A couple of weeks ago we had a very fun team-building session, SharpBrains at Cisco Systems, during the retreat of a Cisco Systems group. We covered recent brain research and its implications for learning and training, and we introduced a lot of fun games and activities. Some key take-aways for participants were:
- There are frequently different, but equally valid, ways to look at things. We better try to understand each other before we try to impose our ideas (See old lady-young lady game in a later post, under title “What do you see?”)
- We need to train our “3 integrated brains” and 7 key “mental muscles”
- Good brain exercise requires novelty, variety and practice.
- Doing our best at work and life helps train our brains. Training our brains helps us do our best at work and in life.
We went through some areas relevant to business life, through the eyes of neuroscience
- Develop Creative Inspiration through movement
- Improve Teamwork through emotional understanding, appreciation and learning to manage stress
- Manage multi-tasking through Attention and Memory techniques
- Leadership through focus, planning and learning
- Communicate through relating to daily experiences, and analogies
- Improve confidence through a clear vision, and visualize success
If you were in charge of training executives in your company, what other areas would you emphasize?