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Devin D. Thorpe

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3 Brain Friendly Insights to Be a Better Leader

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Laurie Carey is an educator and consultant who provides “brain-based professional development for the classroom, the conference room and the boardroom.” She is the founder of both Laurie Carey Consulting and the nonprofit We Connect the Dots. Laurie was introduced to us by our sponsor, Eclat Impact.

We Connect the Dots is currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with the audacious goal to raise $1 million for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.

Laurie connected with me to share some insights for us on operating in a more “brain-friendly” way. She says, “Understanding how your brain works, allows you to communicate better, to be a better leader, to be a better teacher, to be a better parent, and to handle life’s challenges both professionally and personally.”

Here are her three observations:

Life is just a state of mind:

The key to successfully developing positive change is to apply brain-friendly coaching to support the ability to shift from being uncomfortable to getting comfortable. Change can be difficult, and we can get caught up in our own brain bias, which prevents us from moving forward or stretching outside our comfort zone. The insight to solving problems can be right in front of us, but we can be blinded by our own bias without consciously even knowing it.

Diversity brings more innovation:

Diversity comes in many forms, the more diverse your team is, the greater opportunity for innovation to occur. Diversity provides the opportunity to see a problem from multiple perspectives or from multiple lenses. To create successful teams we first have to provide the right environment for them to share their values, their strengths, and how they can support each other’s success.

Disruption creates an opportunity to learn.

We live in a world where technology is changing our lives constantly. Businesses have to continually reinvent themselves to remain relevant. Those that are lifelong learners embrace the disruptions with interest. Disruptions create new opportunities to change the world; you can either be the disrupter or be disrupted.

Laurie Carey, courtesy of We Connect the Dots

Laurie Carey, courtesy of We Connect the Dots

On Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 3:00 Eastern, Laurie will join me for a live discussion about her three insights into changing the way our brains process information to improve the way we interact with the world and ultimately change the world. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

More about We Connect the Dots:

Our mission is to excite, inform and educate students about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers.  Through a collaboration with the community, education, government and the technology industry, WCTD provides awareness and education of the 21st Century workforce skills, as well as the opportunities available to students embracing STEAM careers.  Impacting students at a local, national and global level, our programs create a hunger for learning that empowers students to find their own paths to success.

More about Laurie Carey Consulting, LLC:

Twitter: @bfconnections

Brain-based professional development for the classroom, the conference room, and the boardroom Laurie Carey Consulting was founded with a mission to use brain-based learning and coaching models to create positive outcomes across education and professional development communities, where technology is used as a tool for supporting more productive and engaging learning experiences. Understanding more about the brain allows us to facilitate more effective one-on-one and one-to-many interactions that help generate positive and empowering outcomes, supporting both teachers and students in classroom engagements, as well as supporting both managers and employees in the workplace.

Laurie’s bio:

Twitter: @ljcoach

Laurie Carey is a new American educator – challenging the problems of American education with a multi-prong vision that brings the tools of business success, innovative educational practices, and strategic technology to schools, districts, universities, teachers, students and parents. Laurie Carey is not the proprietor of another educational product or service. The entities that she has founded, Laurie Carey Consulting, LLC and We Connect The Dots, Inc., are driven by ideas, passions, individual skills, partnerships and the efficacy of research. Both entities utilize mutually supporting designs to bring American education to a new level of effectiveness and leadership by replacing stagnation and irrelevance with passionate motivational learning and teaching.

It is one thing to discuss technology as a transformative and equalizing learning approach. It is quite another to explore the depths of this transformation. Laurie Carey Consulting, LLC deploys the teams that unleash the ideas that propel student learning and catalyze systemic change. Partnerships with industry organizations to bring a new understanding to the relevance of the Internet as powerful force to developing learning skills. Laurie Carey Consulting teams create Work-Based Learning experiences that prepare all students to think as innovators, entrepreneurs, and individuals with unique skills to offer a 21st century world employing tools such as brain-based coaching and research metrics. Laurie Carey Consulting teams address the whole of a school or district’s needs with educational strategies, funding plans, research frameworks and interventions designed for the success of all students.

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