Posts Tagged ‘manage’


When the Brakes Fail

When the brakes failHave you ever been in a stressful confrontation only to find your mind is a blank? Or maybe you have exploded back at your antagoniser? Either way, you’ve experienced a pre-frontal cortex FAIL! Your pre-frontal cortex (PFC) is sometimes referred to as the brain’s CEO. It is the part of your brain that is responsible for many “higher level” functions including problem solving, abstract thinking, and regulating emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. So, when your PFC is functioning optimally, it won’t let you say that ludicrous comment to your boss that could have you fired, or jump out of a plane without a parachute.

But what happens under stressful situations? We’ve all heard of the “fight or flight” response (“freezing” is the often ignored component of the response). When confronted by an acutely stressful event our heart races, our blood pressure increases, our hands sweat, blood rushes away from non-vital organs and toward the muscles, glucose levels increase in the blood, our pupils dilate to allow greater visual acuity. All of this happens because of stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol, among others) released instants after the encounter, and all to better equip us to fight or run from our opponent (or if that’s futile, freeze).

All very useful … if you’re confronting a tiger. But for most of us, the response is more a hindrance than a help. In the heat of the moment, a release of chemicals from the more primitive regions of the brain (including those involved in generating intense emotions) actually inhibits the activity of the PFC. So just when you want to say something to defuse the situation, something that requires thoughtful consideration, your PFC lets you down.  You explode back, or you “survive” the situation until it passes (your aggressor leaves) then in the calmness of your office, when your PFC kicks back in, you think of all of the useful things you should have said.

So what can be done about your floundering CEO? In next week’s blog we’ll give you some tips.

If your brakes keep failing, give Beyond IQ a call, we’ll replace the pads!


Human Captial Management

For those of you who know what we at Beyond IQ do, you know that we do extraordinary workshops around behavioural change.

How do we do this?

We have a way of getting people to look at themselves like never before. Our aim always is to empower our participants to realise their full potential. To let go of their previously held beliefs about who they are and what they are capable of. We are essentially interested in getting participants to realise their greatness.

Why would we be interested in this as our aim from every workshop?

Because, we believe that when people realise their greatness (their full potential), they let go of petty squabbles, negative opinions they hold of others, and habits that don’t serve them and they begin to replace those old habits with new ones that improve the outcomes from their actions.

As we change the way we behave towards others, they change the way they behave towards us. First though, we need to change the way we behave towards ourselves. That process starts in our thoughts and culminates in our actions. As all behaviour does. It’s not rocket science, but there is a science to it.

The next time you see people in your workplace behaving badly towards each other, remember Beyond IQ and call us or email us, hell just email us now because prevention is better and cheaper than cure! Human capital management is what we do best.


Why is mental health such an important issue in the workplace today?

Firstly, psychological problems are estimated to affect 45% of people at some stage in their life, and as many as 20% of the population in any given year.  And secondly, don’t most of us spend around half of our waking hours at work? Mental illness doesn’t discriminate on the basis of employment status; we bring our mental health problems to work just as we bring our physical health problems to work.  More importantly for this discussion, the number of people experiencing mental disorders as a result of their work environment is on the rise.