Neuroplasticity for the individual
- The modern world, in particular the workplace now dominated by technology is constantly changing. The spread of Computer Technology alone has created a work place of constant change. If you add workplace restructuring; job sharing and flexible working, change is a way of life.
- Clearly the more adaptable you are the better your employment prospects. At one time we might have said learning and development was key to obtain a good job. These days learning development and adaptability are key to retaining any kind of employment prospects at all. The more adaptable and flexible your brain the easier it will be to adapt and grow in the workplace.
The difference between Neuro-plasticity Mindfulness and NLP
Firstly I should say I’m not in NLP practitioner. In fact I have read many books about NLP and I and own many dvds and tape sets. I would say that I am aware of using it and I do believe it has value in the modern world. But the two processes really are quite different.
NLP can help the way that you might think about something, maybe putting you in a more positive state of mind. It also has many applications to help the goal setting, mental focus even emotional balance. But the key difference is nowhere does anyone claim that it would change or alter the scope or speed of your cognitive function. One of the challenges within the NLP movement is that a few are inclined to promote Lifelong changes in a very short period. The reality of course is that changes in particular to the brain tend to take rather longer to become permanent. Once you look at it from a Neuro-plasticity Point of view you realise the brain needs rather more than just to be told a few times to do something.
In regard to mindfulness again I am not really a practitioner, but I have been on the courses. Mindfulness is very useful in terms of the meditation breaks to help both the cognitive function and your mood. Elsewhere in this series I do recommend the meditation breaks. The key difference here is that the mindfulness process does not really advocate the brain exercises that I outline in this programme My understanding is the best policy is to exercise, then rest. In one sense mindfulness really is only half of this equation.
- Finally there a links from poor adaptability to poor mental health. Often we call this “stress” or “overwork” when very often these are signs that the person is not adapting to change very well and is overwhelmed.
Neuroplasticity for the Company
- Most of the work undertaken in the modern economy is largely intellectual activity; it is in theory at least a thinking economy. Some companies actually regard their workforce as a form of intellectual capital, something that is valuable and key to the long-term company success.
- If companies desire to restructure or reorganize to face a dynamic and changing marketplace, it would be a lot easier if their workforce is naturally adjusted to change. In one sense flexible working requires flexible employees.
Third area moves into the area of brain fatigue or cognitive overload. These are sometimes (quite wrongly) identified as stress. That there is little doubt that stress is now one of the biggest HR issues in the modern workplace. Once you understand the root causes it is possible to modify the workplace and working practices to reduce the worst effects