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The Human Brain is a Time Traveler

The Human Brain is a Time Traveler

In the Context of Coaching workshop, the heart of coaching is connecting to what’s important to the coachee, or the
Power of Y.  This approach to coaching motivates team members intrinsically by uncovering what is deeply meaningful and is a better predictor of performance success than extrinsic motivators, like money. One concept is uncovering and listening for values and another is asking questions about desired future-state.

In his 2018 New York Times article, The Human Brain is a Time Traveler, author Steven Johnson explains one of the most important discoveries to date about the human brain, “its aptitude for cognitive time travel which is a defining property of human intelligence.” Time travel, or mind wandering, are naturally flowing thoughts about what has been or what could be, and a way of imagining and potentially predicting future state. Unique to humans brains, this process is one of the last to develop in young adults and is the most complex brain function. Captured on PET scans, intense random brain activity during REST, shows relaxation time is often used for reflection and imagining of past and future events. From a Fixed Mindset this can create negative emotions and self-fulfilling outcomes. In today’s fully-wired world, we may not allow regular time for our brain to naturally process by sorting out past learning and dreaming of future possibilities. We may not have learned how to use a Growth Mindset to harness that brainpower. Coaching is one way to support others in taking the time to slow down and think more deeply to accelerate learning and contemplate desired outcomes.

“According to Marcus Raichle at Washington University, it may not be too late to repair whatever damage we may have done to our prospective powers…we can get better at daydreaming, if we give ourselves the time to do it.”

While the article is long, it’s an interesting read:

Cover of Deb Siverson's book The Cycle of Transformation
With all the ups and downs of the economy and the various dramas in the business world in recent years, good leadership is more crucial than ever before. But the old methods don’t seem to produce the desired results any longer.
Author Deb Siverson knows this from firsthand experience. She worked for twenty years under the old productivity-based coaching model before she was introduced to a more relational approach. But rather than exchange one for the other, she realized that both models had something to offer. So she blended their effective aspects and created her own coaching model: the Cycle of Transformation.
Now, leaders can learn how to become “leader coaches” who empower their employees to fully engage with the company, resulting in a mutually beneficial connection that improves job satisfaction—which leads to increased productivity and profits. Approaching their role relationally, leader coaches play an important role in transforming their employees’ lives at work. And this is no small accomplishment.
Often enlightening and always practical, The Cycle of Transformation informs readers how to develop trust, why it’s important to spark insight before pushing for action, and so much more.
Don’t you think it’s time you refresh your leadership approach?