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Management, Leadership and the Whole-Brained Approach

John Kotter, the legendary Professor of Leadership at Harvard University once said that in times of stability you could get away with a balance between management and leadership skills in your organisation of 80% management, 20% leadership. However, in times of change those percentages are reversed.

Since we are clearly in a period of change, leadership skills are at a premium. But what is leadership? What is management? And how do they differ?

In this article we look at the neurological differences between the skills of management and the skills of leadership. Based on data from numerous Brain Dominance questionnaires we also look at the way in which peoples' preferences can change with circumstances and how, as a result, our working environment can influence the way we think and behave.

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What is really going on inside the heads of children?


The fact that babies have a lot of growing up to do before they reach adulthood is obvious, what is less obvious is the growing up of their brains.

Contrary to popular opinion, our brains are not yet fully formed at birth, they continue to grow, develop and change. In one famous case that illustrates this point, a baby had an eye bandaged due to a minor injury for two weeks during what turned out to be a rather crucial period of its development. As a result, the brain received no information from that eye so severed the links to it. The result was that the child is now blind in one eye even though there is nothing wrong with it.

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We’ve all forgotten a birthday, lost the car keys or arrived in another room in the house only to realise that we can’t remember what we came for; but why is it that we can be so good at remembering some things while so bad at others? More...

Book review - Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

As a companion to the article "What is really going on inside the heads of children?", Joseph LeDoux's excellent book describes how nature and nurture combine to make us the people we are. More...

Optimists see more

Apparently, being in a good mood makes your brain more sensitive to visual information. The result is that you actually see more than when you are feeling less positive. Interesting, but so what? More...

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