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Business benefits

Our clients are mostly FTSE 100 companies and include organisations from technology, telecoms, retail, communications and financial services. Below are some case studies and comments taken from past neurosmart programmes.

Coaching

Talent coming into the workplace will chose environments that feel instinctively brain friendly. A coaching organisation by nature has a growth mind-set. Coaching from a neurosmart perspective helps in hiring and retaining top talent.

‘The coaching provided by neurosmart was incredible, the support network and generous approach supported me through a very difficult and challenging year.’

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‘I am a big fan of your coaching/training!’

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‘The neurosmart programme has highlighted how I can engage and motivate people so they contribute their best. To better coach and explain how to perform better.’

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Diversity

We help businesses understand brain sex difference. Our brains are like fingerprints – each one is individual. Through the neurosmart research, we have developed brain-friendly strategies for approaching key work practices. We enable access to the best of all the brains in the business.

‘Neurosmart™ was completely different – there’s nothing else like it out there in terms of diversity training programmes. Companies have a tendency to always put people into boxes, whereas neurosmart™ helps you understand the difference between people and the thinking you need to draw on everyone’s strengths.’

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‘This programme has helped me think more about personalities and the way people think – therefore, perform better with a mixed team.’

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A case study...

Determined to acknowledge the brain differences, a team leader started using the mindbridge 4Cs meeting tool he had learned about on the neurosmart programme. One of the key changes he made was to allow different amounts of airtime for team members to fully express their thinking, based on the variety of brain genders in his team. A delighted team member commented immediately that this was the best meeting she had experienced with this team.

Change

Brains don’t change, they adapt. Effective change is about creating the conditions for emotionally-based adaptation to occur. The mindbridge team brings applied neuroscience alive to support sustainably effective change in business.

‘Neurosmart™ has made me reflect on how big, corporate cultures change the machine … and that is using neuroscience in a thoughtful way… one brain at a time, one meeting at a time, one conversation at a time….’

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Organizational Change Explained book

Kate has co-written a chapter on ‘The brain and adaptive change’ in the book Organizational Change Explained (the discount code AHROCE20 will give 20% off the purchase price of the book).

Teams

The brain is a social organ. It has evolved to connect and interact with others. These relationships form a bond and build trust. Trust is essential to access the creative elements of our mind and to be able to work cohesively. Effective teams are one of the highest leverage points for organisational performance. The neurosmart programme is enabling our clients to access the best from all the brains in the team.

‘I have changed the way I work with my team allowing them more time to think through things in their own way rather than telling them what to do – accepting there are different ways to do it. I’m having so much fun with my team, they feel they can share ideas and it’s so much better letting them explore with only little input from myself. I am appreciating that everyone learns differently and giving people time to learn in their way and explore their own approach, even if it’s not the way that I would do it.’

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‘I am far more aware of my language and the brain impact it has on my team members.’

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A case study...

A large top team comprising several new members became much more aware of when and how the team culture was inhibiting the brain performance of new team members. Applying neuroscientific insights, the team was able to have some open conversations about the team dynamics. This helped them release better idea generation from the team.

Gender balance

What is clear from advances in neuroscience is that, in general terms, men and women process information differently. Different brains also perform under stress differently. Understanding and taking these differences into account is a source of competitive advantage.

‘One of the best gender balance programmes I have attended – usually they are one dimensional and female defensive – neurosmart™ was different, as well as useful.’ 

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‘Really enjoyed the neurosmart™ content … My default approach would not be to get the best out of the “female brains” but I can see how raising awareness, and understanding different types of people and different ways to approach them, really leverages everyone’s strengths and makes a difference at a team and individual level.’ 

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Leaders

Leaders can be catalysts in their organisations if they understand how the neurochemistry in the brain can govern and shape not just our emotions, but also our behaviours.

‘A better understanding of my brain and the influence of my background on my leadership skills is helping my day-to-day work and career plans. I also know my colleagues far better – its added a “personal touch” to my place of work.’

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‘Everyone who has leadership responsibility should do this.’

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‘This has helped me understand how the brain functions and the impact on our daily working lives. It has been useful to me as a leader as it has helped bring awareness of how I can actively motivate people (and their brains).'

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A case study...

The leader of a large UK division of a top Fortune 500 organisation discovered that, despite stellar business results, there were some behaviours showing up that meant the culture was not appealing to a diverse group of talent – especially women. He set about raising awareness of the issues and behaviours and creating a new culture that was attractive to a wide variety of people. Learning about brain gender difference, and how to leverage it as a source of competitive advantage, along with practical tools, started to change key aspects of the business culture for the better.