Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tips for Women in Leadership Roles

If you are a woman in a corporate business environment, you aren't alone. In fact, more women are joining major corporations every day. However, if you have a leadership role in that business environment, you are definitely in the minority.

It can be a daunting task trying to manage your team, especially if that team happens to consist mainly of men. So, here are some quick tips to help you gain the upper hand:

1- Own Your Success:

If you are a female leader in a business environment, look at how you got there. Surely, something about you made those above you want to promote you to such a position. So, even though you might feel in over your head a little to start, don't immediately assume that you will fail. Confidence is one of the keys to success for anyone in a leadership role, whether they are male or female.

2- Control Your Emotions:

You are going to encounter sexist people on occasion. You can't necessarily change their view, but you can keep yourself from adding to the problem. Maintaining a professional attitude during an uncomfortable discussion or confrontation is one of the signs of a great leader. Successful female leaders don't let an occasional bad remark get under their skin. Just remember that keeping a cool head doesn't mean being cold to your team. You are all working towards the same goals together. So, you need to be friendly, but professional.

3- Be Present for Your Team:

Regardless of whether you are leading 5 people or 50, one of the best things you can do to cement your role as a female leader is to be present for your team. There is nothing worse than a team leader who locks themselves in their office all day. Get to know your team. Be friendly, fair, and above all, available. Once you know each other well, you can build on each team member's strengths.

4- Encourage Communication:

Many women in leadership roles try too hard to prove that they know what they are doing. That causes them to stop communicating with the team. Instead, they make a decision and stick to it. That often leads to a complete breakdown of team morale. As a female leader, it's reasonable to be a little nervous about your team taking you seriously. However, they are likely to respect your opinions and your authority more when you also respect their opinions. That's why it's absolutely vital that you listen to each team members concerns and ideas. You may be a leader, but there is a difference between leadership and dictatorship. When your team knows that you are open to suggestions, they will be much more likely to voice opinions and let you know when issues pop up.

5- Explain Yourself:

Whenever possible, don't just tell your team when you make a final decision on something important. Instead, take the time to explain why you made that decision, especially if it wasn't a popular decision. Your team may disagree with you, but they will have more respect for you when they understand how you reached your conclusion.

6- Learn the Art of Constructive Criticism:

Women in leadership roles are often forced to criticize their team members. If a team member makes a mistake, you need to be able to tell them what they did wrong in a constructive way. Most people are open to learning, when they are given a chance. So, you may simply need to explain what is expected in a different way. Female leaders are often good at giving constructive criticism, especially if they have children. After all, leading a business team and raising a child are similar. The point is to help people learn and grow in order to reach an end goal.

7- Never Stop Learning:

Some women (and men) in leadership roles assume that they know everything they need to know already, but the best female leaders understand that the business world is always changing. So, it's important to keep learning and expanding your knowledge base.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Right Brain Learning , Memory Training

Many people learn well through their sense of sight. They can watch someone do something and then can duplicate the task with practice. Other people learn well through their sense of hearing, by listening to the instructions. Most people tend to learn best through a combination of their senses including those of seeing, hearing and doing. Doing is kin-esthetic or our sense of feeling. Other learning moments rely strongly on taste and smell such as when someone is striving to be a chef. For most of us, it is the feeling/doing experience that helps us to truly integrate new information and skills. Once we actively participate in whatever we are learning we progress more easily.

Many years ago I worked as an adapted P.E. Teacher in San Diego, California. Some of my students were "severely emotionally disturbed." I remember one eight year old boy who was unable to write his name. His teacher didn't know how to help him succeed since all of his previous efforts had failed. One day, I wrote the boy's name upon the ground with chalk in great big letters. I asked him to walk on top of each letter, tracing them with his body movement. Each time he did, I asked him to say the letter. After this experience he knew how to spell his name. He simply needed to integrate this information kin-esthetically. He was relaxed and having fun. This is right brain learning.

It is natural to learn through our senses. We see, hear, smell, taste and feel. These signals are received by the body before reaching the brain with conscious awareness. Children will visually study an object with great intensity. They touch things to their cheek or to their lips. They often smell or taste things. Why do infants put everything in their mouth? It is because they are learning about the world around them through their tongue. They touch and feel in much broader ways because it is natural. They learn through their senses first and then they learn how to think. We are all this way. Sensory learning is primary and logical learning is secondary. When we use more or our mind's natural abilities for learning we have greater resources for creating successful results.

There are four parts to the learning process:
1. The teacher's part is that of sharing the information.
2. The student's part is to focus on what is happening.
3. The student's part is to receive and hopefully integrate the new information.
4. The student's part is to recall the information when needed, such as when taking a test or when useful in a real life situation.

