A new landmark study by neuroscientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has uncovered the role of synaptic feedback systems in shaping the brain’s learning processes in the cerebral cortex. The cortex – the brain's outer and largest region – is important for higher cognitive functions such as speech and decision making, complex behaviors, perception, and learning.Read More
So many companies seem to have fallen victim to Corporate Anorexia (CA): blindly cutting resources to the bone with the noble aim of increasing efficiency at the organization. Most of us have firsthand experience of it. Unfortunately, this often leads to lower internal and external customer satisfaction, missed opportunities due to lack of appropriate resources, and higher attrition rate triggered by anxiety and lower job satisfaction.Read More
Systemic Intelligence (SIQ) is the number one sought after skill of a 21. Century leader. We see that leaders need to operate in a more and more complex, network and matrix based global environment that is constantly changing and involves multiple stakeholders. SIQ is this “virtuoso” intelligence of navigating your ship with a full crew in awareness of the larger system and systems that you are also part of. A simple example is that if you are a UK citizen in Gibraltar, you are also part of a larger system called the UK, but and you are part of larger geographical and cultural entity called Europe…Read More
One of my favourite movies is the Swedish Turist (Force Majeure). Without revealing too much, it is about a Swedish family with two kids who go on a ski holiday. In one of the opening scenes they are sitting together on a terrace having lunch when the father notices an avalanche slowly roaring down the mountain. First they think it is a controlled one, but within seconds it becomes clear that it is real. Everyone jumps up from their seats and panic breaks out. The father flees with the crowd, leaving his wife and two children behind. Eventually, the avalanche misses the restaurant, and people start slowly appearing from under the snow. The father, too, returns and without saying a word they continue having lunch as if nothing happened. From this moment on, the parents try to explore and digest what actually happened, with no success as the father’s immaturity and childishness prevents him from taking any responsibility and reflecting on his own behavior.Read More
Are you being happy in your life? Are you being happy about your life? Can you truly immerse yourself in the ‘here and now’ or you’d rather make sacrifices to delay happiness for the sake of long-term satisfaction?
The answer to these questions depends on two main factors. Thousands of people, both Westerners and Easterners aged between 18 and 81, have been asked about their preference between experienced and remembered happiness in a series of studies recently published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.
Experienced happiness is when you feel happy on a moment-to-moment basis. Remembered happiness, on the other hand, is being able to look back and remember a time as happy.Read More