It's All in Your Mind: The Power of Neuroscience in Business and Life

Rebel Brown

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We’re all trained to be grateful in this holiday season. Many of us sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and go around the table sharing our gratitude for the family and friends in our lives, for a great meal, our health, our homes and more. The holidays seem to be in stark contrast to our modern society’s modus operandi. Let’s face it – if you take a scroll through FaceBook or any other social media platform on any given day, you will get a large dose of grumpy, negative and outright snarling humanity on display. …Why Not a Whole Year? My question is simple. If we can focus on our gratitude for a few holi-days out of the year, why don’t we keep that focus for the entire year? We all experience the shift in energy around the holiday season. People are happier, laughter is more free flowing, our hearts are filled with love and hope springs eternal. It’s a magical time of ... (more)

Do You See Crisis or Opportunity?

So many seem to expect continued failure these days; stuck in fear, focused on the negative. The economy is our scapegoat, and Eeyore's "Woe is Me" echoes resoundingly. Yet some businesses and people are thriving - in the middle of the same 'crisis'. So what's different for them? What do these thriving people and businesses see and do that everyone else can't seem to see or do? A lot of it comes down to attitude and beliefs. Yes, touchy feely stuff. But I do believe that how we perceive our world impacts our experience. My own life is enough proof for me. If we look around, we'l... (more)

Five Keys to an Awesome M&A

In the interest of balance, today I'm waxing on about the awesome opportunities presented by M&As - and some of the lessons I've learned along the way to help things go a bit more smoothly. M&As are one of the most powerful opportunities for a Phoenix to rise; stronger, brighter, ready to soar into a leadership. After all, you're bringing two companies together who presumably have complementary skill-sets, products, market knowledge and customer bases. What could be MORE exciting?  Instead of investing time and dollars to build these assets  - we have the opportunity to blend the... (more)

The Power of Trust

So, how's this for ultimate trust? I imagine a few cynics out there see a little dog with a death wish. Others may see proof that curiosity really will kill the cat, er pup.I see the power of trust in action. The power to defy even the most basic of instincts - self preservation. The power to change the game. When we trust in ourselves, we go bravely into new situations. Self trust is the fuel that powers us to explore new worlds, test new theories, expand our horizons.  When we trust ourselves, we have the courage to move beyond the known and safe. We move beyond our past and r... (more)

Put Your Competition in the RearView Mirror

One of my first CEO clients - a leader in the early days of the Search industry - gave me a great piece of advice about the competition.  I still follow it. "If you pay too much attention to the competition - you'll always end up following them." At the time I actually think I thought he was nuts. After all, as a young idealistic marketing consultant, competitive analysis was one of those B school standards near and dear to my heart. Now, some twenty something years later, I see how brilliant he was. Companies have to think for themselves, not like their competitors. I'm not say... (more)