A New Way to Look at Abrasive Leaders: How Can Neuroscience Help?

My main career focus has always been difficult change (different angles, not just the abrasive type) but this territory is so misleading and important that it's worth dedicated attention. I recently came across a great article by Jordan Goldrich (find it here) and thought it might be best to share specific situations that may help make some critical points... 1. A COO in a client organization was put by his CEO in an impossible situation so that the CEO wouldn't have to hold people accountable himself. This COO was the only one pushing others on the senior leadership team to "align with the real world" and with corporate policies, and was really the only strong pillar standing when it came t

The Meeting Point of Difficult Change and Neuroscience: About Unlearning

Imagine heavy chains pulling you down and keeping you in place. It's a bit dramatic perhaps, but not that far off when you consider the impact that not managing Unlearning has on our ability (or inability) to adopt new ways of doing things. A few years back, a friend shared with me a great clip that illustrates the power of preexisting patterns and why the need to manage Unlearning is so important: Not all change is created equal. When change requires unlearning, the presence of preexistent patterns will make change difficult. How Does Understanding Unlearning Help Us Overcome Difficult Change? ​ Not all change is created equal. When change requires unlearning, the presence of preexistent pa

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