In Zen and Congitive Science, TRACT put together a rare panel of experts to discuss the connections between the Zen experience and the recent developments in neuroscience and psychology.
Lecia Bushak Lecia Bushak is a writer and reporter focusing on medical, science, and international news. While the modern-day science behind this age-old practice is still developing, plenty of studies suggest that meditation is about way more than blissing out — take a look at some of the possible benefits below, and scroll down for more information on each.
Meditation training improves a wide range of willpower skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness. Research also supports the notion that mindfulness meditation decreases emotional reactivity. Like pain, researchers have suggested that mindfulness meditation helps the brain to have better control over sensations, including negative emotions. Meditation is generally an internal, personal practice and done without any external involvement, except perhaps prayer beads to count prayers, though many practitioners of meditation may rely on external objects such as candle flames as points on which to focus their attention as an aid to the process. When you sit down to meditate, your brain waves shift and you enter a deeper level of consciousness.
Binaural Beats are simply sounds or pitches that modify the brainwaves of the brain and have been found to help people experience more consciousness, spirituality, relaxation, and more.
You can release DMT (Dimethyltryptamine is a naturally occurring hallucinogenic substance that is produced by our bodies in our sleep; it is the substance that creates our dreams) and achieve Astral Projection through I-Dosing meditation. Binaural Beats and the effects they produce on users brain has been known since 1839 when German physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove found that two tones played at slightly different frequencies in each ear makes the listener think they are hearing a quick beat.
But with advancement of cognitive science right now, it is possible to create binaural beats that actually do much more - namely simulate the effects of variety of known drugs or even create new ones.
If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual. Whether you're running a company, heading up a startup, or leading a team, asking yourself these questions every day will help you get the most out of your work and leadership and make the difference in your success. Successful leaders understand the importance of goal-setting in everything from long-term vision to short-term motivation. Your bad habits--and we all have them in some form--may be damaging your credibility and your business.
If you want to create a shift in your business and your leadership, make a daily practice of asking yourself the right questions--because it is the right questions that lead us to the right answers. Lolly Daskal is the president and CEO of Lead From Within, a global consultancy that specializes in leadership and entrepreneurial development. I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, because I’ve taken the opportunity, for the first time in many years, to play tennis nearly every day.
During the past year, I’ve read no fewer than five books — and a raft of scientific research — which powerfully challenge that assumption (see below for a list). We’ve found, in our work with executives at dozens of organizations, that it’s possible to build any given skill or capacity in the same systematic way we do a muscle: push past your comfort zone, and then rest.
Like everyone who studies performance, I’m indebted to the extraordinary Anders Ericsson, arguably the world’s leading researcher into high performance.
If you want to be really good at something, it’s going to involve relentlessly pushing past your comfort zone, as well as frustration, struggle, setbacks and failures. Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break.
I have practiced tennis deliberately over the years, but never for the several hours a day required to achieve a truly high level of excellence. My colleagues at The Concours Institute and I just finished a piece of research that included a series of focus groups with employed members of Generation Y — participants in the workforce under the age of 27.
They are impatient and want what they’re doing now to be as enjoyable and meaningful as possible. And, they are positively amazed by corporations’ obsession with time — both the absolute amount we spend on work and our emphasis on specific times: “I need more days off . Of the thousands surveyed, only about one-third of workers (34%) said they aspire to leadership positions – and just 7% strive for C-level management (the rest said they aspire to middle-management or department-head roles). The online survey polled a nationwide sample of 3,625 full-time workers in government and the private sector, across salary levels, industries, and company sizes. And even without these issues, leading others is – and has always been – just really, really hard. When survey respondents were asked why they weren’t eyeing managerial roles, the majority (52%) said they were satisfied in their current roles, and a third (34%) said they didn’t want to sacrifice work-life balance. This is hardly a comprehensive list, but companies should pay close attention to how many people back away from leadership due to fears of forfeited work-life balance. This “long hours” problem is one key reason why the percentage of women in senior positions remains stalled. On top of that, the CareerBuilder survey found that one in five workers felt that his or her organization had a glass ceiling barring women and minorities from advancing.
So while most Americans might not want to give up precious family time to cross over to management, many of those who would feel that they won’t be able to – regardless of their willingness, skills, or education. Organizations can do a better job of making sure everyone has access to the same development opportunities – but they may also want to focus on steering young professionals toward leadership. Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder offers an explanation for the drop-off: “Upon entering the prime of their careers, workers who haven’t yet ascended to a leadership role often decide, for a variety of reasons, that their career is fine right where it is. So yes, we might wish that more people were driven to rise through the ranks and lead, but the results don’t necessarily reflect a lack of ambition.
