The Science Behind Behaviour and Why it Matters to Business and Life

By understanding more about how the brain functions, synthesising this with what we know in business and applying the learning at individual, team and organisational level we can really start to understand the secret of sustainable behavioural change and move the dial on performance, motivation and engagement.

The brain is revealing the secrets of sustainable behavioural change, performance, motivation and engagement

What we think we know about behaviour and what it is to be human is constantly evolving thanks to neuroscience. Knowledge of the brain, how it functions and how that influences behaviour is something that I find personally enlightening and, for someone who works in the space of culture and engagement, both invaluable and exciting.

In business we have struggled with improving employee engagement and motivation for years, not to mention embedding strong vison, values and culture.  Collectively we have invested many different combinations of money, time, processes and effort and yes, we have improved what we do, however, the results, as evidenced by numerous surveys, are really not that great.  Long term sustainable behaviour change within business continues to elude many of us.

Leadership continues to shape itself and traditional structures are unlikely to work in future

On top, leadership is still a contested concept.  No-one can really define it.  It continues to change in shape and texture dependent on the given situation at any point in time.  What we do know is that traditional hierarchical power structures are unlikely to work in future.

Understanding how the brain functions is revealing the secrets of sustainable behavioural change, performance, motivation and engagement

We live in an age of collaboration, relationship and network where agility, flexibility and self-awareness matter and can make the difference between success and failure.  Understanding at least the basics of how behaviour originates in the brain and the role and regulation of emotion in the workplace (and in life) is essential if one is to be effective, and indeed thrive, in our modern world.

For the past several years I have immersed myself in the science of the brain, studying the findings from our colleagues in the neuroscience community to us here in business.  I am not and will never claim to be a neuroscientist.  However, I can learn from the detailed research and apply their findings and insights to what we do day-to-day.

By understanding more about how the brain functions, synthesising this with what we know in business and applying the learning at individual, team and organisational level we can really start to understand the secret of sustainable behavioural change and move the dial on performance, motivation and engagement.

Google’s sleep pods exist for very solid wellbeing, business and performance reasons

Google lead the field in this area, they regularly bring in the top neuroscientists to inform what they do and invest in many brain friendly activities.  Their sleep pods are not just ‘funky nice to haves’.  They exist for very solid wellbeing, business and performance reasons.

Neuroscience is shining a light on the importance of emotion and emotional regulation, the hidden impact of stress on individual and organisational performance, the importance of cognitive strength, self-awareness and self-control and the way we can build and sustain trust over the long term.

All things essential to organisational health and wellbeing as much as personal health and wellbeing.  It is very exciting and offers many opportunities for positive and sustainable change and growth at an individual, team and organisational level.  Is Neuroscience exciting?  Yes it is.  Is it worth the time to understand a little more?  Simply, yes.  The payback is huge.

Deborah Hulme, Neuroleadership, Engagement and Communication Practitioner, Minerva Engagement

All of the learning programmes offered within our Neuroleader Academy are informed by neuroscience and grounded in real life, with easily applied practical examples and insights.

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