Are you feeling a constant sense of uncertainty related to on-going disruptive change and wondering how your organization is going to successfully navigate the turbulence? Do you wish you were further ahead or feel like you aren’t tapping and leveraging true potential? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are not alone.
The Neuroscience of Complex Problem Solving: 3 Strategies for Tapping the Power of Your Non-conscious!
What happens in our brains when we solve problems? First, consider that there are different types of problem solving. There is linear problem solving, which includes problems that have one solution and are usually better solved analytically. Examples of linear problems include things like math problems and balancing a checking account. Complex problems however, have more than one solution and solved better with a different kind of thinking. Complex problems require non-conscious thinking. These types of problems are sometimes referred to as insight problems. They are nonlinear vs. linear and are different in that they don’t have obvious solutions or sequential steps to follow. These types of problems require creativity - the ability to combine information in a whole new way. Surprisingly, to many leaders we work with rational conscious thinking is not the best way to solve these types of problems.
Got Grit? 4 Strategies for How to Use Your Brain’s Braking System to Increase Perseverance and Personal Resilience
Leaders are people who are trying to influence change. How well this goes depends largely on the ability to perform under pressure and adapt successfully in the face of adversity - also known as resiliency. Effective leadership requires durability, perseverance, and the capacity to resist the deleterious effects of stress within personal contexts and workplace environments. A passion and commitment to excellence is not sufficient, nor is a high IQ or talent. In addition, ignoring physical, emotional, and mental limitations leads to fatigue, malaise, burnout, and pessimism. Navigating the complex challenges involved with change while having the stamina to create a desired future seems to rely heavily on having grit and self-control to persist in the face of uncertainty and turbulence. Angela Duckworth, math teacher-turned-psychologist at University of Pennsylvania, describes grit as passion and perseverance for long-term goals and the ability to…