El analisis DAFO, tambien conocido como matriz o analisis FODA, es una herramienta de estudio de la situacion de una empresa o un proyecto.
Estamos asistiendo en los ultimos dias a innumerables informaciones por los diferentes acontecimientos politicos sobre el liderazgo y la capacidad de dirigir.
In honor of the Army's 239th birthday, here are some of the top leadership lessons I learned from serving in and reporting on the United States Army. Most military units have a person or a unit in charge of collecting and collating intelligence. Being a true leader means thinking long term and committing to your people even after they're no longer part of your effort. You can't possibly check everything, so instead, create a culture that suggests you could wind up checking just about anything. This came home to me when I was in Iraq as a reporter, and I wanted to interview a high-ranking officer, only to be told that he had gone home on leave--basically the military word for vacation. Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives.
Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
People who use humor to cope with stress have better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain during dental work and live longer. All rights reserved.Medical Daily is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendation. One small 2003 study showed a link between an eight-week mindfulness meditation program and better immune function, and 2012 UCLA research suggested meditation could improve the immune system in older people. In 2013 research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in the Waisman Center, scientists identified a possible tie between mindfulness meditation and the relief of inflammatory symptoms among people who suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions. A 2012 study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes showed a link between Transcendental Mediation and a reduction in heart attack, stroke and early death from heart disease in a group of African Americans, TIME reported. A 2010 study published in Psychological Science showed that Buddhist meditation improved focus and attention on a task that was designed to be both boring and demanding. Another Psychological Science study identified a link between mindfulness training and increased standardized test scores, as well as improvements in working memory. A 2013 study from researchers at Northeastern and Harvard Universities suggested that meditation may be the key to unlocking compassion. A small study from Emory University showed that a compassion-based meditation program, called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), might help people to read others’ facial expressions, HuffPost reported when the results were released in 2012. The 2014 review of 47 randomized trials, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that mindfulness meditation can be effective in easing depression for some patients, as well as anxiety, HuffPost previously reported.
University of Oregon Research released in 2012 suggested that one type of Chinese mindfulness meditation could be associated with physical changes in the brain — ones that might help stave off mental illness, HuffPost reported when the findings were released.
In a study of people who had anywhere from one month to 29 years of mindfulness meditation practice, researchers found that mindfulness meditation practice helped people disengage from emotionally upsetting pictures and enabled them to focus better on a cognitive task as compared with people who saw the pictures but did not meditate (Ortner et al., 2007).

Australian research published in Clinical Psychologist suggested that being mindful (which can be cultivated through mindfulness meditation) may be linked to having a healthier relationship with food and your body, Berkeley’s Greater Good reported.
The review of studies from Johns Hopkins University researchers that was published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that mindfulness meditation may improve anxiety for certain people. Research presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies suggested that meditation could be helpful in the treatment of insomnia. Meditation often involves invoking or cultivating a feeling or internal state, such as compassion, or attending to a specific focal point. For the unfamiliar, I-Dosing is the attempt to achieve a perceived drug "high" from listening with head phones to Binaural Beats music and sounds. Ever since the phenomenon was used in clinical settings to research hearing and sleep cycles, to induce various brain wave states, and treat anxiety.
Focusing on your goals helps you to organize your actions and make the most of your ambition and aspirations. It is well worth putting in the daily time and effort to overcome them and replace them with things that will serve you better. It is your internal drive to achieve, produce, and develop--and it's always to your benefit to pay attention to the things that feed your personal motivation. You're not born with the qualities that make up your character, but they develop as you go through your experiences, your failures, and your wins. You can choose to see failure as proof of your inadequacy, or recognize it as an incredible learning experience. Daskal's programs galvanize clients into achieving their best, helping them accelerate and deliver on their professional goals and business objectives. I’ve also written one, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, which lays out a guide, grounded in the science of high performance, to systematically building your capacity physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
For more than two decades, Ericsson has been making the case that it’s not inherited talent which determines how good we become at something, but rather how hard we’re willing to work — something he calls “deliberate practice.” Numerous researchers now agree that 10,000 hours of such practice is the minimum necessary to achieve expertise in any complex domain.
That’s true as long as you want to continue to improve, or even maintain a high level of excellence.
