The Neuroscience of sharing stories, examples, and even case studies (when done the right way) is important in the context of difficult change because it has the capacity to solve difficult change challenges like getting buy-in, bridging the knowing-doing gap, change acquisition, minimizing resistance and much more. Here is a wonderful quick article about how sharing stories and examples works from a Neuroscience perspective and why it is such a powerful tool when it comes to
A little while back, Christina Rundcrantz shared this video with me in the context of a different article and I feel it is brilliant and worth seeing, especially now... More and more, science is teaching us that low movement, over consumption of sugar, reduced sleep, and other such habits are influencing our productivity. Our memory, concentration, creativity, all suffer and are diminished while our depressive and anxiety increases - not just momentarily but in physically mar
Memory is a big term...when it comes to change acquisition (adoption, implementation etc.), very specific types of "memory" related to our experiences are the foundation of why we respond and think the way we do. To change behavioral patterns and thinking habits, we need to "revise" the links between experience-related events and the meaning we assign them. This absolutely brilliant explanation by Murali Doraiswamy explores how in many cases, memories do not exist as stagnant
A great "handy" model of the brain that illustrates the interactions between our limbic system and the prefrontal cortex - in case you haven't seen it before. In the context of difficult change this is a super important illustration because once we neurocept (appraise) threat, danger, or discomfort we may "flip the lid", the brain is no longer integrated and we need effective subconscious/ implicit skills to bring the brain back to an integrated state (where our prefrontal co
From a Neuroscience perspective, people who can recognize their emotions (find themselves feeling a wider range of them, not just the basic ones like fear, anger, disgust, sadness, shame joy, love, trust, and surprise) are better equipped to cope with their emotions, recognize emotions in others, and respond effectively. Ask yourself...how many of these emotions do you recognize yourself feeling in different situations?
We tend to think of storytelling as a wonderfully engaging communication tool (when used properly :)). While that's true, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the powerful impact of storytelling (or example-sharing/case studies etc.) from a Neuroscience and difficult change perspective. Consider this...the link we make in our brain between events and the meaning we assign them literally forms who we are. From a Neuroscience perspective, when stories are constructed a certai