Thomson
      July 18, 2012 | 5:12 pm

      Hi Catherine, thanks for your feedback. I tried to access this link, but it appears it is no longer available. Josephine

  2. Helen-Jane de CORIOLIS
    July 13, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Josephine, I really enjoyed your article and have just attended a presentation by David Rock a fellow Neuro-science colleague. A fascinating subject.
    I am doing an MSC at Oxford University on Leadership and Change Management. In am researching into the effects of a life changing experiences such as surviving cancer and how the “crisis” impacted their leadership style as a result of their journey. Would you be open to answering a few questions on how your journey has affected your leadership sytle, if at all.
    I am a cancer survivor myself and passionate about helping people with cancer to find out what the causes were, whilst empowering them to make the necessary changes to prevent reoccurrence.Thank you
    Helen-Jane

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Leading projects with the brain in mind: the Neuroscience of Effective Change Management

Josephine ThomsonChange is pain. Responses to change can range from frustration, anxiety, to fear and anywhere in between. Understanding how the brain responds to change and how to create the right conditions for a more productive response to change enables us to be more effective as project managers and change leaders.

Continuing this series on leading projects with the brain in mind, I have the great pleasure of speaking with Josephine Thomson on the neuroscience of effective change management.

Josephine is an internationally certified master coach and is well sought after on the global speaking circuit. She is the Managing Director of Accelerated Excellence, Performance Coaching & Leadership Development Specialists. She is also an Associate Director for Results Coaching Systems. In December 2005 she was awarded the coaching profession’s highest credential through the International Coach Federation, Master Certified Coach (MCC), and is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Neuroscience of Leadership.

The Interview

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Josephine shares insights about:

  • The recent breakthroughs in brain research that will have the greatest impact on how we understand and approach change management in the future
  • Why project managers and change leaders should be interested in the recent findings in brain research and their implications for change management
  • What the latest brain research is telling us about why change is hard and what can project managers and change leaders do to encourage a more productive response to change
  • Understanding the basic anatomy of the brain involved in processing change and how the brain responds during times of change, crisis, and opportunity
  • The key ingredients to successful change processes and long term and sustainable change
  • Further resources to learn more about the Neuroscience of leadership 

More about Josephine Thomson:

Josephine was awarded Results Coach of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004 (from 1500 certified coaches worldwide) and was a State Finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards 2005. Josephine coaches leaders and executives on their competitive edge, leadership presence, transition strategies and personal effectiveness.

Having survived cancer twice, most recently a brain tumor in 2010, Josephine is devoted to sharing the learnings from her experiences for the improvement in the lives of others. She supports people in overcoming their fears and stressors; encouraging them to connect with life and powerfully express their true and authentic selves.

About Accelerated Excellence:

Accelerated Excellence was formed in 2001 by Josephine Thomson. Accelerated Excellence coaches people to take spirited action for creating a more sustainable way of living, working and being. Their professionals provide the motive, method and momentum to create meaningful change for you and your community.

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3 Responses to Leading projects with the brain in mind: the Neuroscience of Effective Change Management
  1. Catherine
    August 17, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    Josephine, I enjoyed reading your blog post about change.. change can indeed be pain!

    Here is a blog post you might enjoy reading, about something we call “The Piddle Principle.” http://project-management-blog.pmcampus.com/2011/04/15/successfully-implementing-change-management/#respond

    • Josephine Thomson
      July 18, 2012 | 5:12 pm

      Hi Catherine, thanks for your feedback. I tried to access this link, but it appears it is no longer available. Josephine

  2. Helen-Jane de CORIOLIS
    July 13, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Josephine, I really enjoyed your article and have just attended a presentation by David Rock a fellow Neuro-science colleague. A fascinating subject.
    I am doing an MSC at Oxford University on Leadership and Change Management. In am researching into the effects of a life changing experiences such as surviving cancer and how the “crisis” impacted their leadership style as a result of their journey. Would you be open to answering a few questions on how your journey has affected your leadership sytle, if at all.
    I am a cancer survivor myself and passionate about helping people with cancer to find out what the causes were, whilst empowering them to make the necessary changes to prevent reoccurrence.Thank you
    Helen-Jane

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Josephine ThomsonChange is pain. Responses to change can range from frustration, anxiety, to fear and anywhere in between. Understanding how the brain responds to change and how to create the right conditions for a more productive response to change enables us to be more effective as project managers and change leaders.

Continuing this series on leading projects with the brain in mind, I have the great pleasure of speaking with Josephine Thomson on the neuroscience of effective change management.

Josephine is an internationally certified master coach and is well sought after on the global speaking circuit. She is the Managing Director of Accelerated Excellence, Performance Coaching & Leadership Development Specialists. She is also an Associate Director for Results Coaching Systems. In December 2005 she was awarded the coaching profession’s highest credential through the International Coach Federation, Master Certified Coach (MCC), and is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Neuroscience of Leadership.

The Interview

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Josephine shares insights about:

  • The recent breakthroughs in brain research that will have the greatest impact on how we understand and approach change management in the future
  • Why project managers and change leaders should be interested in the recent findings in brain research and their implications for change management
  • What the latest brain research is telling us about why change is hard and what can project managers and change leaders do to encourage a more productive response to change
  • Understanding the basic anatomy of the brain involved in processing change and how the brain responds during times of change, crisis, and opportunity
  • The key ingredients to successful change processes and long term and sustainable change
  • Further resources to learn more about the Neuroscience of leadership 

More about Josephine Thomson:

Josephine was awarded Results Coach of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004 (from 1500 certified coaches worldwide) and was a State Finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards 2005. Josephine coaches leaders and executives on their competitive edge, leadership presence, transition strategies and personal effectiveness.

Having survived cancer twice, most recently a brain tumor in 2010, Josephine is devoted to sharing the learnings from her experiences for the improvement in the lives of others. She supports people in overcoming their fears and stressors; encouraging them to connect with life and powerfully express their true and authentic selves.

About Accelerated Excellence:

Accelerated Excellence was formed in 2001 by Josephine Thomson. Accelerated Excellence coaches people to take spirited action for creating a more sustainable way of living, working and being. Their professionals provide the motive, method and momentum to create meaningful change for you and your community.

Contact Information

Listen now:

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3 Responses to Leading projects with the brain in mind: the Neuroscience of Effective Change Management
  1. Catherine
    August 17, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    Josephine, I enjoyed reading your blog post about change.. change can indeed be pain!

    Here is a blog post you might enjoy reading, about something we call “The Piddle Principle.” http://project-management-blog.pmcampus.com/2011/04/15/successfully-implementing-change-management/#respond

    • Josephine Thomson
      July 18, 2012 | 5:12 pm

      Hi Catherine, thanks for your feedback. I tried to access this link, but it appears it is no longer available. Josephine

  2. Helen-Jane de CORIOLIS
    July 13, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Josephine, I really enjoyed your article and have just attended a presentation by David Rock a fellow Neuro-science colleague. A fascinating subject.
    I am doing an MSC at Oxford University on Leadership and Change Management. In am researching into the effects of a life changing experiences such as surviving cancer and how the “crisis” impacted their leadership style as a result of their journey. Would you be open to answering a few questions on how your journey has affected your leadership sytle, if at all.
    I am a cancer survivor myself and passionate about helping people with cancer to find out what the causes were, whilst empowering them to make the necessary changes to prevent reoccurrence.Thank you
    Helen-Jane

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