Ninety minutes appears to be the maximum amount of time that we can bring the highest level of focus to any given activity. Relaxing after intense effort not only provides an opportunity to rejuvenate, but also to metabolize and embed learning. But I find it incredibly exciting to know that I’m still capable of getting far better at tennis — or at anything else — and so are you. We asked them how corporations and the business world in general looked to them, based on their first impressions. Without a doubt, the most engaged Y’s were those who felt that they’d been given very challenging assignments: “They gave me full responsibility for a project. Although this extends to life in general for most Y’s, it certainly applies to the work environment. Broken down further, the results show that more men (40%) hope to have a leadership role than women (29%), and that African Americans (39%) and LGBT workers (44%) are more likely to want to climb the corporate ladder than the national average. It’s the first time CareerBuilder has asked about leadership aspirations in a worker survey (they now plan to track it semi-annually or annually), so we don’t know if these numbers signal an increase in people who don’t want to be leaders.
Managers have the inherently alienating task of balancing conflicting interests of the worker and the corporation, as a young Warren Bennis summed up in 1961. An inadequate work-life culture not only affects your competitiveness, performance, and employee retention and engagement, it can also shrink your talent pipeline. There’s a real sense that women, and now men, can’t advance their careers and also have families.
And when only looking at those who do want those top jobs one day, it became nearly one in four – and the percentage was even higher among women (33%), Hispanics (34%), African Americans (50%), and workers with disabilities (59%).
The survey results show that younger generations are far more interested in becoming leaders later in their careers – a sign that should further quash the lurching “Millennials Are Lazy!” debate.
Analiza su situacion interna (Fortalezas y Debilidades) y su situacion externa (Oportunidades y Amenazas).En ingles se utilizan las siglas SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses,Opportunities y Threats).
ICF Espana, la asociacion de coaches de mayor prestigio del mundo y la que vela por el desarrollo y la calidad del coaching profesional, quiere recordar como ya en la antigua Roma se diferenciaba entre la autoridad y el poder, auctoritas y potestas.Segun estudios recientes, uno de los principa les motivos del fracaso de los directivos espanoles es no saber liderar, no cohesionar equipos, no ser fuerza o motor generador de ideas y crecimiento, en definitiva.
It's easy to articulate but can be very difficult to do, which might be why so few would-be leaders actually do it. It's about acting in a way that engenders respect, which also means holding your team accountable.
Your team members--whether they are soldiers or the staff of a marketing department--will take their cues from you. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. Relationships are worth more than you think (approximately an extra $131,232 a year.) Not feeling socially connected can make you stupider and kill you.
Naps increase alertness and performance on the job, enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones. Plus, a review of 47 studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this year showed that meditation may be helpful in easing pain (though it was difficult for the researchers to identify exactly what type of pain, according to Reuters).
Randy Zusman at Massachusetts General Hospital took patients being treated with typical high blood pressure medication and taught them a technique called the relaxation response; more than half experienced a drop in blood pressure, sometimes even resulting in reduced medication, NPR reported.
In fact, a 2009 study from UCLA researchers showed that MRI scans of long-time meditators revealed that certain parts of their brains were larger than those of a control group, particularly in regions known for emotion regulation. The findings, which were published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that volunteers who underwent eight-week trainings in two types of meditation reacted more compassionately than those who hadn’t meditated. A 2012 Brain, Behavior and Immunity study of 40 adults between the ages of 55 and 85 showed that a two-month mindfulness meditation program was linked with reduced loneliness. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions, especially, in Western countries, in monastic settings.
Govern your sense of responsibility and responses to events to develop the character you'd like to have. It shows you what really matters and what's important, and it keeps you level-headed and focused on what is important. Trust Across America has identified Daskal as a Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior.
I’ve had a number of rapturous moments during which I’ve played like the player I long to be.
For most of my adult life, I’ve accepted the incredibly durable myth that some people are born with special talents and gifts, and that the potential to truly excel in any given pursuit is largely determined by our genetic inheritance. The reward is that being really good at something you’ve earned through your own hard work can be immensely satisfying. Most great performers, Ericsson and others have found, delay gratification and take on the difficult work of practice in the mornings, before they do anything else.
The evidence is equally strong that great performers practice no more than 4 ? hours a day. Too much feedback, too continuously can create cognitive overload, increase anxiety, and interfere with learning. It’s also during rest that the right hemisphere becomes more dominant, which can lead to creative breakthroughs.
