Describe what the PFC does: Recruits the correct information from the neocortex to address problems, inhibit impulses, plan etc…
The Science Of Success Part 2 Entrpreneur Forum
The Science of Success:<br />Using Brain-based Principles to Get the Best From Yourself and Others<br />Part 2: Application of Brain-Based Principles<br />
What will my brain get out of this?<br />1. Practical application of brain principles to maximize efficiency, assess risk, and reduce distractions when working.<br />2. Understanding resistance in others and what you can do about it<br />3.Helpful memory techniques<br />4. Questions<br />
<ul><li>The Brain has a finite amount of energy in the form of glucose
Certain brain structures use more energy than others
There are ways to use energy more efficiently</li></li></ul><li>The PFC is heavily involved in making decisions, prioritizing and problemsolving.<br />Due to the complexity of it’s role, it uses a tremendous amount of Energy.<br />
Question: How many people check email first thing in the morning?<br />
<ul><li>Responding to emails first thing in the morning is extremely taxing on the brain often leading to a tired, burned-out brain.
Every time you read an email, you have to make a decision- act, respond later, trash, forward it… all of these decisions use PFC energy.
Therefore, use the first part of your day to plan and prioritize your tasks</li></li></ul><li>The prefrontal cortex is also involved in multi-taskingwhich is task switching in disguise.<br /> Here’s why:<br />Task 2 has to disengage from Task 1 and recruit for new task<br />Each time you switch, the brain loses energy!<br />Task 1 recruits resources via the PFC<br />
The basal ganglia stores and repeats patterns.<br />A simple example would be drinking a glass of water<br />A more complex pattern would be riding a bicycle. <br />It allows you to do two things at once…within limits.<br />So if you get help from your basal ganglia, you can “multi-task.”<br />
A few examples of task switching:<br /><ul><li>Having multiple windows open on a computer
Returning emails immediately</li></ul>Interrupting someone’s train of thought used to be very bad but now we do it to ourselves everyday!<br />
The anteriorcingulatecortex gets fired up when distractions are present!<br />The ventrolateral prefrontal cortex inhibits distractions!<br />
It is the devil versus the angel!<br />Shall I? Shan’t I?<br />Remedies:<br /><ul><li>When you focus, remove external distractions.
Inhibit distractions early on before they take on momentum.
Meditation can help create awareness around distractions. Am I getting off track?</li></li></ul><li>New research from Dr. Dario Nardi, a professor at UCLA suggests there is certain types of EEG brain activity associated with psychological type. <br />One way psychological type is defined is the by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)<br />
<ul><li>The ENFP/ ENTP personality type is overrepresented in the entrepreneur population
Strengths include creativity via transcontexual thinking….ideas, ideas, ideas!
Weaknesses include burn-out and poor follow-through on ideas</li></li></ul><li>Brain activity associated with ENTP/ENFP personality types leading to creativity but also burn-out and poor follow-thru.<br />
Ways to work with a “Christmas Tree Brain”:<br /><ul><li>Meditation (Builds awareness)
Have a colleague help you stay on task!</li></li></ul><li>Memory: There are many types of memory<br />One type of memory is working memory or the ability to hold a number of items in the mind at once and manipulate them. <br />Working memory uses considerable brain energy and sometimes makes creative solutions difficult <br />
The MORE information you can take out of working memory and physically place on cards, idea boards, notes etc… the more brain energy you have to work the problem. <br />
One last brain topic: Understanding resistance in others<br />
Dopamine, the neurotransmitter of desire. It creates a toward response rather than one of avoidance. <br />Each time an individual is forced to comply rather than led to comply by way of a personal insight or motivation, you are unlikely to get cooperation because….<br />The brain gets no reward! <br />
So how you frame a question or request makes all the difference!<br />What have you done in the past that has really worked? (YES!....Dopamine for the brain!)<br /> vs.<br />What did you do that messed that up? (NO! No dopamine! ) <br />***As a general rule, negative feedback/problem orientation puts others in a defensive/resistant mood<br />
Top 3 Points to Remember:<br />1. Fear/Avoidance is largely due to an overactive amygdala/basal ganglia response. It kept our ancestors safe but it keeps us from taking risks. <br /><ul><li>Take a few deep breaths to calm your system then find a solution. </li></li></ul><li>2. The prefrontal cortex is the most sophisticated part of the brain but it uses the most energy. <br /><ul><li>Avoid frequent task switching.
Prioritize your day before you do anything else!</li></li></ul><li>3. Your brain has structures that serve to create interest as well as inhibit unwanted stimuli. <br /><ul><li>Eliminate distractions.
Meditate to create awareness around loss of attention and increase the capacity to refocus.
Move toward the positive rather than avoid the negative!</li></li></ul><li>More reading to deepen the learning <br />
Your Brain at Work <br />by David Rock<br /><ul><li>Written by a workplace coach
The author uses the metaphor of a stage production to describe the brain. </li></li></ul><li>Choke : What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have to<br />By Sian Beilock<br />Whether you want to make a great first impression or lower your golf score, this book is loaded with useful strategies. <br />By the way… the author is a <br />partan grad!<br />