Regarding #1, the teacher's part of sharing information, it is interesting to note that when we are children in kindergarten we are cheerfully led to learn new things through engaging our senses. We learn our ABC's through song, we learn the months and how many days they have through a rhyme "30 days has September, April June and November... " We learn simple addition and subtraction by counting items such as blocks or sticks as we move them from one place to another. We are actively engaged through sensory awareness.

Some of these tactile learning skills remain through first and second grade but often by the third grade most teaching shifts from right brain teaching to left brain teaching. This means it changes from primarily sensory learning to secondary logical learning. Now we are taught to memorize the times tables, or names or dates and math is nothing more than numbers on paper. There is a better way.

Learning through right brain sensory awareness is primary.
Learning through left brain intellectual concepts is secondary.

Studies show that when children engage in right brain activities such as music or dance, they do better with left brain activities such as math and English. When we teach children through right brain approaches, they are more stimulated and excited. Rather than feeling bored they can learn in a way that is engaging and pleasing.

Let's look at #2, the student's ability to focus. The lack of this ability is often labeled as ADD or ADHD. I feel strongly that it is unrealistic to expect a young child to sit in a chair for many hours every day as his or her brain is fed information. Many children are given medication so that they can manage to fit into this very unnatural mold. Young animals are active and energetic naturally. Another common influence behind this problem is that of a lack of sleep. When children are tired they have to overstimulate themselves just so that they can remain awake.

Consider a young child who has spent most of his or her time at home where the environment tends to be peaceful. Even with siblings, the amount of external stimulation is limited. Now this same child is three or four or five years old and they are placed in a room with twenty or twenty-five other children. This child hasn't any experience with learning how to block out so much external stimulation. Even if the room is quiet, many children are highly sensitive and they can feel the abundance of energy in the classroom.

Why do we expect that all children can automatically focus in the classroom when most of them have never had a chance to learn how to do so?

Right Brain and Strength of Memory
Using the following story, I'd like to build upon the idea of using sensory learning for greater integration of information and for ease of recalling the information at a later time. When we use our senses it makes it easier to recall the information when needed.

"You're riding your bike and you see a shiny piece of quartz crystal on the ground. You stop and pick it up. You hold it up to the sunlight and you can see a small rainbow deep inside. Now you come to a large fountain with something unusual on top. The water is flowing down into 3 pools. There are pennies and coins in each pool. You make a wish and toss your piece of quartz crystal in the water. It sparkles in the water."

Sensory Integration
* You're riding your bike - Imagine this in your mind's eye. Feel it. What kind of bike is it? What color is your bike?
* You see the shiny quartz crystal - What shape, size etc.
* You hold it up to the sunlight - Feel the sun shining on your face.
*You see a small rainbow inside - Describe it to me. (See it.)
* You come to a fountain with something unusual on top. What's on top? Describe it to me. (See it)
* The water is flowing down into 3 pools of water filled with pennies and coins (See it. See the coins shimmering beneath the water. Feel the water splashing on your face.)
* Imagine making a wish and throwing your crystal in the water where is sparkles in the sunlight.

I tell this story two or three times while asking the child to be engaged through his or her imagination. Then, I ask the child to tell me the story. Most children find this is easy for them to do and they tend to be quite accurate in recalling the key elements. This is independent of how much time passes. Even weeks later, they are still able to retell the story with relative ease.

I have used the following ideas to help children learn to focus more effectively:

Laser Beam
First, we talk about laser beams. A laser bean takes scattered electrons that randomly flow and it moves them all in one direction. Rather than being scattered the electrons form a line of energy, a laser that is powerful enough to burn a hole through steal or gentle enough to do delicate eye surgery. What started from scattered chaos becomes focused and useful.

Then we talk about how the mind is like that. It can either be scattered or it can be like a laser beam. When it's like a laser beam, it has a lot of power. I further mention that when they are listening to their teacher or focusing on school work, that is the best time for their mind to be like a laser beam. Then we can engage in the following activity:

Laser Beam Activity
Sit directly across from the child you are helping, eye to eye when possible. Tell him or her to be like a laser beam. All they can do is to focus on you and your voice. No matter what else happens around them, they are more focused on you and what they are learning. Now retell the short story.

Next we add some external stimulation. I have another person stand behind the child who is seated. This person's job is to be a distraction. They can talk or jump or clap etc. They continue to do this while you re-tell the story. You can give the suggestion, "No matter how much goes on around you, you focus more like a laser beam. You focus like a laser beam and nothing bothers or disturbs you." This continues several times through and each time the level of distractions are increased. Lastly, have the child tell you the story to see how well they were able to focus on you, independent of the distractions. This process can be repeated with other stories and great results can be found when we use information that the child needs to learn for school. We can take their most challenging subject area and turn it into a successful and enjoyable experience.

