How Can We Trigger Insights?

In my previous post, I looked at the science of how insights happen in the brain. So if we know how insight proceeds in the brain, can we also trigger those Aha! moments? I believe we can. The process starts when a person is holding a problem in their minds. They haven’t been able to … Read more

The Neuroscience of Insight: For Women and Gender Non-Conforming People

We have images, based on cultural conditioning, of what inventors and disruptors look like. They are invariably white, male, and young. They are usually American. But the ability of the human brain to have insights, to be creative and innovative, to disrupt and break through, is human. It’s not specific to any race or gender. … Read more

Innovation Coaching and a Life in the Arts: How I Got Here

For my entire adult life, I’ve had 2 careers: one in the arts, and the other in business (L&D). In the freelance world of training and coaching, I was advised to keep a strict separation between my art work and my coaching work. The sense was that if anyone in business knew I was a … Read more

Brain Science: Help Your Team Have Insights and Solve Their Own Problems

As leaders, we are often approached by our team members who need help. They’re struggling to think through a technical issue on a project, a relationship issue with another team member, or even both. How do we avoid the trap of trying to solve our subordinates’ problems and help them think better at the same … Read more