London cabbies prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks
In his article ‘How lifting the lid on the brain can help you rethink the way you train and motivate staff’‘ Robert Jeffrey outlines five neuroscience concepts you need to understand.
For me the best one was:
Our brains never stop growing - It has been a long held view that our brains were fully formed by the time we reached our early twenties and after that we were all on the decline! Not so; apparently the rate of formation of new links between neurons may slow down; but it never switches off.
This has huge implications for coaching and development and inspires me to continue to look at different ways of helping people improve whatever their age.
The other concept I liked was:
The power of thinking without thinking. This is about solving our most difficult problems when we are not trying. Our conscious mind is excellent at analytic and convergent thinking but it is our ‘other than conscious’ mind that works behind the scenes and gives us those light bulb moments.
This,coupled with the fact that plenty of sleep and chocolate is good for you gives me some great fuel to make 2014 my best year yet!