Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders, 1st edition

Published by Pearson FT Press (February 21, 2011) © 2011

  • Srinivasan S. Pillay


ISBN-13: 9780134057774
Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders
Published 2011


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What does neuroscience have to do with leadership? Everything. Recent advances in brain science and neuroimaging can dramatically improve the way leaders work with colleagues to drive successful change. As the brain is increasingly examined in the context of personal and organizational development, remarkable insights are being uncovered: insights that are leading to powerful new strategies for improving business execution. In Your Brain and Business, Harvard psychiatrist and executive coach Srinivasan S. Pillay illuminates the rapidly-emerging links between modern brain science and the corner office. Pillay reveals six powerful ways that brain science can be used by today’s executives, and presents powerful new interventions for coaches who want to help their clients overcome common leadership problems. Discover how to use positive, “strengths-based” approaches to encourage the brain to learn… how the fascinating neuroscience of social intelligence can help leaders encourage more effective relationships… how to promote innovation and intuition, and overcome intangible vulnerabilities in leaders’ brains… how to transform the “idea” of change into crisp, timely execution… and much more. Leaders and coaches worldwide are already applying this knowledge to dramatically improve personal performance. Now, with Pillay’s help, everyone can.

Chapter 1 Relevance of Neuroscience to the Business Environment     1

Chapter 2 How Does Positive Thinking Affect the Business Brain?     25

Chapter 3 The Neuroscience of Social Intelligence: Guiding Leaders and Managers to Effective Relationships     59

Chapter 4 Of Innovation, Intuition, and Impostors: Intangible Vulnerabilities in the Brains of Great Leaders     91

Chapter 5 The Challenge Prior to Change: How Brain Science Can Bring Managers and Leaders from Idea to Action Orientation     121

Chapter 6 From Action Orientation to Change: How Brain Science Can Bring Managers and Leaders from Action Orientation to Action     155

Chapter 7 Coaching Brain Regions     183

Chapter 8 Coaching Brain Processes     217

Index 255

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