The least engaged Y’s in our groups were those who felt they had been given “prove it” work — tasks that had to be done to earn the right to move on to something more significant.
After all, their parents are always interested in their views — in fact, always encouraging them to speak up more. So it’s no wonder there are more people who dislike being in charge than people who like it.
Hacer notar que en ingles estan agrupados los factores internos (SW) y los factores externos (OT) lo que resulta mas sencillo de recordar de cara al analisis que vamos a ver a continuacion.La matriz DAFO es una herramienta de que posibilita el pensamiento estrategico, es decir, permite hacernos una composicion de lugar previa a la fijacion de estrategias. When individual team members fall short, it's up to you as a great leader to correct them. You need to be able to rely on them to follow up and to ensure that the things they can see are working correctly. The theory was that if the top commanders didn't take leave, then nobody below them would, either. Similarly, money alone is rarely enough to make people happy after working hard in business in entrepreneurship.

He is the author of Breakthrough Entrepreneurship (with Jon Burgstone) and is a former reporter for The Washington Post. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life. Sex may help prevent heart attacks and cancer, improve your immune system and extend your life. The American Heart Association also says that the stress-busting benefits of different types of meditation can be a boon to heart health. And it doesn’t take a lifetime of practice — brain changes have been observed after eight weeks of brief daily meditation training. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital who studies mindfulness meditation, previously told HuffPost that regular meditation may stave off the thinning of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, and in turn declines in cognitive function, later in life.
Specifically, researchers set up a waiting room where an actor with crutches appeared to be in pain while other actors ignored her — 15 percent of the non-meditators helped the person in pain, compared with 50 percent of those in the meditating group. Plus, a University of Utah study released last year showed a connection between mindful personality traits and improved sleep quality.
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One of Ericsson’s central findings is that practice is not only the most important ingredient in achieving excellence, but also the most difficult and the least intrinsically enjoyable. The best way to insure you’ll take on difficult tasks is to build rituals — specific, inviolable times at which you do them, so that over time you do them without having to squander energy thinking about them. As I argued in an earlier post (“What Are They Thinking?“), I believe this sense of impatience is not a reflection of youth (as many older bosses would love to believe), but will continue to be a defining hallmark of Generation Y throughout their lives.
Marketers have been soliciting their opinions and catering to their preferences all their life. Many people don’t want their boss’s job – for reasons that range from generational differences to being happy in their current positions to concerns about responsibility and work-life balance. En productividad personal es posible aplicar el DAFO en dos escenarios, ambos ligados con la perspectiva.
Hasta hace relativamente poco, los directivos y todos aquellos que ocupan puestos de responsabilidad, utilizaban el metodo de la imposicion y el control ferreo para gestionar personas.Este tipo de gestion genera miedos e inseguridades, lo que mata la creatividad, el compromiso y la motivacion. Doing so in a constructive manner sends the message that you care about both your mission and your people.
You need time away from your work and your team in order to see things clearly and lead better.
The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life than even exercise. Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it’s more responsible for your success than IQ. Under the HoodBehavior, Neuroscience & Your Brain Does Chemical Castration Help Child Sex Offenders Control Their Urges? Michael Irwin, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Cousins Center, said in a statement when the findings were released. The technology has been known about for a long time, and is completely safe, but it is only in the last 20 years or so that use of binaural beats has become more widespread, in line with the increase in use of digital media generally. Hoy en dia y atendiendo a lo que hemos podido aprender de los grandes lideres historicos, podemos decir que existe un nuevo tipo de liderazgo que se apoya en habilidades de Coaching, un liderazgo basado en la autoridad y no simplemente en el poder.De los grandes lideres hemos podido aprender que el recurso mas valioso con el que cuentan para llevar a buen puerto su cometido son las personas, sus fieles y leales colaboradores.
So, although you want to hold people to high standards, you also want to embrace your humanity. Want to read more, make suggestions, or even be featured in a future column? Contact me and sign up for my weekly email. Not getting an education or taking advantage of opportunities are two of the things people look back on their lives and regret the most. The difference between someone who violates children from someone who does not act may be chemical castration. Our participants were annoyed that their efforts to reach out appeared to have fallen on deaf ears: “I tried offering suggestions, but I wasn’t supported.
Por ello, el primer paso, para un gran futuro lider, es “reconocer su importancia, y por ello la jerarquia dej a paso a la colaboracion y al apoyo; y la censura a la evaluacion honesta”, senalaJulio Marco, secretario General de ICF Espana. Share good news and enthusiatically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships.
