Neuroplasticity for Change Management
Changing behaviour is a challenge; the “established way” is burned into our subconscious even when adopting new habits can mean the difference between life and death. In many studies of patients who have undergone coronary bypass surgery, amazingly only one in nine people (on average) adopts healthier day-to-day habits. Survivor`s lives are at significantly greater risk unless they exercise and lose weight; they can clearly see the value of changing their behaviour. But 90% don’t follow through despite a life or death motivation. So what about changing the way an employee behaves at work, or even the culture of a whole organization? The consistently poor track record in this area tells us it’s a challenging aspiration at best.
During the last two decades, scientists have gained a new, far more accurate view of human nature and behaviour change because of the integration of psychology (the study of the human mind and human behaviour) and neuroscience (the study of the anatomy and physiology of the brain). This has helped researchers develop an increasing body of theoretical work linking the brain (the physical organ) with the mind (the human consciousness that thinks, feels, acts, and perceives).
The implications of this new research are particularly relevant for organizational leaders. It is now clear that human behaviour in the workplace doesn’t work the way many executives think it does. That in turn helps explain why many leadership efforts and organizational change initiatives fall flat. And it also helps explain the success of companies like Toyota and Springfield Re-manufacturing Corporation, whose shop-floor or meeting-room practices resonate deeply with the innate predispositions of the human brain.
To promote change, promote the Neuroplasticity process first
A flexible mind will more readily accept and a adapt to change
In a competitive world of increasing change and innovation it is crucial that the human resource is functioning to its best ability. These understandings enable the individual to fulfil the hopes and expectations the company saw in them on appointment to the full reducing turnover, reducing and increasing productivity.
Intellectual knowledge/capacity/capability is a resource that can be nurtured and developed. Understanding of the neuroplasticity process is key to this development.
Creativity and problem solving are crucial skills in the modern business environment an understanding of neuroplasticity will assist these processes.
Increasingly communications overload, stress and mental fatigue will be the limitations that will hold both individuals and companies back. Ultimately limiting both growth and future potential, the neuroplasticity approach enables improved management of these issues.