Following is a real life example to show how this same sensory learning can work in more advanced learning situations for adults.

I worked with a client who was in her fifty's when she decided to start a new career. She wanted to become an accountant. She felt overwhelmed with the amount of information she needed to learn and was greatly concerned about being able to pass her test. Now, nothing can be further away from creative influences than that of accounting and numbers, yet we were able to use right brain strengths in her learning process.

In her imagination we created a neighborhood. In the first house lived a single mother with two children. We placed the necessary tax information on the door and around the house. We threaded it into this single mother's life. Next store was a man who worked at home. Again, we imagined this man, what he did and what tax benefits he earned for working at home. For example, "He's allowed to write off 'x' percentage of his utilities" became an image of his lights throughout the house, each one displaying the number representing the allowed percentage for tax benefits. Soon we had an entire neighborhood complete with clues for most of the needed information.

I am happy to say this client past her test the first time through! She felt calm and capable throughout. The information she needed was easy to recall and instead of being stressed she had a enjoyable time.

These few examples demonstrate ways of bringing right brain, sensory processing into learning. Here are a few basic thoughts to keep in mind as you progress:
* Make the images as real as you can - feel like it is really happening.
* The sillier the image the easier it is to recall the information. (Think about the Geico gecko.)
* Connect one idea to another so that they form a storyline.
* Make up a song or a rhyme to remember the information.
* Relax and enjoy the process!

When we use more of our mind for learning, then learning is fun and easy. Relaxation and enjoyment allow for new information to be integrated and accessed far more easily. Imagine how different our educational system would be if we decided to embrace this natural way of learning! Are you ready to experience what your brain can do for you?

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Memory Retrieval Hypnosis, Memory Training

It can be quite disheartening to lose something important and not be able to recall where you put it or, even worse, lose memories of certain events. Many are aware of the great benefits hypnotherapy provides for personal growth, but did you also know that it can help you find your lost items and restore memories? Memory Retrieval Hypnosis has been used by many to retrieve lost items and more.

How can hypnosis help you remember? The answer lies in the way memories work. While memory is a highly complex system that is not yet fully understood, it is known that it involves a two-step process - storage and retrieval. Imagine for a second that a specific memory was recorded on a piece of paper and you filed that paper in a folder appropriately labeled inside of a file cabinet alphabetically. In this case, you can easily retrieve that folder containing the memory. Now, say you have another memory that was recorded on a paper inside of a folder while a lot of chaos was going on and you rushed to get it put away quickly. What do you think happens when you go to find that folder? Well, due to the chaotic events, it could be that you aren't able to find it very easily. You could've put it in the wrong place or even incorrectly labeled the folder.

Our memories are a lot like this. Often times when an event occurs that is traumatic, whether we were betrayed or hurt in any kind of way, or perhaps even threatened, that memory is stored in the deeper parts of our psyche. This is actually a form of protection, although it can become a hindrance. The memories aren't truly lost, you just do not currently have the ability to retrieve them. Memory Retrieval Hypnotherapy can assist you in unlocking the doors those memories are hidden behind.

When you lose something and have tried everything you can to find it, backtracking and retracing events, but you still cannot remember where you put it, Memory Retrieval Hypnotherapy can help you. The specially trained hypnotherapist will help you to carefully recall the events, which will trigger further memories, leading to your answers. Since, when you are in the hypnotic state, your focus is enhanced and distractions are eliminated, you are better able to recall details that you couldn't during your normal waking state.

While many are using Memory Retrieval Hypnosis to find lost things, you can also use it to recover hidden memories. Are there certain topics or words that really push your buttons for no apparent reason? Well, it could be due to a life event that occurred, but you do not remember. Since the event was traumatic for you, the memory was put far away, deep into your psyche, so you could carry on with life. The only problem is it remains in your subconscious and still has an effect on you. Memory Retrieval Hypnosis can help you recall the events and connect the dots, so that you can heal from it and be free from the negative effects of it. Professional hypnotherapists not only help you to remember, but also to heal, so that you can move forward in life.

