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 …

Free your body and your brain will follow

Do you suffer from “corona brain”? Do you feel that your mind is foggy and that anxiety, worries, or constant distractions decrease your productivity and happiness? Neuroscience to the rescue! Here is a simple principle that works like a charm: Free your body and your brain will follow. It is impossible for your brain to feel stressed out when your body is …

Fun, Fear, and Focus

Most of us recognize that heady feeling when we’re performing at our very best. Time becomes irrelevant, doubt and self-consciousness evaporate, and you find yourself completely immersed in the task at hand. It’s almost like falling in love with whatever you’re doing. For a short time, it becomes the center of your universe. According to McKinsey, when you reach this …

Take a look inside my book The Leading Brain

Why do people behave the way they do? And how can you use that knowledge to take your performance to the next level? Neuroscience has the answers. This book will radically change the way you lead and succeed. In the 2006 World Cup Final between France and Italy, it was Zizou who put France on the scoreboard with a penalty …

The Ten Commandments of Great Work Relationships

Suppose I asked you, »What’s the single most important change you could make to improve your health?« What do you think the answer would be? Quit smoking? Stop drinking? Exercise more? It turns out that the biggest predictor for longevity is the quality of our relationships. People who have great relationships live eight years longer. That’s a lot.  Whether you …

Yes, I’m a dopamine junkie!

Last Thursday I checked my emails right before going to sleep. There is usually little risk in this behaviour since I never get any negative emails. There was a request from my speaking agent for an event so interesting that it triggered my curiosity and kept me awake for several hours. Research shows that smart phone usage changes our brains …

Don’t change the women, change the workplace!

Many companies try to increase diversity – and fail. Why? They ask women to »lean in«, while keeping the workplace the same. Most women (and may I speak for the men as well), don’t enjoy working 80-hour weeks, taking red-eye-flights, and sacrificing their health and the time spent with their families for the sake of their careers. The good news is: …