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Applying Brain Science For Leadership Development

Our brains are critical to everything we do in our lives.  Here are several resources I reference in my work and recommend to you to learn more about applying brain science for your leadership development, or to use as you coach leaders.

Dr. David Rock, consultant and author, coined the term NeuroLeadership in 2006. From the NeuroLeadership Institute website:

“NeuroLeadership is an emerging field of study focused on bringing neuroscientific knowledge into the areas of leadership development, management training, change management, education, consulting and coaching.”

“The NeuroLeadership movement is intended to help individuals and organisations of all types fulfill their potential through better understanding how the human brain functions at individual, team and systemic levels.”

Since 2007, Dr. Rock hosts the annual NeuroLeadership Summit and has developed the post-graduate Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership. He has written several books including  Coaching with the Brain in Mind, with Linda Page, and Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long. Learn about the format and some concepts from the first few chapters of Your Brain at Work in my podcast. I invite you to participate in interesting discussions as a member of the open LinkedIn group, NeuroLeadership.

You can also explore the connection between brain science and leadership with Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders by psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and executive coach, Dr. Srinivasan S. Pillay.

There is even a “Dummies” book on this topic. Check out The Leadership Brain for Dummies by international educational neuroscience consultant and adjunct professor, Marilee Sprenger.

If you are passionate about your own leadership development and that of your clients, you owe it to yourself, and those you lead, to explore the powerful applications of brain science to leadership. I invite you to share your experiences with neuroscience and leadership, and to share your recommended resources in this arena.

May you choose to create an amazing day as you continue to make a positive difference in the lives you touch!

Melanie Hoffner

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A Key to Unlock Your Metabolism: Leptin and Your Brain

I wanted to share this powerful information with you, so I invited Strategic Life Coach Lynette Patterson to be my first guest blogger.  Enjoy! ~Melanie

When you are in the weight loss game, getting leptin on your team is essential.  This powerful hormone is produced in fat cells and is a primary force in weight management.

Communicating directly to your brain, this hormone surveys the state of your internal affairs and instructs the brain as to when you are full and how much fat is in storage.  When working properly, all is well.  You eat until satisfied and excess fat is burned up with ease.

Unfortunately… things do not often work as they should.  And when leptin stops working, food cravings, overeating and a sluggish metabolism are the result.

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jennifer Dyer, endocrinologist , on the subject and am re-releasing the recording on my new Healing with the Experts site.

If you are struggling with hunger and feel like giving up, listen to this interview right away. Dr. Dyer provides strategies to help make your leptin work better so that losing weight isn’t so hard.

To access the call, go to http://www.healingwithexperts.com

A Little About Leptin

As I mentioned above, fat cells produce leptin and one would think that extra fat cells producing extra leptin would equal a sense of being full most of the day.  However, just as insulin resistance occurs, so does leptin resistance and the brain no longer “hears” the “I’m full” signals and urges the body to eat more.

Worse, because the brain senses that a famine has occurred (because it is no longer “hearing” the leptin signals),  it slows down the metabolism to conserve energy (including lowering thyroid production).  This creates a vicious cycle of lowered energy and increased hunger which create more fat cells that produce more leptin and on and on and on.

As leptin is a protein hormone, you can not boost or support your leptin levels with oral medications as it will break down and become ineffective in the digestive system.  Plus, for most people, the problem is that they have too much leptin, adding more leptin is simply counter productive.  So don’t spend money on the leptin supplements begin sold.

The best you can do is help your leptin work better by eating omega 3 rich foods,  lots of fruits and vegetables and exercising most days of the week.  Eat real food, not chemically created faux foods.  Drink adequate amounts of water and teas and use stevia or xylitol as a sweetener,  if you must.

Again, the call with Dr. Dyer is at http://www.healingwithexperts.com


Lynette Patterson

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