We know that up to 80% of change initiatives in business are still unsuccessful today (source – McKinsey & Company) and that we need to be able to develop our ability and agility to navigate continuous change and harness the energy and engagement of ourselves and our people. Many leaders, however, are often unconsciously creating stressful workplace environments which can limit effective thinking, demotivate people and leave them depleted and disengaged.
We can help by:
- working with stakeholders to develop a clear vision of change and understand its implications
- identify and address alignment gaps to develop an integrated approach to change management
- support managers in building a commitment to change and dealing with resistance
- provide training and development to support leaders, managers and employees through the change process
The Neuroscience of Change
Neuroscience is giving us new insights into human behaviour and revealing unseen connections in the living human brain which are showing that not all human behaviours in the workplace work the way we initially thought they did. This has implications for us as individuals, and for how we lead and influence other people.
Understanding how the brain works provides leaders with practical information to help them implement change in a brain-friendly way and create workplaces where they, and their people, are able to deal with the challenges of continuous change.
Our Approach is based on recognising 5 key principles:
- we are driven by habits which we can change by becoming both aware and intentional
- we have limited energy resources and need to manage our focus, attention and energy more effectively
- we are attracted to novelty and have limited willpower which we need to use wisely
- we are social in nature and need to develop self- awareness and manage our emotions to deal effectively with others
- we need to look after our own self-care to provide the best environment for our brain to think, make decisions and deal with stress
When we understand our thinking and behaviour patterns, the power of our habits and the potential for personal change, we can develop our capacity for being BrainSmart in all that we do.
We have designed a range of programs for leaders and individuals.
BrainSmart Change Leadership®
Leaders need to be able to plan and implement change with an understanding of how the human brain works. This allows them to minimise any ‘Threat’ response, focus the power of their team members’ Attention and Energy in the right way on the right things and build the organisation’s capacity to deal with ongoing Change. In BrainSmart Change Leadership we work with leaders to:
- develop their understanding of Change dynamics and the brain
- build skills in managing Process, People and Performance
- minimise resistance and support people through change
Fit for Change
In our experience, the degree, frequency and complexity of change that so many organisations are undergoing today has far exceeded our perceived capacity to deal with it effectively. In ‘Fit for Change’ we help individuals enhance how they perceive and manage change by focusing on:
- learning why change can be hard for our brains
- understanding why we default to certain reactions and responses to change
- applying practical strategies to transition effectively through change
- providing tools and resource to help others make choices that will result in them being able to change perspectives, increase coping abilities, remain engaged and return to productivity
Dealing with Change and Building Resilience
Online Development Programme
We have developed a suite of 6 online modules that can be delivered as a standalone in-house facilitated programme, a self-paced learning tool or as a post-workshop development resource. The modules cover:-
- The History of Change and our Brains and Change
- Understanding Stress
- Strategies for reducing Stress
- Understanding Change
- Strategies for dealing with Change
- Building Resilience
Research shows that the brain retains information best when it is presented in smaller chunks over longer periods of time and with built-in opportunities for reflection and practice in-between. Together with a requirement for flexible learning options, this has been the stimulus for us to create an online option delivered in the client’s own time. We also provide supporting resources to help individuals build their understanding of Change and Resilience and to apply it to their workplaces and lives in real time.
The insight on how the brain works has helped me plan my day and week better to avoid 'going limbic'! I now plan tasks which require new thinking or concentration for limited periods throughout each day and break them up with routine tasks"