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November 15, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

Rational Thought Is Hardwired in Our DNA (So Why Don't We Listen to Ourselves?)

Our three brains work in funny ways. Sometimes we do things without realizing why they work, but they do. Our heart brain advises our head brain or our gut brain tells us when something just isn't right.  Psychologist and...

November 14, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

Routines, Rituals and Rhythm for Greater Engagement

Multitasking is not conducive to clear, innovative thinking. The head brain wants us to focus on one task at a time. Every time we switch to a minor task, like checking email or responding to a text, the head brain releases...

November 13, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

Engagement Can Work in the Community as Well as at Work

Engagement is not only for the office. It's for everywhere.  Consider this: because low voter turnout has been a problem in Baltimore City for years, local leaders decided to act. They instituted a program to engage people in a...

November 13, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

Using Our Brains – All 3 of Them – for Better Engagement

Companies that engage their employees appeal not only to their thinking, but their feeling. These companies know that our brains have three parts: head, heart and gut.  For the longest time, the notion that our brains are more...

November 12, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

To Foster Engagement, Look at the World Through Picasso's Eyes

Widespread change demands approaching human intelligence like Pablo Picasso approached his art. He knew that we are capable of sensing and feeling as well as seeing. He knew that we use all three of our brains – head, heart and...

November 8, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

It's Not Your IQ, It's Your Heart and Soul that Create Engagement

  Just as many people think we're mainly made up of bones and muscle rather than water, in society we see a focus on the head brain, and the subsequent neglect of the heart and gut brains.  For years, we thought IQ was the only...

November 7, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

Engagement at Work and Life Is a Continuous Process

Engagement is not something you do and it's done. It's continuous.  Life offers two different types of games, says James P. Carse in his book Finite and Infinite Games.  One is a "finite" game, which is structured by...

November 6, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

Eliminating Food Waste, One Hungry Harvest Recipe at a Time

  Can you solve food waste and hunger from your doorstep? Our friends at Hungry Harvest think so. Hungry Harvest is a farm to doorstep produce delivery service on a mission to end food waste and hunger. Every delivery rescues...

November 6, 2018 Joe Mechlinski

Engagement Requires Constant Renewal

Although technological changes are coming quickly, the truth is that we’re still a long way from fully automated businesses, even if technological advances have come at the expense of many jobs. For the foreseeable future, people...