Your divided brain

Put the three parts of your brain back together and pause to admire them Imagine you are a magician doing a trick with an orange, which you have secretly cut in half beforehand. You tap the orange and it magically falls neatly into two halves, a right and a left hemisphere, before an astonished audience. Imagine your brain falling into two halves, with the same startling effect. The ancient Egyptians first noticed that the left side of our brain appeared to control the right half of our body,...

Mens sana in corpore sano

Schools the world over have long sought to develop both mental and physical wellbeing, many of them even using the above quotation from Latin poet Juvenal as their school motto a healthy mind in a healthy body. In the high street, gyms and fitness centers are now widespread, but much of the business world has been slower to catch on. As well as keeping you generally healthier, physical exercise especially aerobic exercise helps you to relax and to recall things. It reduces stress by triggering...

Figure 2 The four quarters of the brain

I have deliberately used two kinds of language in Figure 2. The first set of words is neutral, while the second and third are more obviously biased, the kind of things you might hear in an office or from teenagers at home Throughout Power Up Your Mind, you will be finding out about ways of analyzing yourself as a learner. It is very important to realize that there are no right or wrong ways of approaching life and learning. Each is equally valuable. Each characteristic is capable of being...

Raising selfesteem

In an emotionally confusing world, maintaining your self-esteem is sometimes a hard task. Indeed, the concept of self-esteem needs some further explanation, for it is at the root of why so many people feel that they are not ready to learn. It is a hugely complex area with which, as a global society, we are only just beginning to get to grips. Self-esteem how much you value yourself is slippery stuff. One day you feel great. Then you lose your job or something devastating happens in your...

Learning styles and meetings

One moment where people's learning styles are particularly apparent is during meetings, as the two contrasting meetings in Annie's day in Chapter 1 made clear. Using the Honey and Mumford learning styles, you can see how the different types might react Activists are the last to settle down at the start of a meeting. They want to brainstorm everything and are always reluctant to read any papers that have been tabled, preferring to talk about the practical issues being raised. When issues of...

Reading your own moods

Thinking about stress in the abstract is a difficult thing to do. It is much easier to describe your own mood at any one specific moment. Try this activity right now. What kind of mood are you in Use the mood meter overleaf to A gauge how you are feeling. If you are running a meeting or seminar, it may be helpful to find out where your participants would position themselves on this meter. If they are down toward the bottom, then you will need to have strategies for dealing with them They will...

Put this book down for a second and try some freenoting Write down whatever comes into k your head from reading this

Whichever style of note taking you choose to adopt, it is important that you make the notes yourself, as this is a key element of the engagement process. Using highlighter pens to focus on the things you want to remember. Creating patterns or charts to capture relationships between items. Using sticky notes to break up complex information into smaller chunks. In the context of the workplace, there are some very simple ways of helping everyone to remember more by creating a number of templates...

Understanding how your memory works

Before you attempt to grapple with the science of memory, it is important to remind yourself that there are two different elements of what most of us think of as memory 1 Fixing the memory in the first place. 2 Recalling the memory when you need it. What is actually going on in your mind when you are using your memory is, not surprisingly, extremely complex. Rather than focusing on any one single area, scientists increasingly think that a number of different ones are involved, often almost...

The 5 Rs

Contrary to what you may have been taught at school, being good at the 3Rs Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic will not be enough for you to get very far today. While everyone certainly needs these basic skills, in the era of lifelong learning there are a much broader set of dispositions that we all need to have. These are the 5Rs Resourcefulness, Remembering, Resilience, Reflectiveness, and Responsiveness. These new skills are explored in Parts II and III of this book.

Maryjo Scrivani

This book could not have been written without the loving support of my wife, Henrietta, who read every page of the manuscript and helped me to say what I meant, nor without the many practical insights I have gained from my son, Thomas. I am particularly grateful for all those who have allowed me to interview them in depth Sir Bob Reid, friend and one of the most experienced business leaders I know Joyce Taylor, Managing Director of Discovery Networks Europe Lord Marshall, Chairman of British...