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Mar 25, 2010




Thanks for bringing this to my attention. A great resource for creating the conditions to help people become 'more creative', also to allow me to become more proactive about helping the people I work with / live with.

From a career perspective, it also gives us a model for a)assessing our current workplace and b)assessing a future workplace.

Obviously b) requires more detective work, but at least we have a start.




Thanks, Simon--I appreciate it. I'm interpreting David Rock's original thinking here, so I certainly encourage you to check out the works that I cite for further details.

Cathy Carmody

I too follow David’s and other’s interpretations of the science of the brain, and appreciate your summary (which I came to via David's tweet).

My interest also is in how to use these findings and interpretations to build more effective leaders (and everyone is a leader). One way I use the new ideas is as an intellectual appeal to people to listen, feel, and watch for how their own bodies match the theories. As clients start to notice, and connect more to their bodies, they have more choice in what to do next.

I'm curious how you have been using their work?



Thanks, Cathy--I appreciate it. Your comments on the added value of neuroscience as a teaching tool are echoed by David, who's said that "Neuroscience gives leaders a language they're comfortable using to understand their experience," and (I'm paraphrasing here) "People pay attention when we use] hard science to help explain 'soft skills.'" (See my post from last November.) I use neuroscience both implicitly--thoughts about threat and reward responses are clearly an inspiration for my recent post on Safety, Trust, Intimacy--as well as explicitly--in some settings I'll talk about, for example, the SCARF model with clients or students.

Your comment about helping people "connect more to their bodies" reminds me of a post from several years ago on Physical Presence and Leadership, and I agree that neuroscience research is pointing us toward a better understanding of the mind/body connection, and specifically the implications for interpersonal effectiveness.



This is very useful information and aligns well with my coaching activities and it looks like something I need to follow up on.


Thanks, Dan--I've learned a great deal from neuroscience research that's informing my approach to coaching, and David Rock's work has been an essential resource in that process. You may also be interested in my post on Rock's SCARF Model an overview of Rock's work based on a talk he gave here in the Bay Area last year.

Christina Haxton, MA


Terrific summary on David Rock's SCARF model and how leaders can finally really use the valuable research coming from social neuroscience and other evidence-based models of leadership.

I've been intuitively using and teaching similar concepts to clients for many years ... finally the fields of linguistics, neuroscience, and positive and social psychology merge in a language we can easily understand!

Looking forward to more of your posts...

Christina Haxton, MA
Sustainable Leadership, Inc.


Thanks, Christina--I appreciate it. Like you, I've also found that neuroscience is providing compelling explanations for many practices and techniques that I've used in my coaching. And I'm equally excited by the integration of the various disciplines you mention--I think Rock's work makes a big contribution in that area.

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