I had an interesting conversation with a client during a one-on-one session (we’ll name this client Casey for fun, even though that’s not his real name). Casey said something like “Jason, I’ve never really been much of a numbers person. If you had asked me a month ago how much I weighed or what my sales production was last year, I could not tell you as I just hadn’t really kept track of that stuff.”
As Steve wrote last week, we’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of “risk” in our work. And so, as Rewire’s “R&D Fonzi” (my unofficial title), I get to plow headfirst into whatever I can get my hands on that will help individuals and teams understand how risk is impacting their work. I’ve gotten to spend hours and hours reading and thinking about things like judgement heuristics, game theory, prospect theory, etc. Eventually, I’ll bring my findings to the team and we’ll construct training workshops, team-building exercises, and tools for clients to use in order to turn a specific approach to risk into a competitive advantage for their work.
I’ve been spending a bit of time lately thinking about how our brains deal with risk. In a nutshell, my research has led me to understand that most of us cope with risk constantly — to varying degrees of success.
The picture at the top of this article may be tough to decipher at first. It’s 120 black backpacks laid out in a hotel ballroom. But it’s how we got all those backpacks that I want to talk about today.
Rewire has been on a tear lately getting the concepts of “Lizard Brain Control” into the hands of many in this first quarter. It’s been incredibly rewarding to watch people’s minds shift as we work with them in sessions. Learning the ongoing lesson of how to effectively understand and subsequently control this part of your brain called the Lizard Brain is proving for many to be nothing short of life-changing.
Author's note: This idea originated with "Rewire Advisory Sage At Large" Lindon Crow. For those of you that don't know Lindon, he's one of our favorite people at Rewire. He owns a company called Productive Learning, and his company's workshops are truly transformative experiences that are well worth your time if you have a chance to attend. This idea originally came from him and has captivated my attention over the past few months. So, much thanks to you, Lindon!
I have lost count of the number of conversations I've had wherein someone tells me that they have self-diagnosed ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It would seem that distractions these days are so plentiful that we consistently put something down to do something else or begin to read one thing and then allow our brains to take up something else. Given that we here at Rewire help people understand how their brains work, offering a few tips on how to train your brain to stay focused seems like a good use of this online space.
For the past few years, we here at Rewire have been working with people around the concept of change. Organizational change, marketplace change, personal change, circumstantial change…you get the idea.
Julee-anne Bell lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and their two teenage sons. And today’s Wireboard article is a story about her and her family. More specifically, it’s a story about their “arms.”
A few months ago, we published an article about not quitting something that you start. This article detailed one man’s amazing quest to finish an Iron Man race that he started even though the odds were thoroughly stacked against him. As we learn about how others persevere through challenges, we can gain insight into ourselves and how we may develop similar perseverance. From the feedback we received on this article, we gleaned that the idea of “not quitting” resonated with many of you.
I rarely do “Part 2” articles. I understand that most people read things like this, glean something from them (or not) and then move on. I am making it a point this year to focus more on understanding articles and books rather than the commitments of years past to “plow through” a lot of them. The application of a given topic is often heavy lifting, and with our perceived lack of time, we do not often make the time to really understand and apply the thing we just read (or heard or watched) to ourselves. Well, I’m trying to change that.
Have you ever had a sequence of events happen around you that are so insane that it makes you consider how life exists on planet earth? I am so very sorry that Gary Larson (the famous Farside cartoonist) hung up his hat because we so desperately need his sense of humor in our lives at moments like this.
My daughter, Julia, is working on changing some of her homework habits and last night she asks me “Daddy, it takes 21 days to create a new habit, right?” I spared Julia the half-day workshop that we do for business people on changing and creating success habits. Instead we chatted about 6 of the basic items that successful people carry along their journey to changing habits and achieving great things (even ones that may have seemed impossible at one time). Here are those items: