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Workplace Survey, Findings

1.Workers are struggling to work effectively. 

When focus is compromised in pursuit of Collaboration, neither works well.

2. Effective workplaces balance focus and collaboration. 

Workplaces designed to enable collaboration without sacrificing employees’ ability to focus are more successful.

3. Choice drives performance and innovation. 

Employers who provide a spectrum of choices for when and where to work are seen as more innovative and have higher-performing employees.

 

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HOW TO ENHANCE A PROACTIVE MIND

 

Proactive_mindA proactive brain uses details from past experiences to make analogies with your current surroundings. It then helps you determine where you are and envision future possibilities.


Studies have shown that a good memory helps you better navigate the future. And in business, anticipating and negotiating future demands is an asset. A proactive brain uses details from past experiences to make analogies with your current surroundings. It then helps you determine where you are and envision future possibilities.

 

We tend to think of memory as a way to revisit past experiences: a vacation in the tropics, a bad business decision, or where you might have put those elusive car keys. Neuroscientists have long believed that the brain's so-called episodic memory circuits are largely involved in remembering past events or occurrences. Recent studies have found a striking overlap between these areas and brain regions that are activated when you think about the future.

 


 

The overlap is so impressive that some brain researchers are calling for of how we think about memory. According to scientists, the brain's memory circuits are not merely for reflecting on the past but are also vital mechanisms for imagining, anticipating, and preparing for the future. In this new view, your brain is a proactive system that integrates past experience to help you navigate the future

 

In the business world, it's a distinct advantage to have a brain that anticipates future demands and negotiates them well. Accurate predictions typically translate to success. Being able to envision future scenarios helps foster strategic planning and resist immediate rewards in favour of longer-term gains. The proactive brain flexibly recombines details from past experiences that, by analogy with your current surroundings, help you make sense of where you are, anticipate what will come next, and successfully navigate the transition.

 

Although each of us is born with proactive brain, it's possible to enhance its performance. Here are some tips:

 

1. Give your brain a rich bank of life experiences. Expose it to diverse environments and situations. Increasing the breadth of your experiences provides richer information for your brain to draw on as it helps you anticipate new situations.

 

2. Let it borrow from the experiences of others by communicating, reading, or interacting with or about others.

 

3. Think about what you want from the future. Take time to reflect on individual and team values and goals, both immediate and down the road. These will help guide your brain as it envisions future scenarios that may best help you achieve your objectives.

 

4. Actively ponder future rewards or accomplishments. Emphasize rich, detailed thinking about long-term outcomes. This reduces the lure (and the danger) of instant gratification.

 

5. Give yourself periods of relatively uninterrupted thought during which you let your mind wander. Doing this gives the brain's memory system extra time to recombine your prior experiences in ways that can help you envision future possibilities.

 

On the other hand, looking at memory and its role in visioning and creating the future, Betty L. Shotton, suggest several paths to accessing and using the past creatively:

 

1. Allowing time and space for your mind to relax and recall. Retreats and creative visioning activities allow executives to step away from the details and demands. The business culture would benefit from recognizing the very real value of "being" rather than always "doing".

 

2. Spending time in reverie such as beautiful music, walks in nature, awe and appreciation of the amazing intricacies of your organization and its people...putting yourself in an expansive mind set.

 

3. Having faith that the events of your life and leadership have a role to play in the future, being curious about your own stories and be open to their meaning and contribution as your life unfolds.

 

4. Being honest; sometimes the best lessons from the past are our failures and we are afraid to admit them; but often those failures point the way to the best definition of who we can be and what we can do!.