Musings About Engaged Brains – Amy Brann

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It’s a beautifully warm Sunday night where I am. I work unusual hours, choosing when possible to spend more time with my 3-year-old daughter during some days and working in some evenings. Tonight I’m reflecting on the level of #engagedbrains we’re currently seeing in organizations.

Recently we worked with a group of Organisational Development experts within the UK’s National Health System, our NHS. Having initially gone to medical school I remember meeting many people on route to becoming a doctor. Working with medical students around the world there was a strong theme in common. A passionate desire to help people.

Not for a minute do I believe this is unique to medicine, it is possible to see passionate people in any area of work. The challenge is to not destroy that natural engagement people possess. That’s where a lot of organizations are going wrong, in our opinion, and one we hear shared a lot when we speak publicly.

Often when I am sharing the neuroscience behind #engagedbrains people’s eyes light up and they have these ‘ahha’ moments. They realize where there are opportunities for dramatic improvement. We regularly end up touching on the fact that employees are humans. With real lives, real feelings and real experiences. Their brains, and the rest of them, deserve real respect.

Most people would agree with that I reckon? So how are we in the situation, I find myself musing, where so many employees are disengaged? Even in an organization where the passion and drive to help others is so strong, and the evidence of the contribution they make every day is so stark – doctors are literally saving people’s lives. Even there, there seems a big disconnect between the way leadership is organized and the impact that has on people’s ease of doing their job.

We spend a lot of time looking at neuroscientific research relating to how people work, and bridging the gap between that and I’m constantly amazed at how impactful the game changing insights we share are in making it easier for people to wake up excited on Monday mornings and feel fulfilled on Friday afternoons.

This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post

About the author Amy Brann

Since leaving medical school Amy has focused on practically applying the latest research around how the brain and mind work to help people achieve goals that are important to them.

According to the article by Lee, Butler & Senior “The brain in business” states that ‘There is no doubt that application of neuroscientific tools, and more importantly a neuroscienfitic way of thinking, to business problems will have a major impact on the way we understand marketing and business in the near future.’

Amy’s professional goal is to contribute to the fields that bridge the gap between neuroscience and business through collaborative research, case studies, training, writing books and speaking.

The aim of Amy’s book ‘Make Your Brain Work’ published in January 2013 is to support individuals and companies to increase their productivity, efficiency and effectiveness to achieve their objectives.

‘Neuroscience for Coaches’ published in 2014 is designed to equip anyone in a Coaching role to understand a little more of how the brain works specifically in the way they are working with others. We also run a public programme by the same name for people who want to deepen their understanding.

The third book, ‘Engaged: the neuroscience of creating productive people in successful organizations’ was written in response to our work with organizations. It includes bold ideas based on the neuroscientific research.

Specialties: Leadership training, management training, senior leadership facilitation. Keynote speaking. Executive Coaching.

Connect with Amy on twitter @Amy_Brann or via Synaptic Potential

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