Guest Blogger: Helle Bundgaard
Hi my name is Helle, and I am looking so much forward to meeting you next week when we will discuss all of the things we know from recent research within the field of neuropsychology. However, knowledge in itself is worth nothing if you can’t put it into practice. Since 2003, I have been dedicated to bridging this knowledge from theory to the practice of coaching.
A New Tool
Taking all the good things we know about positive and cognitive psychology, emotional intelligence, leading with strengths, and the power of purpose, we have constructed a new framework that brings theory into your practice. Drawing from recent developments in brain research and neuroscience, I have created the Hierarchy of Motivation and a companion methodology to help individuals not only break through what’s holding them back but also tap into their own unique talents to bring greater satisfaction into their lives.
Fear in the Face of Change
Studies in the past few years have uncovered a great deal of insight into how the brain is designed to protect us from danger. Unfortunately – and especially so for personal and organizational change efforts – that protection extends to things as seemingly innocuous as losing weight, changing the carpet color or having someone disagree with our opinion. The good news is, along with this research, studies have shown how we are able to manipulate and manage this “threat response” and, by doing so, reduce stress, make better decisions and improve relationships.
What’s a Threat?
We all have a need for safety, food, and water. In addition to these needs we each have a more nuanced and unique set of needs that are just as powerful when they are threatened. These are needs like “freedom”, “respect”, and “to be heard.” These needs, while perhaps not threatening life or death, nonetheless have the strength to direct our behavior – and not always in a positive way.
Consider the last time you felt angry about what someone said or did. What need was threatened for you? Did the person cramp your sense of freedom, question (or disrespect) your expertise? Did they not “do the right thing”? In addition to a strong emotional response, you likely had a further behavioral reaction – perhaps a sarcastic remark, withdrawal, or a heavy sigh. This is threat response.
We’ve heard the old adage “I was scared silly.” or “I was so mad, I couldn’t think straight.” Well, it turns out those sayings are true! Brain scan technology shows that when the brain is in threat response, resources are taken away from the pre-frontal cortex – away from the rational, innovative, creative part of our brain responsible for decision making and learning.
What this means is that before we can become motivated toward a goal, we must identify and clear away those things that we see as obstacles to our success. Until we do this, we will continue to struggle with resistance and self-sabotage.
Become a More Powerful Coach
All this may not be news to you as a professional coach. Scientists and pundits have been commenting on these discoveries for a number of years now. The difference is there is now a bridge from this theory to your coaching practice. Join me with ICFNE on April 19th to hear my story and learn how the Hierarchy of Motivation can help you become a more powerful coach!
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