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Hi, my background is as a doctor with board certifications in neurology and addiction. I also have expertise and background in organizational change. Thus, I have the good fortune to see behavioral change from some very different, but interrelated perspectives. From medicine comes insight into how the brain works and how to make it work for you. From the field of organizational change management comes insight into what it takes to get organizations to adapt successfully to changing business circumstances or goals. In this blog I’ll consider a variety of topics which all circle around the focus of adaptive migration of behavior in response to changing life or business circumstances.
This era brings more rapid and extensive changes to people and society than has ever been previously experienced. The demands upon adaptive skill, flexibility, resiliency and intellectual ability have never been greater. We are not prepared by evolution for this extent and rate of change. Thus many people feel deep stress. Individuals and organizations succumb from core failures of adaptation and resiliency. Happiness can be elusive. Our brains need help and new techniques. We now need formal training in resiliency.
Work burnout is also a rampant problem. This is not only a problem for the individuals who are employees of an organization but also for the whole organization itself. Stress, frustration, confusion, and fear drive expedient behaviors which can threaten the most well-conceived plan for business execution. So, building resilience to change is an important skill for ongoing organizational success.
The limbic system of the brain is the emotional system. It has been popular in recent decades to focus on scientific thinking and to downplay the role of emotions. However, this is a strategic error. Emotions are an important insights into hidden beliefs, values, expectations and goals that guide overall behavior. People who do not use their emotions well do not do well in society.
Zen Buddhism focuses on attaining enlightenment through experience and contemplation. From this the word “zen” has come to carry a meaning of insight, enlightenment, and peacefulness – a tranquility born of knowing how things work and how to work with them. This site is not about Buddhism but it is about finding inner balance that leads to satisfaction and happiness in a rapidly changing world.
Together limbic+zen as used here mean finding effectiveness in life: accepting the reality of who we are (individually or collectively) and using this to move forward effectively to who we can be.
I hope you’ll enjoy these pages.