Change Whisperer – Gail Severini, Symphini Change Management Inc.


Does physiology affect our propensity for change? A sneak peek at Simon Sinek’s latest book “Leaders Eat Last”

Are we just “ugly giant bags of mostly water”?—alien’s description of humans, Star Trek, The Next Generation, “Home Soil”

physiology of changeThis may be a contentious topic. Are we servants to our base instincts or are we higher, sentient beings capable of controlling our instincts with intellect and morals? Or, on any given day or situation, somewhere in between?

When we better understand why we, as human beings, “do the things we do” we are all better off. We can be more conscious of our personal choices. In our role as strategy execution and change management leads we can help people navigate their reactions to change more consciously. continue reading here



Who are “the most fully, crucially adaptive human beings around”? And what does this finding mean for Change Management?

Seeing as the real punch line is why, let’s get the answer on the table: teenagers.  That’s right.

Let’s face it – we were all teenagers once so we should be able to relate to this. The October 2011 issue of National Geographic explores “Teenage Brains – Beautiful Brains” and got me thinking – not only about my own teenage years and those of my sons, but also why some people are more open to change than others.  This particular article considers a phase of human development from roughly 15 – 25 years old and sheds light on the importance of physiology and brain science, in understanding adaptability.
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“Your brain on change management: advancements in neuroscience shed new light on the physiology of Change Management” guest post John P. Barbuto, MD

“Engage the hearts and minds of people in change”: motherhood!  This phrase is foundational in most change management practices.  However, it means something completely different to a man who has held a “mind” in his hands.  In this guest post Dr. John Barbuto, a most rare hybrid – a neurologist and a change management practitioner – enlightens us as to the history of this notion, points us to some great resources and challenges us to innovate our discipline with this new information.

Where did the notion of minds vs brains come from?

In 1641, René Descartes published “Meditations on First Philosophy” where he laid down the foundations for his brain concepts, later known as “Cartesian Dualism”: the notion that the mind and brain are separate (while both Plato and Aristotle had earlier opined on the subject, it is Descartes who is generally cited as originator of the perspective).
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