Leandro Herrero – “The best contribution that Neurosciences can make to Management and Leadership is to leave the room”

A while back I reviewed I Know What You’re Thinking: Brain Imaging and Mental Privacy in the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, and discussed a couple of studies which illustrate the dangers of what could best be called neuro-fetishism: In 2010, Dartmouth University neuroscientist Craig Bennett and his colleagues subjected an experimental subject to functional magnetic … Continue reading “Leandro Herrero – “The best contribution that Neurosciences can make to Management and Leadership is to leave the room””

Leandro Herrero – What I learnt from the monks: a little anthropology of leadership and space in one page.

Another Daily Thought from Leandro Herrero that I am tempted to simply cut and paste completely. The whole thing is worth reading. I have blogged on my other site a fair about both the positive side of monastic practice and the risk of romanticising monasticism with the attendant danger of spiritual pride. Monasteries were, of course, key institutions in the development … Continue reading “Leandro Herrero – What I learnt from the monks: a little anthropology of leadership and space in one page.”

Leandro Herrero: “A team is not a meeting”

  Another wonderful reflection from Leandro Herrero, this time I am being more selective in my quoting…:   One of the most toxic practices in organisational life is equating ‘team’ and ‘team meeting’. You could start a true transformation by simply splitting them as far apart as you can and by switching on the team permanently. … Continue reading “Leandro Herrero: “A team is not a meeting””

Leandro Herrero: “An enlightened top leadership is sometimes a fantastic alibi for a non-enlightened management to do whatever they want”

From Leandro Herrero’s  website, a “Daily Thought” which I am going to take the liberty of quoting in full: Nothing is more rewarding than having a CEO who says world-changing things in the news, and who produces bold, enlightened and progressive quotes for all admirers to be. That organization is lucky to have one of these. … Continue reading “Leandro Herrero: “An enlightened top leadership is sometimes a fantastic alibi for a non-enlightened management to do whatever they want””

“Working here makes us better humans”

A daily thought from Leandro Herrero: I have had a brilliant two day meeting with a brilliant client. One aspect of my work with organizations that I truly enjoy is to help craft the ‘Behavioural DNA’ that shapes the culture of the company. This is a set of actionable behaviours that must be universal, from … Continue reading ““Working here makes us better humans””

Language recognition in the womb – Fetal rhythm-based language discrimination – study from NeuroReport

I have blogged before about on the tendency to grandiosity of neuroscience, or rather (very often) how the science media portray neuroscience. This phobia of neurohype is not the same as a suspicion of neuroscience. The ingenuity of the methodology of studies like this is staggering. I don’t have access via my usual library sources … Continue reading “Language recognition in the womb – Fetal rhythm-based language discrimination – study from NeuroReport”

#OceanOptimism, powerlessness, hope, and change.

Originally posted on Séamus Sweeney:
The current issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine?has a fascinating cover story by Elin Kelsey?on hope and optimism versus despair in how we think about they environment. Essentially, much media discourse on the environment tends to be gloomy, doom, and generally despairing. Kelsey cites a wide range of research on…

Hype, The Life Study and trying to do too much

A while back I reviewed Helen Pearson’s, “The Life Project” in the TLS. I had previously blogged on the perils of trying to do too much and mission creep and overload. From the original draft of the review (published version differed slightly): Pearson is laudably clear that the story of the birth cohorts is also a study … Continue reading “Hype, The Life Study and trying to do too much”