Cuando hablo de proyectos me refiero a proyectos complejos, no al simple encadenamiento de acciones que Allen considera proyecto (desde el punto de vista de GTD). Lo primero que subyace es que el cambio ya no es temido sino bienvenido, y la motivacion externa da paso a la motivacion interna.La gran paradoja esta en que “para liderar, hay que servir”.
Un DAFO al principio de un proyecto puede poner sobre el tapete muchas cosas que acabaran surgiendo a posteriori.Vamos a centrarnos en la primera variante, lo que he llamado “DAFO personal”.
En definitiva, un liderazgo basado en la autoridad.Poder significa “capacidad de accion” es decir, que puede y tiene en sus manos el quitar o poner, el dar o no dar, el ascender o despedir, etc. Es decir esta basado en la capacidad coercitiva de las personas que lo ostentan y dura lo que dura su cargo diferencia del poder, la autoridad no viene implicita en el cargo. Analisis de la situacion interna.Los elementos internos que se deben analizar durante el DAFO corresponden a las fortalezas y debilidades que uno mismo tiene.
La autoridad la otorgan los demas, se gana dia a dia, acto a acto, y se extiende mucho mas alla de lo que dura el poder.“Es la capacidad moral de dirigir, aconsejar, y emitir opiniones cualificadas, ganada a traves de la generacion de confianza y la demostracion de determinadas competencias, habilidades y valores que otorgan una legitimacion social fuera de toda duda. InnovationTechnology & the Business of Medicine This Soft Exosuit Will Help You Carry A Heavy Load Newly designed exosuit can assist those carrying a heavy load by reducing the amount of energy used while walking. Si bien no tienen un sentido negativo pensando en abstracto si lo tienen para mi hoy mismo.Las debilidades son problemas internos, que, una vez identificados y desarrollando una adecuada estrategia, pueden y deben eliminarse o minimizarse. The HillHealthcare, Policy & Governance Johnson & Johnson Loses Another Lawsuit Over Talcum Powder Products The company plans to appeal the court's decision. Analisis de la situacion externa.O-OportunidadesLas oportunidades son aquellos factores, positivos, que se generan en el entorno y que, una vez identificados, pueden ser aprovechados.
Esta es una tecnica de creatividad pensada para grupos que aplicaras cuando trabajes en el DAFO de un proyecto pero que tambien es posible aplicar de manera individual.No olvides que. Cuando realices un DAFO personal y definas estrategias, centrate en poten ciar tus fortalezas antes que en eliminar tus debilidades. Es mucho mas apreciada una persona brillante en un aspecto y floja en el resto que una persona estandar en todo. Weird MedicineScience is Stranger Than Fiction A Rotationplasty Turns Your Ankle Into A Knee Rotationplasty may seem unconventional but it actually has great benefits for those who choose to undergo it. No aceptes una idea mediocre cuando tienes un potencial infinito dentro de la fortaleza de tu mente. Doctors in India conduct cheap leg-lengthening procedures for those who wish to get taller, but lack of regulation and training deem the operations risky. They found that, indeed, meditation as a form of therapy actually changes the brain for the better — and can help people cope with cognitive impairment as well as migraines.In the first study, the researchers examined participants aged 55 to 90 years old who had some form of mild cognitive impairment.
Some of the participants practiced MBSR for eight weeks, and they ended up with improved functional connectivity in an area of the brain that’s associated with memories. As a result, the authors believe that meditation can help fight Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The participants who practiced MBSR for eight weeks also had fewer migraines that were less painful than people who didn’t practice MBSR, as outlined in the second study.The researchers were inspired by their own personal experiences with yoga and meditation. Rebecca Erwin Wells, the lead author of the study, explained in the press release that when she was a varsity rower in college, her coach made the team take yoga and meditation classes.“My teammates and I noticed that yoga and meditation improved our flexibility and focus, but also made us feel better, not just when we were rowing but in our everyday lives,” Wells noted in the press release. In one, researchers found that people who meditated produced a larger amount of antibodies, and had a stronger immune system when given the flu virus, compared to people who didn’t meditate. Another study found that meditating for eight weeks significantly altered the brain’s gray matter, which is typically associated with processing information. This is one reason why researchers believe meditation could boost memory and empathy, and reduce stress.Yet another study found that mindfulness and meditation improved sleep quality among older people, and might even work better than melatonin or other sleep aid pills.

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