Guest contributions:

04.22.13  Uncommon Leadership 

04.02.15  Switch and Shift  

05.13.15  Better Practice Team Performance

05.29.15  Better Practice Team Performance

07.08.15  Switch and Shift 

07.14.15  Better Practice Team Performance

10.05.15  Switch and Shift 

Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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The BRAIN Initiative (part 2 of 3)

Returning to the themes I’m most often asked about during Q&A sessions (emotional intelligence, reading interests, and social media) let me expand on what I’m reading.  And more importantly, why it even matters.   

23% of Americans read zero books last year. I find that to be a shocking statistic on so many levels.  Going just one day without reading seems incomprehensible to me.  But an entire year…?  That is tragic. 

I read both for pleasure and work.  And often times those are the same books.  But to answer the “what are you reading” question, let me respond in terms of fields of study rather than book titles.  Perhaps my answer will surprise you.

For the most part, I’ve stopped reading anything in the field of management and/or leadership development.  I’ve almost entirely migrated my reading interests to the brain sciences (molecular, behavioral, cognitive).  Think neuroscience, and allied disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, and the recent explosion in the study of happiness.  I’m excited to see what we’ll learn from the BRAIN initiative* and how that knowledge will impact the way we view other related disciplines.  Science has replaced the previously held position that the brain was a static organ with the concept of neuroplasticity, revealing that the brain changes throughout life. 

Scientific terminologies aside, we may be on the verge of understanding how we ultimately think, feel, act, learn, process, and connect.  And to the degree that the brain is truly plastic, we have the potential to learn, unlearn, and relearn.  And that changes everything.   “How you’re wired” may become the basis for every other conversation. 

*  The BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought. Source 

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