Emotional Labeling

There’s a word for what you’re feeling. Now use it.  Most of us, when we’re feeling angry or sad or stressed, are reluctant to put those feelings into words out of fear that it’ll make a bad situation even worse. Yet neuroscience tells us that the opposite is true. Emotions originate from a powerful, primitive part of our brain often …

Lean out!

Stop asking women to „lean in“. Let’s „lean out“ of dysfunctional workplaces instead.

How to be social in a virtual world

How can you build great relationships with your teams and clients when everybody is working from home? It all comes down to the neurochemical oxytocin. It’s released when you fall in love, when a baby is born, and when you build trust in a business setting.

What’s the impact of remote working on productivity?

Where are you most productive? At home or in the office? There are many surveys that study this question, but as a neuroscientist I know that surveys are not very scientific. For the most part, people tell you what you want to hear or even worse, what they would like to believe about themselves. Studies have shown that patterns in …

Confessions of a book addict

I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. A book addict.  When I was in elementary school, I went to our local library every week. One day the librarian said to me: “Congratulations! You are our reader of the year!” I was surprised since I didn’t remember participating in any contest. “You are the person who rented most books …

How to beat smartphone addiction

Are you addicted to your phone? Here is how to get out of it.  Willpower is limited Imagine that you are participating in a scientific experiment. You are sitting in the waiting room, waiting for the experiment to start. In front of you is a huge bowl with delicious chocolate cookies. The entire laboratory smells like a bakery. You haven’t …

Do you really want a shrinking brain?

“I don’t have time anymore to read.” Have you ever heard someone say this? I get it. People are stressed out and busy. But let’s take a look at how people actually spend their time. 16 minutes a day on reading  2,2 hours watching TV. 6,6 hours on the internet! Your phone is the enemy So what is the biggest enemy of …

Do we really need more digital learning?

Would you rather send your kids to a school where he or she learns the basics of handling a computer or to memorize poems by heart? Ask most parents and they will choose option 1! The newspapers are filled with politicians who advocate digital learning and parents all over the world demand more digital learning in schools to better prepare …

Surprise – the under leveraged resource in the business world

When was the last time someone surprised you with a gift or a nice gesture?  I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers yesterday from a client and this absolutely made my day!  Most companies use expected rewards to motivate and reward their employees or service providers. The works: Salaries, fees, and bonus payments. The problem? People get used to it …