flexibility is necessary and profitable in the corporate environment.
Is there a proven technique to create and maintain a flexible mind?
Certainly, by exercising the mind daily in specific ways. Science
has studied and documented the theory of "use dependent plasticity." If
we ask ourselves questions each day that utilize both hemispheres
of our brain, we create neuronal connections cross-hemispherically.
clinical psychologist, Lee Pulos, Ph.D. explained, "High performance
people realize that it is important to oscillate back and forth
between two modes of consciousness depending on the task, and not
look at the world through gun-barrel vision." Gun-barrel vision
is using only half of your brain.
has also discovered that everyone tends to have hemispherical dominance
or gun-barrel vision. This handicap of using only half of our brains
keeps us from optimal performance. One method to overcome this is
by specifically targeting the less used portion of the neo-cortex
with questions that only it can answer. If this is presented in
a relaxed yet challenging way on a daily basis, the employee will
begin to see the usefulness of flexible thinking.
have developed a technique that is simple, playful and requires
very little time. By posing unique problems in the form of logical
puzzles as well as lateral puzzles, both sides of the brain are
challenged to arrive at solutions.
and pondering puzzles takes only a few minutes of each day. But
the repeated use of these puzzles, and their unique solutions, specifically
introduces different modes of thought to each user. New neuronal
connections are forged in the brain and the ability to switch modes
of reference becomes easier. Any exercise performed daily becomes
second nature. The ability to recognize what mode of thinking is
most appropriate to solve a problem will become intrinsic in each
employee creativity and mental flexibility is a value added commodity
to the corporate or institutional environment. For example, every
company has challenges that beset management each day. These include
working with new technology, processing and coordinating work load,
supervising personnel, and managing many different tasks effectively.
technique benefits all levels of company personnel. Whether you
are a small business with only five employees or a mutli-national
corporation with 100,000 employees, the ability for each employee
to do his job effectively is critical to the overall success of
respond to motivational rewards. It is recommended that companies
consider various incentives to employees to encourage them to utilize
this technique. Perhaps offering the opportunity to leave one hour
early on Friday to anyone who gets all puzzles right for that week
or for the month. Even simple recognition on a bulletin board is
appropriate. Managers and employees can be encouraged to participate
and discuss various solutions to puzzles as a group. These puzzles
are universally challenging and invite mutual discussion and team
cooperation. Different office locations can strive for company-wide