Whether you wish to recover old memories or find lost valuables, Memory Retrieval Hypnotherapy can help you. Using the power of hypnosis, you can unlock doors to hidden memories, allowing you to find answers that you may not have otherwise been able to realize. The memories do not have to be serious or bizarre, they could be quite mundane and simple, yet still you do not remember and they create obstacles. You do not have to get stuck at these roadblocks; Memory Retrieval Hypnosis is an effective tool to help you break down those barriers and move onward to make great strides and progress in life. Have you lost something important or are there obstacles hindering progress in your life? You should try Memory Retrieval Hypnosis. Thousands are using this non-invasive treatment modality every day to help them recover misplaced valuables, find answers to any irrational fears and phobias, and more. You don't have to fight the battle alone, when you have a great professional hypnotherapist in your corner.

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Sense of Taste And Brain Training Considered , Memory Training

Have you ever noticed that certain types of food you eat and chew on certain sides of your mouth? Do you know why? Well, I have this interesting theory I'd like to tell you about. Not long ago, I was on a long distance bike ride, and I came around a corner and the shoulder disappeared and there were several branches sticking out, and I dodged most of them, but one seriously clocked me on the side of my jaw, you know what; ouch!

For the next few days, I had to chew everything on the one side, the other side of my mouth. For some foods it was natural, as that's where I normally chew that type of food, but for other foods it was kind of weird. It turns out that there are different areas of your mouth and tongue which are set up for certain tastes. Okay so, let's ask some questions to start this dialogue and theory, shall we?

What happens when you change things up, that is to say switch the areas, particular teeth and way you chew those certain types of food? What happens when you do it purposefully? Is it the same as changing hands when gripping an object? Do ambidextrous people, those who are right or left handed both, use the same side of their mouths when chewing certain types of food as you do? I guess you know that if you trade off hands when doing things often enough your brain figures out how to do that and you train it to be ambidextrous.

It seems that whenever you are committing sense of touch, smell, taste to memory, you are training your brain, and making new connections to identify things. Consider this if you will, when you type rather than write with a pen, you use both hands, thus your mind is connecting itself and strengthening connections. If you always only use one hand and then suddenly practice with the other some task, the same thing occurs.

So, it would seem to me that if you always eat various types of food a certain way or side of your mouth, where your receptors are more prolific, you will get a different taste in different places. We already know this is true. The question is can we trick our senses on the non-use side to remember a taste differently and reprogram those taste buds to recognize things. Yes, of course, and in doing so we are also strengthening our memory in our brains, adding new connections. That's the theory in a nut shell.

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Memory Training , Keep Your Memory Sharp

You exercise not only to keep you fit but also to boost your strength. The other area that's important to exercise is your mind.

Physical exercise not only helps your body but is also a way to increase your memory so that you can stay focused and also keep your mind sharp.

Any kind of physical exercise is good for increasing blood flow to your brain which of course means that you enhance your thinking process. However, there are actually specific physical exercises you can do to get your mind working even more effectively.

When you do exercises that involve balance you are stimulating your memory because you require your mind to work to keep your body stabilized.

When you see athletes doing gymnastics this often takes a great deal of balance so their brain is constantly being stimulated to keep them from falling.

You might want to try include a balance ball when you exercise or you can even increase balance by standing in yoga poses on one leg.

When you are taking in larger amounts of oxygen, the blood flow to your brain becomes more efficient and also increases your lung capacity.When you are running or swimming it forces the body to take in more oxygen which then increases the blood flow to your brain.

If you find yourself forgetting things, think about doing some kind of regular exercise which will help your brain to function better and it will be able to store more information.

Learn to stimulate your brain in different ways. If you are right handed try playing tennis or golf with your other hand. If you write with your right hand change to writing with your left hand from time to time. When you challenge your brain this way keeps it from becoming complacent by forcing you to use your faculties in unusual ways.

Next time you shower or get dressed or even if you are making a bowl of cereal try doing it with your eyes closed.Your brain has to work much harder when you give it challenges and this keeps it sharper allowing you to stay more focused.

Mental activities are also very important for your brain to keep functioning at an active level.There's a technique called chunking that can be used to help with memory storage.

It works by using short-term memory to recall a certain set of numbers or ideas.For an adult, a normal memory range is about seven pieces of data.Once your mind reaches that number, new data just replaces some of the old.

You can use puzzles or crosswords to help your memory stay sharp.If you have a habit of forgetting people's names for instance, you can make up something that goes with their name and the next time you see them you will find it easier to remember who they are. When you make up pictures or silly mnemonics to go with information, your mind will often remember just based on the fact it was nonsense.Some people use this technique to remember directions or a series of events or even when giving a presentation.

