Often we hear about the right brain and the left brain when in fact I would like to make it a little bit more simplistic. I think we have a positive brain and the negative brain. The positive brain is the brain that people feed with positive content and thoughts and emotions. The negative brain is the brain that allows negative thoughts and feelings. This in essence is a battle every single day for every single employee. I often crack a joke when I do public speaking that people have a balance act that they have to have every single day like a teeter totter. No one ever goes home at the end of the day when a loved one asks them how is your day and they say "neutral, I didn't have a feeling from 8 to 5". People usually laugh but what it indicates is it's kind of ridiculous because people normally have good days or bad days but why?
There are some fundamental reasons such as much of corporate training is tactical. We on-board people specific to their job, procedures, and policies of the company. Organizations will train their employees in areas around soft skills or job-related skills. Keep in mind these are all important but I think a fundamental fact remains: When people join an organization they are going to be faced with challenges and certainly at some point change. How do we coach and train people to embrace challenges and seek change professionally? I also crack the joke "when was the last time somebody walked into your office and said "boss I'm stagnant I could use some uncomfortable change if you have any for me". Again, this also sounds ridiculous, but it indicates a simple fact. People do not seek change and they will actually take extra energy to avoid anything that might facilitate it. Why? Employees relationship with change and challenge is typically an arduous or negative one. What if we change that relationship to be positive and got people thinking enthusiastically on a daily basis specific to challenges and change?
There is one more fundamental reason and that is the way we fuel our brain. First, when we go home at night we turn on the evening news and wow that's invigorating. Very few people make a tactical and conscientious effort to fuel their brain with positive thoughts, stories, inspirational insight, etc. What if employees fueled their brain with uplifting and positive stories and there were coaching strategies that prompted them to really own the reactions to such stories to make the workplace a better place? This leads to better teamwork, communication, happier employees, and a workplace that productively accepts challenges and embraces change.
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