Until very recently, it was widely believed that the human brain is hard-wired in childhood and determined largely by genetics. Not so. Current scientific research demonstrates that the brain is capable of growth throughout our lifetime and that while neural connections can disintegrate through lack of use, new connections can also be created. This ability to re-wire the brain is known as neuroplasticity. No longer must we believe that our leadership style is pre-determined. If such behavior is changeable, then we can change it. It is a liberating idea.
"Quantum" can be defined as a "sudden and significant increase in productivity." "Quantum Coaching" achieves such results by combining current findings on neuroplasticity with repetition and intentional reinforcement to build new neural connections. Participants are taught to identify current patterns, challenge incorrect interpretations of events and build new thought patterns that achieve their behavioral goals. Instead of being advised to "work on" a particular problem area, participants learn individually-tailored techniques that focus on their need. They practice these techniques in on-the-job situations, and those with whom they work are asked about resulting changes in behavior. Rather than being held hostage to one particular response to events, they learn to create new pathways and take control of their behavior.
Want to learn more about neuroplasticity? Consult:
- Dan Baker. What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better. 2003. Rodale.
- Sharon Begley. Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain. 2007. Ballantine Books.
- Gillian Butler, Ph.D. and Tony Hope, M.D. Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide. Oxford University Press. 2007.
- Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts. Cognitive Fitness. Harvard Business Review. November 1, 2007.
- Daniel Goleman. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships. 2006. Bantam Books.
- Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracle. 2005. Mountain of Love/Elite Books.
- Robert Mauer, Ph.D. One Small Step Can Change Your Life. 2004. Workman.
- Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. and Sharon Begley. The Mind & The Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force. 2002. Regan Books/Harper Collins.
- Patrick Renvoise and Christopher Morin. Neuromarketing: Understanding the Buy Buttons in Your Customer's Brain. 2007. Thomas Nelson
- Gillian Butler, Ph.D. and Tony Hope, M.D. Managing the Mind. Oxford University Press.