Whether you are doing physical exercise or completing a crossword puzzle your brain will reap the benefits if you do something like this consistently. As with any other muscle, the more the brain is worked out, the stronger it will become.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Criminology Theory

In the last episode of this particular point of view in a theory, as related to Criminology, an interesting aspect is suggested to be prevalent among skeptical investigators. That is, one must be ready for the probable provocation in the societal possibility that fiction is often more acceptable than reality. Because, out of our libidinous desires for self-validation, we want to believe what we want to believe, in spite of the evidence to the contrary more often than not. That's part of the OPUS function for non-critical thinking (obsessive-compulsive unsubstantiated subjectivism).

What? You mean people are deceptive and appreciate deception in return as well? Sure, we enjoy really good story telling. That's one reason why we like movies, television and other tube oriented mechanisms of non-reality. Make believe is what we need to believe. Of course we do. We'll believe anything if it agrees with the mental rubric we've fabricated in our subjective validation for willful gullibility in our cognitive biases.

For instance, to take a side trip, we're even adept at inventing extra-dimensional, alien, and cosmic anthropomorphic or supernatural entities to express our prurient passions for reinforcement of personal proclivity with our fantasies. And, we collude in creatively conjuring collective scapegoats, sacrificial rites, ceremonies and rituals to ensure others conform to our belief systems. With that, force or abuse is always an option, huh?

This particular theory points out:

-Gods and goddesses don't kill people; people who believe in gods and goddesses kill people. So, go figure our mythological obsessions. Suicide bombers, martyrs or murderers, take your pick.

-There should be little doubt as to the ease of our acceptability regarding urban legends. Right? After all, don't you forward those cute and clever checklists to others on your e-mail list?

-Sure you do. Alleged "warnings" about this or that, you don't even bother to investigate further. Why? Because someone you know probably sent it to you. Well, if a friend sent the email to you, then it must be true, correct?

-And, if that's not enough, the failure of insisting upon critical thinking skills leaves us with fascinating theoretical conjecture and mythic notions about human nature and criminality.

-As to gonzo theory, that means there is the essential necessity for a healthy sense of investigative skepticism, cynical attribution toward fallacies of inference, plus the brazen frankness of the practitioner's viewpoint. This applies to any theoretical construct related to criminal nature.

-Naturally, gonzo theory strives to ensure that foolish notions supported by specious arguments based on hasty generalizations untested against the reality of the real world, always receive constant investigative analysis no matter what!

-Criminologists, who are practitioners, test the provability against the facts in evidence.
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Criminology Theory

In the last episode of this particular point of view in a theory, as related to Criminology, an interesting aspect is suggested to be prevalent among skeptical investigators. That is, one must be ready for the probable provocation in the societal possibility that fiction is often more acceptable than reality. Because, out of our libidinous desires for self-validation, we want to believe what we want to believe, in spite of the evidence to the contrary more often than not. That's part of the OPUS function for non-critical thinking (obsessive-compulsive unsubstantiated subjectivism).

What? You mean people are deceptive and appreciate deception in return as well? Sure, we enjoy really good story telling. That's one reason why we like movies, television and other tube oriented mechanisms of non-reality. Make believe is what we need to believe. Of course we do. We'll believe anything if it agrees with the mental rubric we've fabricated in our subjective validation for willful gullibility in our cognitive biases.

For instance, to take a side trip, we're even adept at inventing extra-dimensional, alien, and cosmic anthropomorphic or supernatural entities to express our prurient passions for reinforcement of personal proclivity with our fantasies. And, we collude in creatively conjuring collective scapegoats, sacrificial rites, ceremonies and rituals to ensure others conform to our belief systems. With that, force or abuse is always an option, huh?

This particular theory points out:

-Gods and goddesses don't kill people; people who believe in gods and goddesses kill people. So, go figure our mythological obsessions. Suicide bombers, martyrs or murderers, take your pick.

-There should be little doubt as to the ease of our acceptability regarding urban legends. Right? After all, don't you forward those cute and clever checklists to others on your e-mail list?

-Sure you do. Alleged "warnings" about this or that, you don't even bother to investigate further. Why? Because someone you know probably sent it to you. Well, if a friend sent the email to you, then it must be true, correct?

-And, if that's not enough, the failure of insisting upon critical thinking skills leaves us with fascinating theoretical conjecture and mythic notions about human nature and criminality.

-As to gonzo theory, that means there is the essential necessity for a healthy sense of investigative skepticism, cynical attribution toward fallacies of inference, plus the brazen frankness of the practitioner's viewpoint. This applies to any theoretical construct related to criminal nature.

-Naturally, gonzo theory strives to ensure that foolish notions supported by specious arguments based on hasty generalizations untested against the reality of the real world, always receive constant investigative analysis no matter what!

-Criminologists, who are practitioners, test the provability against the facts in evidence.
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