The Dunbar Number

Here's a factoid for you:  Brain capacity in social animals  depends on how much relationship information they need to manage.  "Relationship information" includes: remembering your cousin's names who is dating who whose kid is graduating, getting married, having a baby... who owes you $20 who supported you in a recent office conflict who helped you paint your house who visited you in the hospital who lied to you who lied to a coworker If you were a chimp, the ..

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Making Prioritizing a Priority

   While enjoying the power outage vacationing in Bayfield, WI over the July 4th holiday a few years ago, I was able to finish reading David Rock's book Your Brain at Work.  I first heard of Rock through his famous article The Neuroscience of Leadership. Rock got my attention in the book's opening "scene."  Emily is one of the book's two main characters.  She's in the first day of a new job after a major promotion.  Having arrived at work early, she sits down to prioritize her day, but finds ..

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Your Goal + Images + Your Brain =

About a decade ago, I trained with Maria Nemeth at her Academy Coaching for Excellence.  I still remember a class that went until almost 2:00 am one night.  Our assignment was to develop an important goal (or three?), write our goal statement and then scour through her collection of magazines hunting for images that resonated with our goal and with us. Amidst the scissors and glue sticks, the 40 participants sifted, cut and pasted our way to our collages.  Maria assured us that there was lots ..

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