We are back from our fortnight in Singapore - a remarkable city-state in S.E.Asia.
Our Whole Mind Success seminar was, once again, a resounding success, with our clients requesting another seminar this summer. We also have a large client in Taiwan who us scheduling a Creativity seminar for government clients.
Singapore has a government which is actively promoting creativity in their universities and industries - in both cash and kind.
In Europe, for many centuries, it was the social class you were born into which determined your success and position in life.
In other countries, it is an accepted fact that intelligence and diligence are the major factors in a person’s success. Intelligence was believed to come from our genes, so we either thanked or blamed our parents.
Study and hard work, we were told, would lead to a life of comfort and wealth.
What do recent developments from Neuroscience tell us about these beliefs?
UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) reported that at least one organization has seen unusual growth - Unions.
From July 2008 to June 2009, substantial changes occurred in Union growth nationwide, with 24,904 new members in the Southland and 131,206 in California.
Unions actually increased their membership by 14% of the workforce over the past 2 years
Interestingly, in California, male union membership increased 4 times as fast as female membership.
This, of course, is unusual, because historically, during an economic downturn, unions get clobbered, said IRLE director Chris Tilly. Instead, in one of the most severe economic downturn we are seeing an increase in union membership.
One great attraction of unionism to workers is that in the USA, the average hourly earnings are about $4 more for union workers than non-union workers.
On Saturday we were at the famous CBS studios on Wilshire Blvd. - where stations like 94.7, The Wave, and 93.1, Jack FM, are broadcast.
This time the focus was not so much on Creativity as it was on Stress Reduction.
In the current economy, many more people are suffering from stress and the many illnesses caused by stress. Of course we all know that one major cause of stress today is Financial stress. Add to that the ubiquitous Mortgage Stress with the increased Cost of Living and falling real incomes - and it is no wonder that Stress is taking its toll on everyone.
The unfortunate fact is that the more stressed we are, the less able we are to make sensible decisions that will help us improve our situation.
Bala Kanayson, our whole Mind Success workshop facilitator is an expert on Stress Reduction. In recognition of his education, training and experience, he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress headquartered in New York.
The CBS radio program resulted in a large number of calls with quite a few callers benefiting from the stress reduction methods explained on-air.
Whole Mind Success is a unique method of using the whole mind in both our business and personal lives.
It uses recent developments in neuroscience and psychology, combined with methods of silencing the mind to reduce the constant "noise" in our heads. The result is clear perception unclouded by conditioning and "mind chatter" thus promoting true creativity.
Using proven methods, participants learn to use a balanced left and right brain, the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind, to increase their creativity and productivity.
Seminar participants report more effective business decisions, new engineering designs, creative artwork, and improved performance in sports.
Our seminars are unlike programs that teach well known external aids to creativity – such as a conducive work environment, brain-storming sessions, flip charts, sympathetic management, etc.
While these external aids are useful, Whole Mind Success methods actually change the internal structure of our brains - as shown by extensive neurological research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Our methods will build new neuronal circuits that enhance creativity and help develop new skills.
Whole Mind Success seminars have helped many companies increase their employees Creative and Innovative skills.
The methods taught at our interactive, hands-on workshops result in physiological changes - improvements in our Neural networks.
An added benefit is that, in the elderly, Whole Mind techniques help to delay, and possibly prevent, the onset of Dementia. Whole Mind Success keeps the mind alert and active, enhancing creativity and Memory.
For the past two decades, Whole Mind Success has been helping people become morecreative - throughout the world.
Every one of us can be Creative - and we can be shown how.
As the famous Dr. Maslow said:-
The key question isn't "What fosters creativity?" But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate?
Whether it be Maslow or Whole Mind Success, the fact is that we can ALL be creative - so lets begin now.
Last Thursday night we introduced Seniors to the Benefits of Whole Mind Success. The event at our local Goebel Senior Center was well received, with many requests for follow-up programs. The next morning, nearly 40 Young people were learning to use Whole Mind Creativity methods in ther creative work. There were aspiring Film-Makers, Movie Producers and Professional Photographers.
It is wonderful how Whole Mind methods can help both the young and the old.
As we now know, the brain can produce neurons and build neural circuits at any age.
Yes, Whole Mind Success does Increase Creativity & Innovation
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008
At : 10:26 AM
"Yes, Whole Mind Success (WMS) does Increase Creativity & Innovation" - was the conclusion reached by many of the participants at our first 2008 Seminar - held in early January.
In only 4 weeks, participants have seen positive results from WMS methods - in both their business and personal lives.
Medical research also confirms the efficacy of Whole Mind Success techniques:-
Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin using the university's new $10 million W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior used EEG to compare the brain activity of subjects practicing one of the techniques also taught in Whole Mind Success seminars.
They found that the practitioners showed high amplitude gamma waves - generally associated with attention, conscious perception, and learning.
Experienced practitioners also had increased gamma wave activity while not actually practicing the technique, indicating that it probably causes permanent changes to brain activity.
"What we found is that the longtime practitioners showed brain activation on a scale we have never seen before," said Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist. "Their mental practice is having an effect on the brain in the same way golf or tennis practice will enhance performance." It demonstrates, he said, that the brain is capable of being trained and physically modified in ways few people can imagine.
Whole Mind Success - proven to permanently increase you Creativity and Innovative skills.
January is usually a slow month - what with the holidays and companies planning for the year.
Surprisingly, we at Whole Mind Success have had our busiest January to date.
Three full-day seminars and two half days were received with great enthusiasm by our clients.
This month we head off to the annual conference of the American Creativity Association - a week long gathering of the world's foremost authorities on Creativity and Innovation.
Our founder, Bala Kanayson, has been invited to present a paper on Whole Mind Success and its intrinsic role in Creativity and Productivity. During his time there, Bala will also conduct several seminars for local corporations.